If you're putting the time, effort, and sweat into your workout routine but not seeing results, it may be time for a change.
Why Isn't Your Workout Working?
For one, if you’ve used the same workout for a long period of time, you may be a "non-responder." In other words, your body is no longer responding to your workout, and whatever benefits you used to get from your workout have come to a halt.
The Importance Of Working Out Smarter
Studies clearly show that some people respond differently to various types of exercise than others. Research conducted at Queen's University in London showed the non-response rate among people doing similar exercises was about 30 percent.
While the study didn't measure other potential benefits of a long-term workout routine like lowered blood pressure and healthier cholesterol, the lack of other results (such as weight loss) may push someone to abandon their fitness program.
The Importance Of Change
The frustration level can become sky high when you're working out but not seeing results. And you can try and push past your plateau by continuing to do the same thing, but your body isn't likely to respond favorably.
The important thing is to tell yourself that you're not the problem but that the solution to your plateau is probably changing your routine.
What To Do
Experts suggest that it's important to change your activity if you haven't seen any results in two weeks — whether you're a beginning exerciser or experienced athlete.
Furthermore, results can vary from person to person: while one person is interested in improving their endurance, another person is interested in weight loss or muscle gains. You should tailor your workout around the results you want to see.
Working with a personal trainer who will monitor your results and develop custom workouts that best suit your needs is another important strategy when your workout routine is no longer effective.
Change Is Good
You can even change your activity mix every two to three weeks just to keep your training fresh and to increase your performance. For example, you might do a spinning class for a few weeks and then switch to a weightlifting program, or skip the treadmill in favor of kickboxing.
The important thing to remember is that change is good in terms of keeping you on your fitness track. When your body gets used to what it's doing, it stops working as hard.
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