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How often should you change your workout routine?

I've read many articles and posts saying to change up your exercise after your body gets used to it.....but how often is that? ???I have been doing the same 45 min cardio workout for 1 month now. I'd like to stick with it because I know I will stick with it and not sure I would for something new. I am slowly trying to incorporate other cardio and exercises, but I know I will stick with my current routine. Is 1 month long enough for my body to get used to it? I am biking by the way - at a pace between 11-16mph.

Thu. Aug 17, 4:38pm

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Its been long enough!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 5:00 PM

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Up to you

I've been told once ever six to eight weeks. But changing could be as simple as upping your intensity, the order of your routine or the length of time you do it in.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 8:19 PM

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If your routine works for you, keep it. If it is making you feel beter or helping you lose weight, you are doing really well and have no need to change. One of the biggest reasons to change exercises is to keep you from getting bored and losing interest. It is true that your body adapts to the workout it gets all the time and becomes more efficient in doing the exercise - all you need to do is increase the intensity - something you will probably do naturally anyway as your current exercise routine becomes easier.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 10:19 PM

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I teach classes at the gym and what I tell my students is: We are going to do the same routine 4 weeks in a row so that we can master the movement. From there are are going to build on the basics, phase out some moves and add in more challenging moves our body will then be ready for"

so all in all I change routines every 4 weeks.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 11:20 AM

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You could up your pace or increase the resistance/add hills. That would increase the challenge without making it something you couldn't stick with.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 11:22 AM

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also, lowering your intensity is a switch up as well.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 12:37 PM

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If you have access to a heart-rate monitor, you will see how quickly your body adapts to an activity. For example (and keep in mind I am in very good shape), I changed my biking route to work last week to be slightly longer and include more hills. I easily burned over 200 calories and kept my heart rate up the whole time. This week, having done that route 5-6 times now, I can only burn about 170 unless I really push EVERY pedal, and even then, it is not getting my heart pumping as much.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 1:39 PM

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this article will REALLY help to mix up your workouts:

How To Train Your Body To Burn Fat, Not Sugar

This will help you enjoy your exercise and help you lose more weight long term. It is an important adjustment.

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 9:42 AM

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