In the realm of health and fitness, people engage themselves with working out and eating the right kind of food. While some people follow a certain kind of workout routine, it is known that there are various kinds of workout routines that they can follow.

There are various workouts for different muscle groups of the body. For a bigger chest, there are push-ups, barbell bench presses, dumbbell bench presses, pullovers, and dips. One can get broader shoulders with the military press, Arnold press, side lateral raise, front dumbbell raise, rear bent raise, rear pecdeck, and facepulls, among others. For the back, the exercises include the open and closed lats pulldown, dumbbell rows, barbell rows, and pull-ups, among others. For the arms, one can do the bicep barbell curls, dumbbell curls, tricep extensions, and side kicks. The legs are improved with squats and lunges while the abdominals can be toned with situps, leg raises, and leg cycling, among others.

With the aforementioned routines, some people think that the workout routines should be changed for variations while some believe that it is better to stick with a specific workout.

According to A Workout Routine, changing one’s workout routine too often is viewed as one of the “worst things” to do. As per the publication, it is a myth to “shock” the muscles or have the body “guess” due to the workout variations. It has been added that there is no magical routine that could make everything fast, from calorie and fat burning to muscle growth and definition. Time and consistency are the keys to make it happen.

While it is suggested that one should not change everything as often as the person likes, it does not mean that the person should never change his workout routine. As per the publication, one should change things if it “truly” makes sense to. A person should know the time, the reason, and the manner he should change his workout routine, in addition to the types of changes that should be made.

According to Men’s Fitness, one could change between size programs like high and volume approach versus a design that utilizes extended sets. A person can also use conditioning programs, which would only take minimal alterations to the workout routine, such as the kind of exercise, the number of repetition, and the length of rest interval. The publication added that people who are new to exercise should first take longer period of time prior to switching programs, since the body goes through an “anatomical” phase of adaptation where the hormones, nerves, and muscles still get used to the new movement patterns, neuromuscular coordination, and muscle fiber recruitment. It usually takes six weeks or more, since the long-term advantages of the program happens beyond the said time period.

For intermediate lifters, they should consider modifying their program as soon as they feel that they are in the “plateau” stage, in which the muscles begin to adapt themselves to a particular training method. Usually, it takes about six to eight weeks, so a huge strength plateau and lack of physical strength should lead one to consider changing his program.

With regard to how often one could change her exercise routine, certified strength and conditioning specialist Mike Donavanik has the answer. As per Women’s Health, he said that the easiest thing to remember was the F.I.T.T. Principle, which stood for frequency, intensity, time, and type. According to Donavanik, two of the principle should be changed every four to six weeks to push the workout scale moving in the right direction.

Regardless of variations in the workout routine, one should consider having a regular exercise. In addition, consistent physical activity is best coupled with proper nutrition, adequate rest, and right attitude.