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Kirk Charleshttp://KirkCharles.com
Kirk Charles is a personal trainer who specializes in wellness. He is a 30-year vegan.

How often should you change your workout routine? The answer lies in your personality. Some people get bored with the same routine every day, while others like the predictability. But the real answer goes a little deeper. If you’re not getting the results you want, it’s time for a change, whether you like it or not.

The bottom line is always results in the health and fitness game.

I’ve known plenty of people at the gym who do the same routine all the time, don’t get the results they want, complain about it, but refuse to make a change—obviously, that’s another twist on the definition of insanity. However, we must understand that your expectations must be in line with your personality and reality. I’ve been accused of being too hard on myself when it comes to goals, expectations and results.

I often hear from friends and loved ones, “…but you’re over 50 years old!” That I will never accept as an excuse. My assumption is that I must be doing something wrong if I’m not getting the results I want. That philosophy puts me in the driver’s seat, and I can change direction and do something right.

For instance, if you’re not losing weight, you must be doing something wrong. Rarely have I found that it’s an age issue or hormone issue, or genetic issue. Instead, it’s directly tied to what you put in your mouth to chew one and how much you exercise, which makes it more of an awareness and discipline issue. Keep in mind, if you want to maintain higher levels of health and fitness, you can’t accept any excuses that keep you mired in lower levels of mediocrity.

This may sound harsh to some, but the naked truth is always tough to take. The truth is that losing weight is easy on a plant-based diet, but you must be aware of what to eat and disciplined enough to stick to it (of course, with a few bumps in the road).

So, if you’re not getting what you want, the time for change is now. But, if you are getting what you want, don’t change a doggone thing. Enjoy the process and revel in the results!

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