Change It Up For Better Results

by Antonio Sini

I’m guessing you don’t eat the exact same thing every day? (If you do, we should talk.)  Not only would that get boring after a week or two, but you’re likely to miss key nutrients that come from eating a variety of foods.  Variety is just as important when it comes to exercise.

When you follow the exact same exercise regimen over and over, and never change your routine, several things can happen:

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• Over-training – If your workouts are making you tired and overly sore in certain areas of your body, this is a sign of over-training. Hitting the same body parts with the same exercises every workout, for example, or taking only spin classes every week, may not be giving your body the overall variety it needs. Without a varied program, some muscles get underused, some muscles get overly fatigued. And fatigue can lead to…

• Injury! – Repetitive strain injuries are caused when you put your body through the same motions over and over again. You need to give those overused muscles, joints, and ligaments a chance to rest and recover, while strengthening other muscles that will help keep your body balanced and strong.

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• Plateau – Haven’t been getting results lately? Your body will quickly adapt to repetitive movements, especially if you’re always in the same plane of motion. If you take the same exercise class or do the same routine week after week, your body will adapt and progress will slow dramatically or even stop.

• Boredom – Are you making up excuses to skip the gym on the way home? After months of the same routine, even the most devoted gym rat can get bored. Waning motivation, cutting workouts short and not having your old enthusiasm all are signs of a stale exercise regimen.

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Get yourself excited about exercise again!  When too many days go by where you’d rather hit the snooze button than hit the gym, it’s definitely time to make a change.  It may take a little trial and error before you find a new workout you enjoy, but stick with it until you do.  Change up your routine so that you include several types of activity every week.  You’ll see better results and have a lot more fun doing it.