Fit & Fabulous: Vary your exercise and see results

Vary your exercise and see results

Have you been exercising regularly but not seeing the results?

This can be frustrating as you know you are putting in the effort but don’t seem to be looking or feeling any different.

One of the reasons could be that your body (and probably mind) is bored.

For overall fitness, variety is the key.  I love my personal training sessions because I never know what I will be doing.  Each workout is different and challenges me both in my body and my mind.  If my sessions start to get easier, my PT ups the reps or intensity to a new level.

I was reading an article on Healthline about the importance of diversity in your workouts and thought I would share some of these points with you. You can read the full article here: Variety is the spice of fitness: Diversify your Workout

Vary your exercise and see results

Vary your exercise and see results

Avoids the plateau

You might love a particular exercise.  For example, I love to run.  However, doing the same thing becomes easier after a time and so you aren’t challenging your body or your mind.  The result is that your fitness starts to plateau.

Includes the 5 main elements of fitness

There are five main elements of fitness: aerobic, strength, core, balance and stretching.  Each of these are important for fitness and flexibility especially as we age.

My routine is usually two runs per week which takes care of cardio, a yoga session for strength, balance and stretching and one or two full body workouts using weights or body weight for strength.  I also take a couple of days just to go for a leisurely walk or do nothing at all.  My body tells me what I need and I’ve learned to listen to it.

Challenges your mind as well as your body

Mixing up your workouts and doing different exercises keeps your mind active as well as your body.  When my PT gives me my program for the session, I have to think and remember the number of reps and the order of the exercises that she gives me.  It is a workout for my mind and keeps me alert.

Keeps you motivated

Boredom can definitely bring the motivation level down and this is certainly true for workouts.  Doing the same thing week after week becomes ‘ho hum’. Doing something different brings a fresh approach and if you are doing something that is fun you are more likely to look forward to the session.

Ensures your body repairs and recovers

Your muscles need time to recover especially after a heavy workout.  Most well balanced fitness programs include days where yoga or stretching is the order of the day.  This gives time for your body to recover and avoid injury.

 

What do you do to mix up your fitness routine?

 

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30 thoughts on “Fit & Fabulous: Vary your exercise and see results

  1. Terri Webster Schrandt

    This is a great resource, Sue! I’m lucky to be able to mix up my fitness/activity regimen. Weekends either SUPing or windsurfing, weekdays a mix of elliptical, strength, bootcamp class, bike riding (when not too hot), walking!

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  2. Sharon Duerst

    I’ve been walking several miles a day, most days, for several years. I was just saying I want to challenge myself to more strength and fitness…voila! Back up confirmation!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Sometimes we do know what to do Sharon but we just need a little push. Glad I could help and have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for visiting and hope you visit again. xx

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  3. Leanne | crestingthehill

    We’re thinking seriously about buying an elliptical trainer Sue – something to do when the weather is cold and it makes jogging less traumatising to the joints. A bit on the expensive side, but if not now then when? I know that as the metabolism slows we need to up the movement to compensate.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes that is a great idea Leanne and no gym membership or facing the weather if it is miserable. We don’t have room unfortunately. My dream would be to have an extra bedroom that I could set up as a home gym but not meant to be I’m afraid. x

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  4. Debbie

    This is exactly what I needed to read Sue, especially after going to a class in the park with mum this week. I know I need to vary things because I’m aware of different muscles aching already from yesterday’s session. Thanks!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      So glad you could enjoy a class with your Mum, Debbie and it is fun to try different things. You are right about the different muscles you use with different exercise that is another good reason to keep it varied. Have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Sounds good Shirley! I find it easier if I mix things up otherwise it can get boring. Although a daily work with your little Jack Russell would never be boring I think. Have a great weekend! xx

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  5. Leslie Clingan

    Great information. I had noticed that switch things up worked better for me. Running has always been my go-to favorite form of exercise. But I have usually combined that with going to the gym. Now I throw in bike riding, weights, swimming and hiking.

    You continue to amaze me with your insight on fitness and health and your enthusiasm for exercise and activity.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      You sound like you have it all in order with your workouts and variety Leslie. Thanks so much for your comments and it is all really just related to myself and my fitness journey. I’m not an expert by any means but like to share what works for me. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Then we lose motivation don’t we? I was only talking to my PT about this yesterday – not feeling challenged because I’m so used to the routine. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Mother of 3

    I try to use the elliptical or the treamill a few times a week, throw in an exercise DVD once or twice a week (usually working with my stability ball) and then mixing up kayaking, biking, weight lifting, etc. for my other workouts.

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  7. Nikki Gwin

    I do tend to stay in specific routine. But that routine itself is a varied one, so idk??? I’d just really rather be doing something else. hahaha
    🙂 gwingal

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Nikki but at least you have the variety. Exercise does need to be enjoyable otherwise we give up a lot faster. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂

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