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
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?