If you dread going to the gym and doing the same thing repeatedly or can’t seem to shed those last few pounds, you need to mix up your workouts to get the most from your time. Doing the same old thing continuously can reduce your motivation. If you’re able to do each exercise with your eyes closed, while talking on the phone and writing down notes, you’ve been at it to long. It’s time to switch things up and make your workout interesting.
Having trouble shedding those last few pounds even though you’ve worked hard.
The body is amazing. When you do a specific movement enough, it learns to do that movement without expending as much energy, just as you learn specific tasks and how to make them easier. The longer you do a routine, the more chance you have of your body becoming too efficient. While normally, efficiency is good, when it comes to exercise, it’s not. It means your body isn’t expending as many calories and you could face plateauing, that point where you can’t seem to shake those last few pounds.
Get all your muscles in gear.
Even though you plan a thorough workout, not all muscles get into the groove. There are over 600 muscles in the body all types of ways to move them. You’re probably missing at least a few, if not many of these no matter how good your workout. Varying your workout allows you to move muscles in different ways and can target more muscles to ensure you exercise more of them.
You’ll boost your brain and keep it safe, too.
Exercise helps build brain power. It boosts the cell growth in your brain and sends vital oxygen due to increased circulation. It boosts BDNF—brain-derived neurotropic factor, that stimulates the growth of brain cells, particularly in the memory area. Exercise helps create more neural pathways and increases executive functioning. According to a study by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh, the more different types of activities you do, the less are your chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Adding activities like biking, running, dancing, swimming and other sports can break up the monotony of your workout and provide bigger benefits.
- When you’re changing to a new routine, particularly if you’ve done your old one for very long, take it slow and easy at first. You’ll be working new muscles or working the same muscles in new ways.
- Mixing it up broadens your physical abilities and can help protect you from injury.
- Try to do something new every week, but not for the entire workout. Notice how your muscles feel and which ones you’re working.