Don't Get Stale Doing the Same Workouts Week in Week Out - Mix it Up
It's really important to mix up the type of workouts that you do so you won't get bored (as you can see from this video by Jason Strachan Personal Fitness).
Increase the intensity over time, try different classes so you won't get bored, target different body parts for a workout and most importantly, mix all of that with a healthy balanced diet.👌
When you start off with the ingredients to a recipe you mix them up to improve the quality of the dish. For example, if we’re talking Mexican food, you absolutely transform a tostada into an enchilada by the way in which you use the ingredients.
Of course, this isn’t a “How To Cook Mexican” post, but I’m hoping you appreciate the analogy?
The exact same method can be applied when it comes to overall fitness and weight loss.
By switching things up a little and mixing up the types of exercises you do, you’ll find that you will be able to increase the intensity over time whilst also revamping old and tired routines.
If you have ever watched those workout videos on DVD (do people still watch DVD’s?) the secret to these workout programs is down to the fact that the routines are constantly mixed up for variety.
They incorporate a technique called “muscle confusion.” Yeah, this sounds pretty complicated and even sophisticated doesn’t it?
Relax, it is basically using targeted exercises to continuously challenge your body so 1) you don’t get bored, 2) allows you to avoid plateaus.
Here’s a few reasons why you should mix up your exercises:
By constantly changing up your exercises and workouts you are adjusting your body to the intensity or quality of exercise. This is so important and often overlooked.
If you don’t do this regularly, you’re at the risk of getting muscle stagnation.
It’s when the amount of effort you are putting in no longer seems to work, nor do you see any results.
That’s one of the reasons why with all the best intentions, people start and stop exercises. It’s because they no longer see any progress happening.
By integrating your approach to training you are literally combining all of the important types of workout for a better and more productive workout, such as cardio, core training, agility and strength training.
Make Exercise More Fun
There really is no limit to what you can achieve. By mixing up your exercises and using some of the techniques discussed you’ll start enjoying exercising again and really start to challenge yourself.
It’s also a good idea to vary where you train. There’s no reason why you have to stay in the gym, why not take yourself down to a local park, go to your nearest track or if you’re lucky enough and live close, go down to a local beach?