Switch up your workout routine
When it comes to your exercise, change is a good thing
When you’re leading a busy lifestyle, it’s easy to fall into a rut of familiar activity. If you want to continue improving your level of fitness, it’s important to switch up your workout routine.
Whether it’s cardio, strength training, yoga or dance, too much of any one activity can prevent you from achieving your fitness goals. Regardless of intensity, eventually you could end up injured or stuck in a plateau.
Both your brain and your body reap the benefits of variety, especially when it comes to exercise. Here’s why:
When you’re doing the same thing repeatedly, you dull your experience and exercise become less exciting and enjoyable. Tweaking your routine, trying a new fitness class or taking up a new activity can add some spice to an otherwise average sweat sesh.
Activates new muscles
If you focus exclusively on one sport or activity, you’re probably engaging the same muscle groups over and over. When only certain muscles are strong and toned, your body may begin to favour those muscles, making your other muscles weaker and increasing the chances of posture related injuries.
The best approach to an overall fit physique is to do a little bit of everything. That way, all of your muscles are strong, and the impact of activity is evenly distributed.
Prevent overuse injuries
If you consistently do the same activity repeatedly, you may eventually suffer from a repetitive strain injury. This type of injury is often the result of recurring motion like running, throwing, the swinging of a bat or racket, kicking or punching.
The best way to prevent a repetitive strain injury is to mix up your activities and give overused ligaments, joints, and muscles the chance to rest and recover. If you do get injured, you can still perform exercises that activate different areas of the body, so you can remain active during your recovery without provoking further injury.
Surpass the weight-loss plateau
Doing the same type of exercise repeatedly over a long period allows your body to adapt to the activity and the intensity level. Once your body acclimates to the exercise, you will burn fewer calories, and your fitness level will remain stagnant.
You need to challenge your body to continue progressing. If you adjust your workout to increase in difficulty progressively, your body will have to work harder to adapt, meaning you’ll burn more calories and activate new muscles.
If you can’t do this, try this
Running: If you’re suffering from joint pain or shin splints, swap running for lower impact cardio like cycling or the elliptical. Both machines provide a great cardio workout, but with much less impact on the joints.
Strength training: If you’re finding that free weights are putting a little too much pressure on your joints, try TRX, plyometrics and bodyweight training. These activities can be used to activate the same muscles, but are much less damaging to joints and tissues. Plus, they ignite your core to help stabilize the body and can also offer a bit of flexibility training.
In general, if you’re suffering from an overuse injury, sore muscles and joints or would like to switch up your fitness routine, talk to one of our personal trainers. They can guide you to an activity that accounts for your limitations, while still giving you the ability to lead a fit and active lifestyle.
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