LHI Tip of the Week – Mix Up Your Workouts

“Routine does not allow us to progress.”

Finding exercises you enjoy doing is important and can help shed the pounds, but there is a need to incorporate different types of Imageexercise for many reasons. When you do the same type of exercise exclusively, your body builds certain strengths for those exercises. This means your body will eventually use less energy during your workout and burn fewer calories.

By varying your activity style, you broaden which muscles you are engaging and increase your physical abilities. Push your body beyond what it normally does in order burn more calories during your workout. This stress on the body will work new muscles or even muscles you didn’t know existed! Not only will you maximize calories burned, but alternating your activity will also help you avoid repetition and boredom in the gym.

Mixing up exercise routines enhances the body and mind, especially if you’re experiencing:

  • A plateau in your progress
  • Change in your goals
  • Boredom
  • Lifestyle change
  • Burn out

How to change your workout:

Be creative and think outside of the box – if you enjoy exercising outside, try adding sprints or changing your route to add a little variety.  If you like working out in a gym, try a new machine or group fitness class. Visit a specialty fitness studio to try a new class – many times your first visit is free!

Here are some ways to switch up your exercise routine:

  • Increase intensity
  • Switch the days of the week you do certain exercises
  • Slow down your repetitions
  • Change the order you do the exercises
  • Try an active rest day with low intensity exercise such as yoga
  • Workout outdoors rather than indoors (or vice versa)
  • Try interval training
  • Search workout videos on YouTube

Make it a goal to vary your workout routine this week. Let us know what you did and how you plan to continue adding variety to your exercise regimen!

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