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From your morning spinning class before work to your “bench press on Monday”, falling into a comfortable, repetitive exercise routine can often be viewed as the ultimate fitness end goal. However, repeating the same workouts over and over can be more damaging to your goals than you think.

First, for any one of us just trying to stick to a routine exercise plan, it can be much easier to keep mentally occupied with a varied routine. The feeling of boredom or the drastic decrease in motivation to exercise is often referred to as weakness in exercise. This feeling can be quite common when physical activity is based on the same few dumbbell exercises or morning morning runs.

The second, and perhaps more important, reason for avoiding the same exercise routine is the lack of physical difficulty or decline in performance. As the frequency of exercise increases, there comes a point where your body adapts and is no longer challenged as much during the same activities. Put simply, a jog at your own pace that originally burned around 350 calories can quickly drop to just 200 calories without any changes. Likewise, the muscle building potential is lost without having to try new variations in pushing, pulling and squats.

Fortunately, we can quickly counter this without drastically changing your current routines. For one, just try to train in the reverse order. A fast cycle moving from your core to your legs to your arms might work well for a start. After a few weeks, try to start the upper body exercises first and then move your muscles underneath – and notice the difference.

For example three sentences from the following series:

  • 60 second plank
  • 20 body weight squats
  • 10 pushups

Can actually feel very different than three sentences in the following series.

  • 10 pushups
  • 60 second plank
  • 20 body weight squats

Another simple way to add variance to exercise is the alternate method. This technique is a great way for someone with very specific goals to avoid excessive fatigue or monotony while exercising. As you build abs, instead of crunches for each session on specific days, you can add a stability ball or raised legs for extra challenge.

The alternate method can also be used within a single practice period. Since waking up to a cardio session every morning can often be daunting, a “run-jog-run” or “jog-walk-jog” approach offers not only variety but also some active rest time to get you back to yourself Come in and press for additional time.

Remember, whether you’re doing cardio-based strength training or a combination exercise program, small changes can produce significant results.

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