All Mixed Up

Yesterday I did a cardio interval workout with weights. Today was a Masters Swimming workout. Tomorrow, not sure what I'll be doing. Point is....ya gotta mix it up. Mixing up your workouts serves many useful purposes.

First, it's fun and interesting to do different things throughout the week. Let's face it, not many of us want to go to the gym and pump iron 5 days a week. It's just not all that interesting day after day. So, try incorporating different activities into your week. Run, bike, walk, swim, surf, dance, kayak, skate, ski, sail, paddleboard, golf, play tennis, do yoga. You get the idea.

Second, varying your exercise routine keeps your body guessing. And keeping your body guessing, instead of just doing the same old thing every day, is a much more efficient and effective way to work out and to burn calories. Ever wonder why you hit a plateau, and even though you're going to the gym 5 days a week, you can't seem to lose more weight and body fat? This could be why. You're body has gotten used to your routine, and has gotten very good at conserving energy while you do this routine every day. You have to change it up!

The third great reason to mix things up, is that different activities will work different muscles in different ways. And this is a good thing. So, for example, if you're a runner, and that's all you do, then you are working the same muscles, the same way every time you run. This can lead to muscle imbalances, and to injuries.

If you've fallen into the "same old" rut, and are bored, and not seeing results, I can help you change things up. We can work on new exercises that you can do at the gym or at home, and/or I can help you get started with new outdoor activities and sports.

Mix it up. It's good for your body and spirit!


Anonymous said...

Tnanks for encouraging me to get out ofmy rut