Change Up Your Routine For Gains
trainer I have heard
time and time again from clients that I work with how they have tried to lose
weight and get in shape in the past with no success. Although there are many
factors contributing to this lack of success, one of the most common factors
is lack of change of routine. So what does this mean? Let's take a look.
Our bodies are very sophisticated
machines and in such like to maintain homeostasis or normalcy. Our bodies like
to know what is coming that way it has the resources to combat whatever it
needs to combat. Case and point this is why many times clients will not
experience results with their own program. Most clients typically will do the
same types of activities over and over and over again which can, in the end,
lead to a plateau. Once our bodies know what is coming there is no reason for
the body to adapt or change or make progress. As a result, it is important to
throw the body a curveball that way it offsets that homeostasis and causes the
body to have to retool and adapt. So how can we do this?
In the world of weights, reps, and sets,
it is very important to make sure that everything is variable. Always change
your exercises, your weights, your reps, and order of exercises. As long as
you are always changing your program around you will see progress and results.
If you always walk 30 minutes next time
try walking 45 minutes. Maybe try walking hills. Or try a different mode of
cardiovascular training. Maybe to the elliptical, or the bike. Vary your
routine and always keep your body guessing.
It is important to note that changing
your routine and keeping your body guessing it's one of the most fundamental
and important principles of exercise. Always challenge yourself and keep a
journal. Change the mode of activity and also the intensity as well. If you
include these principles in your exercise program you shall see great progress