If you want to get fit and healthy, you need to start training. However, it isn’t enough to train; you need to continuously challenge yourself. If your body isn’t challenged, it won’t change! This post is going to talk to you more about mixing up your training routine and challenging yourself to change your body:
You’ll Be More Likely to Stick to it
If you do the same thing in the gym day in day out, you’re going to get bored pretty quickly. Eventually your enthusiasm will peter out and you’ll stop going. If you mix up your training routine, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it. I recommend doing a different workout every day, and repeating the same exercises on the same days the next week so you can see if you’re improving. You can then change things up again. I have a 4 week training program at the moment that I repeat as many times as I feel I need to before I change it.
You’ll Get Overall Fitness
By mixing up your routine and trying new things, you’ll get overall fitness. Although we all want to look good, being fit is more important. If you usually do kickboxing, for example, it might be nice to head to a yoga studio for a change. It’ll be nice to do something different and you might find something else you like to do!
You Can Break Through a Plateau
We all hit a plateau with our training from time to time. We get to a certain stage, and we just can’t lift any heavier or go any faster. When this happens, it could be time to mix things up. This can help you to break through your plateau later on!
How to Mix Things Up
You need to enjoy what you’re doing, so make sure you keep your training routine interesting. If you don’t like it, you won’t stick to it, and that’s a fact. Here are a few tips to help you mix it up:
- Find variations of the exercises you usually do.
- Add more weight.
- Have a shorter rest time.
- Turn your workout into a circuit.
- Try a class you’ve always wanted to try.
- Start training different muscle groups on different days.
The key is to keep everything interesting, and make sure you’re challenging yourself each and every time you workout. Doing the same thing is OK for a while, as you can check your progress, however, you should definitely change things up. If you’re still not seeing results from your efforts, here are a few things you can do:
- Look at your diet. You can’t outtrain a bad diet!
- Make sure your rest periods are challenging.
- Reduce/increase cardio.
- Check your form.
- Drink more water.
- Take progress pictures.
- Be consistent!
There’s nothing complicated about any of this. You get out of it what you put in, so make sure you’re being honest with yourself. How much are you challenging yourself really? The only person you need to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!