Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Thought for the day...........Are you stuck in the same routine?

Does this sound like your workout, 10 minutes on the cross trainer, rower, bike and or treadmill.  Then over to the mats for a few sets of sits up ending with a couple of stretches.  Done in around 30 possibly 45 minutes max.

Now if this has been your routine for the last 3 months or longer, your body is more than likely pretty fed up and you'll reach a plateau!  Yes its true that your body responds and adapts to what you are doing, it will get to a point when you've gone as far as you can with that particular workout. You'll stop noticing improvements, you'll get annoyed, lose motivation and may stop working out altogether.

Also as your body responds and adapts it also becomes more efficient at what your doing.  Therefore less calories burnt than when you first learnt the exercise.  Another reason to change it up.

I change my and my clients programmes every 8 - 10 weeks. 

What is also missing from the above workout is resistance exercise (if you've read my previous blogs you'll know how important this form of training is).  Resistance or strengthening training uses resistance in the form of your bodyweight or weights such as dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, balls, suspension straps or boxing the list is endless. 

Remember its easy to get stuck in a rut, variety is the spice of life.  So next time your about to hit your regular cardio machines, think twice!  Are this machines going to help me achieve my goals, or is my body crying out for a bit of variety!

Better still get yourself a trainer, you won't get time to be bored!

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