Variety is the spice of life, and never has this been truer than when it comes to spicing up your exercise routine with a dash of diversity. Changing your work out and not repetitiously grinding through the same routine everyday has numerous benefits, two of which are staving off boredom and helping you get and stay fit and toned.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida found that people who added that needed variety to their normal workout routine had an easier time maintaining their fitness regimen and claimed to enjoy their workouts more than the individuals that slaved away at the same exercise routines day after day. The enjoyment of their workout helped to contribute to better fitness results, by keeping the onset of boredom and monotony at bay. However, this isn’t the only reason that these individuals had heightened fitness success.
Your brain has a memory, pre-programmed with events that have happened to you, and allowing you to recall them at the speed of thought. You remember the way to travel from home to work and then back home again, due to this feature that allows you to go into autopilot and multitask when traveling from point “A” to point “B”. Consequently, your muscles are pre-programmed with a memory of their own. When your muscles engage in the same activity day after day, they start to go on autopilot during your workout. This means that your muscles remember exactly what you did the day before, so they know and expect your next move, which is going to prevent you getting a solid workout. Your muscles are going to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, because they aren’t challenged to push themselves.
To put it another way, when you drone away at the same task, day after day, you begin to lose interest in it. You crave for something different to present itself to challenge you. Even trying a new type of food, can heighten your attention span, and help you become more reactive to the stimuli around you. The same is said for your body. Keeping your body stimulated with different tasks will help you reach and maintain your fitness goals much faster.
For years, professional trainers have stressed the importance of exercising different muscle groups on different days. This is partially due to muscle memory, but it also helps to keep individuals motivated and coming back for more. Your body is its own personal trainer. When you make a conscious decision to keep your body coming back for more, and adding something different to your daily routine, your muscles will respond enthusiastically. This can help you overcome plateaus in your fitness regimen.
Everyone craves variety in their routine, and medical science has proven variety to be beneficial to both body and mind. It could be something as simple as changing up your normal jogging route, or trying yoga in place of a spinning class. You could pick up weight lifting as opposed to swimming laps or replace a session of kickboxing with a stair climber. Whatever you do to shake up your routine will help you and your body stay motivated, and moving toward your overall goals.