Common Workout Myths Part 5- Do The Same Exercises Daily For Best Results!
WRONG! Repeating the same workout routine over and over is a surefire way to STOP getting results. Humans are creatures of habit and we tend to stick to things we’re familiar with and good at. But when it comes to working out, if you want to make progress and keep seeing changes in your body, you’ve got to start switching things up.
Our body has an amazing ability to adapt quickly and when it does, that’s when you hit the dreaded plateau and you’ll STOP making progress. You need to keep your body guessing, which will keep your metabolism running on high so you can continue to be a fat burning machine.
A good fitness schedule includes cardiovascular (aerobic) training, strength training, and flexibility work.⁽¹⁾ This balanced workout program ensures that your body stays healthy and fit. But each of these three components also has weight loss benefits. If you skimp on one or two of them, you’ll end up with a lopsided workout program and you won’t reap the full weight loss rewards of your exercise sessions.
“Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) should account for a significant percentage of the calories that you burn each day. When your NEAT decreases, your metabolism slows, you don’t burn as many calories each day and you don’t lose weight.
If your daily workouts drain you to the point of exhaustion, it may be time to re-evaluate your program. Make sure that your high-intensity workouts are relatively short and that you include some easy recovery days during the week to give your body a chance to recuperate and rebuild.
Also, keep in mind that it’s not always the workout that is causing the lack of NEAT. Sometimes the choice to lay on the couch or sit in a chair all day is made out of habit rather than genuine fatigue. Try to skip the afternoon nap and go for an energizing walk instead. Stuck sitting at a desk at work most days? See if you can use a standing workstation or take short breaks to get out of your chair and move around.”⁽²⁾
The key takeaway from today’s article is that variety is crucial when trying to get and stay fit. If you’re just going through the motions at the gym every day and repeating the same old routine your body will adapt and become overly efficient at storing fat.
While it’s not imperative for weight loss that you utilize a personal trainer at the gym, good trainers are fantastic resources and will make sure your workouts are varied so you work different muscles different days; cardio some days, strength training the other.
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