It’s often difficult to establish an exercise routine that works for you. Hit the sweet spot and it’s great, but the hidden problem is that routine becomes too routine. Which is why you need to mix your exercise routines.
When that happens, it becomes too easy for people to stop doing the routines and give up on exercising altogether.
Why mix routines?
When you do the same routines with exercise, you get fewer benefits from it after a while. Your muscles become too used to the routine, and they will reach plateaus that are difficult to break through. By mixing up your routines, your muscles will have new plateaus to reach and will develop faster.
Trainers mix up the exercises of their clients for this reason. They switch up the sets of routines to keep the muscles from not getting the benefits from new exercises. Then, over time, they bring back the previous sets to once again break up the routine.
Routine exercise is still better than no exercise at all. Without exercise, your muscles will start to break down and become out of shape. But, once you start changing your routines, your muscles will be developed quicker.
Another benefit of incorporating different routines is your mindset about exercise will stay fresh. That’s one of the best ways to keep going with it. You can look forward to trying something different.
Of course, your muscles will hurt when you give something new a try for the first time. But, it doesn’t last forever. In fact, it should be a reminder that those muscles haven’t been getting the proper exercises.
Most people break their exercises into two major categories, cardio, and weight training. Cardio exercises can be performed more frequently than weight training.
You can do cardio every day, but weight training should be staggered every other day or every two days. The rest period gives the muscles time to rebuild.
Even though you can do cardio training every day, it is still beneficial to break up the exercises. You can do the same exercise for a few weeks and then change to something different.
Or, you can alternate between two or more cardio exercises. If you use a treadmill one day, then use a cycle the next. If you jog one day, then take up swimming on the next day, etc.
Shaking up your exercise routines will give you the maximum benefits to your body, and you increase your chances of sticking with exercising. You will be happier as well as healthier because of it.