Most people exercise for a variety of reasons, including health, stress-relief, injury prevention/recovery, sports, appearance or to be an asset instead of a liability in their line of work.
While your reasons for exercising may be similar to other people’s, what keeps you working out hard and deliberately may be different.
Some people are content with following the same exercise routine for years, never changing a thing. However, while they may be content, they are just maintaining—not improving.
It is important to add variety to your routine for these reasons:
1. New Motivation
When you change your routine (different exercises, a new focus, changing up sets/reps/days of rest), you are giving yourself a new opportunity to start fresh and set brand new goals. Use that motivation to your advantage.
2. Balanced Fitness
Variety can improve your overall fitness. Try a new activity that will challenge a new area you may not be used to. By adding variety, you can make yourself more well-rounded.
3. Knowledge Is Power
It is a good idea to do your research (being careful that what you read is from a credible source) on ways to change up your routine.
Learning and understanding about physiological responses to exercise and types of exercise can re-ignite the desire to train hard!
4. Better Results
The old saying “If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got” is very true in regards to exercise.
If you have done the same sets/reps/rest/weight and exercises for years, there will not be improvements. But if you vary your routine, you can get the changes you want!
5. Don’t Give Up on Your Entire Routine!
Varying your routine does not mean that you need to go from bodybuilding to ultra-marathon running. Tweaking the rest periods, sets, reps and type of periodization can greatly help you improve.
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