Updated: Apr 21, 2020
When starting on a path to fitness, many people take that first step with one type of exercise. That's a good thing because every journey begins with a first step. As we continue on our journey, varying our exercise and workout becomes more and more important. Whether you're just starting out or you're much more experienced with your workouts, a varied routine can lead to great results
So when should I vary my exercise and why is it important? When beginning to exercise it is important to learn proper form, understand how to perform the exercises correctly and incorporating your new exercise routine into your daily life. This can take up to six weeks or more. Repetition is important to build familiarity with the exercises. But after you have established your exercise base, your exercise routine may hit a plateau.
Your brain, your body and muscles all get use to the same repetitive exercise routine. Not only can boredom set in but your cardiovascular system and muscular system are not being challenged. Your body adapts to what you have taught it and your exercise routine goes into "maintenance mode" without delivering any more gain or benefit.
The good news? Whether you're doing weight training or cardio, changing up your routine can be as simple as changing up the intensity. For weight training instead of doing 10 reps at the same weight you have been doing, increase the weight amount and decrease the reps. For cardio vary the tempo of your cardio exercise. For example, if you walk and/or run at a steady pace for 2-3 minutes, than increase the intensity for a minute. Keep doing this loop for the duration of the exercise.
You can find more detailed information on ways to vary your workout here. So, during your next workout, challenge your muscular and cardiovascular system by varying the intensity of your workout. Get the most benefit out of your work-out for both your body and your mind.