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Change is amazing when it comes to your workout results

posted Nov 18, 2011, 7:33 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:10 PM ]
The first few weeks of any attempt to lose weight can be a roller coaster. You’re getting used to new foods and new exercises, which can be tough. But you also might be seeing results, which is exciting.

You might be tempted to stick to what’s worked and caused you to lose weight in the first place. But mixing it up, especially when it comes to working out, can help you see even faster results!

Your body is an amazing machine, capable of adapting to your workout of choice. Repeating the same workout day in and day out means you aren’t challenging your body as much as you could be.

By working different muscle groups, varying your pace during cardiovascular exercise, and adding new physical activities, you’ll keep your body challenged. This can result in more calories burned per workout, for faster results. Changing it up helps stave off boredom, which can also thwart your efforts. If you dread the same old workout, you’ll simply stop doing it.

If you typically work out at a slow and steady pace, try incorporating faster-paced intervals. If your usual walking or jogging route is flat, find some challenging hills to up the intensity. If you prefer using machines at the gym, add weight or increase the number of reps and change the order of exercises you perform.

Continually challenge your body by trying new exercises and increasing the intensity of your old standbys. You’ll find that your routine will get less stale and you’ll see better, faster results.

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