Quit Fitness Routine - Get in Better Shape

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 1st August 2014

Yes, you read that sentence correctly—however, the key word is “routine” and not “stop.” If your regular exercise program has become “routine,” it’s time to shake things up a bit.  A wonderful feature of our bodies is adaptability; yet this same feature can work against us.  When we repeat the same weight-training program, run the same route, take the same cycle class, our bodies learn what to expect and become much more efficient—which is not what we want if we are trying to lose weight, get stronger, or improve our conditioning.  On the other hand, when fitness enthusiasts expand their “workout menu” by increasing the variety of their activities, they enjoy numerous benefits such as: an increase in muscle strength and cardio conditioning and a decrease in body fat and blood pressure.  In addition, some even report feeling happier and more enthusiastic about working out!

So, if you’ve been waiting for a good reason to try kickboxing, a circuit class or a new running route, go for it!  Your body will love the challenge of a new activity.