In fitness, it is very easy become stale in what you do. So often we get stuck doing the same thing over and over again. We do this because it is convenient, easy and safe. We start going on auto pilot and think, “Well, it’s better than nothing.” If we always do the same thing then we not only stop learning and excelling in our skills but we also become stagnate in burning our calories. The term for this is called SAID, Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. Our bodies will adapt to the specific activity you are asking it to do. Variety allows the body to adapt to many demands thus becoming a better, stronger athlete.
There are 5 key elements to fitness to help diversify your workout, aerobic exercise, strength training including muscular strength and muscular endurance, core, balance and stretching. We want for focus on building strength and endurance over time.
How to diversify your workout, don’t over think it! First, work your whole body, HIIT training, Zumba and kick boxing is great for this. Change the scenery, like sprint training on the beach or bike riding on a new path. Lastly, change your intensity, workout with a friend, a new trainer or try a new class that you have been too scared to try.
I was once told that a person comfort zone is the most well-manicured piece of land where nothing grows. Be brave try something new…you won’t be sorry.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.