Mix It Up!

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Sick of doing the same thing over and over again and NOT seeing any results? Don’t get me wrong; having a set routine in place is great… BUT, you have to mix it up!

Train the same, Remain the same!

Not only will you get bored and fed up with not seeing results but you can feel unmotivated and want to give up on your fitness journey – noooo!

Why does this happen?

Our body gets use to the same activity level of exercise, resulting in your body eventually hitting a  plateau – which can be frustrating and very disheartening. You will still be burning calories but will stay at a ‘maintenance’ level not progressing further which is why it’s so important to change your routine every 4-6 weeks to maximize your results!

For me, it’s something I have struggled with, as I haven’t necessarily gotten bored with my routine, but I enjoy it! Through seeking advise from friends, trainers and industry professionals I’ve been able to find the balance between doing what I enjoy but still challenging myself, physically and mentally with different fitness routines.

Ways to mix up your routine:

  • Aim for 2-3 days of HIIT cross-training cardio per week.

For example: If you go for a run one day, try cycling the next, like a spin class or a different cardio class at the gym. Or try swimming or the cross-trainer machine at the gym.

  • Aim for 3 days of weight training per week. You could mix your routine by grouping different muscle groups and working them on different days.

For example: Mondays: Legs and Butt; Wednesdays: Back and Chest; Fridays: Biceps, Triceps and Shoulders. Alternatively, you could use the 3 days and do a full body workout but increase your weights/try different exercises every 2-3 weeks.

  • Try different things, shock your body, challenge yourself with different activities you haven’t tried before. 

For example: This might be joining a a group sport, participating in a 12 week boot-camp challenge, take up a PT session to learn different exercises in the gym. Try different classes at the gym, incorporate a yoga or pilates class a week. 

Exercise should be apart of your life, for the rest of your life! It can be fun, and should be something you enjoy! It shouldn’t be a punishment for something you have eaten, nor should it be a quick fix or a ‘FAD’ to get unhealthy results quickly.

So find what works for you, ditch what doesn’t, stay focused, stay positive and stay patient; the results will come!

One thing that you must remember with any fitness plan is NUTRITION and REST. You will not get the results without fueling your body correctly and resting it.

Pump it up!!!

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