Does going to the gym sound boring to you? Does the idea of running on a treadmill make you want to stay home and watch TV? Guess what? You're not alone! One of the biggest reasons exercisers stop making progress in their weight loss or worse yet, stopped working out all together, is boredom. In fact, doing the same workout routine over and over, whether that's cardio or resistance training, is a surefire way to get bored and on top of that, it's a reliable way to STOP getting the results you want.
Here's the problem. The body and mind have this incredible ability to adapt to new inputs very quickly. The gains that occur in the first few weeks of doing a workout are usually the result of neuromuscular adaptations. During this phase, your muscles and nerves are learning how to fire to efficiently perform the exercise and as a result you see a rapid change in your abilities. However, after several weeks, once your body has figured out what muscles and nerves need to fire, your progression slows down. Additionally, your mind figures out little ways to cheat...A little swing of the weight, or a twist of the elbow, or pushing with the stronger leg, etc., all serve to further slow down the progression.
As your progression slows, so too does your enthusiasm. It's hard to keep motivated when the weight loss slows or stops or you can't lift heavier weights or improve your time on cardio activities. Then why do people repeat the same workout over and over expecting different results? Partly because we're creatures of habit. Partly because we liked seeing ourselves progress over time. (E.g. The first time you do a workout, you can lift 25 lbs. or run for 15 minutes. Then, over time, you add more weight or time and that feels good because you have evidence that you're progressing.) Partly because it is uncomfortable doing things that we're not good at or that we're not familiar with. And partly because we are uncertain how to change things up in a way that will get us the same level of results.
So, what can you do about this? The answer is simple. Switch things up on a regular basis. Here at Proactive Evolution, we are constantly changing up the exercises that our clients do. Focusing on Metabolic Workouts with a wide variety of exercises that work the entire body, you will get the results you want.
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