I find that variety is, as they say, the spice of life. I particularly find this to be true where my exercise routine is concerned—every now and then I find I need to change things up and do something different.
Much of the reason many of us get bored, disinterested, or frustrated with our routines is due to its familiarity. If all you do every week is Pilates-Spin-Zumba—or something similar, but in that same order—then, at some point, you’re going to lose your motivation.
Your body, excuse the analogy, can respond in much the same way your feet do to a new pair of shoes. At first, you find the fit is a little tight, maybe even slightly uncomfortable, but, as you wear the shoes more, you find that they become more comfortable.
So, you wear them more and more until, finally, you either wear them or are forced to throw them out.
Your routine isn’t much different.
As your body gets comfortable with the pace, frequency, and intensity at which you perform your weekly workout, it too will start to wear down—and not necessarily from fatigue.
It’s at that moment you should start finding other activities to heighten your excitement and give your body a metabolic kickstart.
Try a new step or kickboxing class, run stairs at your local track once a week—if you have one, take up tennis or join a karate class.
So long as your body is in motion, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing.
The point is, you have to keep things fresh, if you want to stay motivated. So, keep introducing new ways to challenge yourself and maybe, along the way, come to appreciate the value of learning something new as well.
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