Do you need to break through a weight-loss plateau? Are you bored with your fitness routine? Worse – are you just bored?
It seems that the older we get, the more we get stuck in a rut. Yes, some things need to be done with consistency. There is a time and place for a comforting and convenient routine. But be careful not to let your life get so entrenched in routine that you are doing the same thing, day in and day out, losing all sense of adventure.
It doesn’t matter what we are doing, but if we are doing it for the first time, we’re on an adventure. The thrill of attempting something for the first time, and the sense of accomplishment that comes the first time you master a new skill, are what grow confidence and imbibe us with a sense of joie de vivre.
When it comes to exercise, variety is what prevents the dreaded weight-loss plateau. If you want your body to continue adapting, you need to continue to give it new challenges. That means varying the intensity, duration and type of workout you do. While there are certain elements of a workout which are necessary and which I keep consistent (static stretches at the end of a session, for example) I strive to give my clients a variety of ever-evolving exercises in order to keep their bodies guessing and their minds engaged and interested.
Ironically, one of the excuses I often hear from people who are reluctant to start personal training or a fitness class is actually the best reason for them to start: “But I’ve never done weights/kickboxing/exercise/whatever before…”
Perfect! What better reason to get started now?