You guys… we already know the importance of and many benefits of exercise. But to remind you (and me) why we often RISE before the sun to fit in our coveted exercise class, here’s a few key reasons working out is so beneficial:(1)
KEY BENEFITS TO EXERCISING
Reduces blood pressure, and lowers the risk of arthritis and developing Type 2 diabetes
Boosts immune system functionality
Keeps your body in check: weight, body mass index, and calorie burn
Builds muscle mass and aerobic power while keeping your bones strong
Increases your energy (gotta love endorphins!) and improves mood
Ensures a good night’s sleep
Improves memory and lowers the risk of dementia
Feels like fun – especially at RISE Fitness & RISE Cycle (or so we are told!)
Now, let’s address the importance of varied workouts. That is, mixing up your scheduled classes so that it’s not the same workout schedule on repeat, week after week. While you may find classes you love, it’s vital to keep your body guessing what’s coming next. Here are some key benefits to changing up your workout routine:(2,3)
KEY BENEFITS TO CHANGING UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE
Keeps you from plateauing during your fitness journey
Variety allows your body to repair between more intense workouts
Prevents burnout and boredom
Challenges your body, resulting in a greater calorie burn
Improves weight loss
To add more weight to the importance of mixing up your workouts, experts say that even if you stick to the same healthy diet, keeping the same exercise patterns allows your body to get used to a standard exercise routine that, over time, uses less energy and, therefore, burns fewer calories.
You may be wondering, what does a varied workout routine look like? While it’s helpful to switch up your workouts daily, your complete weekly routine should be changed up every two to four weeks for optimum results. Why? Because your body has to work harder than it would with repetitiveness, keeping it guessing and working it in new ways.(3)
When’s the last time you tried a new class? Are you feeling like you’ve hit a plateau on your fitness journey? Exercising intentional variety in your workout routine may be the simple solution!
Psychology Today. 19 reasons to exercise. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201205/19-reasons-exercise. Accessed October 21, 2017.
Pop Sugar. Why mixing up your workout routine is important. Available at: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Why-Mixing-Up-Your-Workout-Routine-Important-14965282. Accessed October 21, 2017.
Fit Day. Why you should change up your workout routine daily. Available at: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/why-you-should-change-up-your-workout-routine-daily.html. Accessed October 23, 2017.