When I speak to people about their exercise routine, the number one question I’m always asked is “How do I change?” The answer is both simple and complex; if you want your body to change, you have to change what you are doing to your body. That’s the simple part, but it tends to get complex when what those changes need to be falls into question. To start chipping away at the solution, you need to know what you have been doing.
Variety is the key. Your body will adapt to whatever you do to it, provided you don’t overdo it and injure yourself. A simple change in the amount of weight you use, the duration of an activity, or just adding an additional day could be the next step to getting you to that change you had envisioned when you began your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
You don’t have to go out and buy a new machine, here are some ideas for under $100 to help get more variety out of your exercise program. Our trainers often bring in new “toys” (trainer speak) or “torture devices” (client speak) to change it up. You can use a swiss ball ($20) for core exercises, a bosu ($99) for core, balance and agility. A medicine ball ($50) can be good for core, power and agility and they are great to get some aggression out. To get the most out of these tools call and we can set up a routine specifically for you and your needs.
Nowadays, all kinds of pre packaged programs exist that you will adapt to starting in as little as 6 weeks. The trick is to not get caught in a rut and do the same things over and over for months at a time. Try doing pilates then change it up and do a body pump or boot camp. If you are lifting, try lifting sets of 12 and then change to sets of 25. If you are running, add hills into the mix. Changing your regular elliptical routine from 45 minutes at 100 rpm’s to 120 rpm’s could be just what you need to shake your body out of a plateau.
If you are still in the thinking stage of exercise, take that first step and get off the couch and start walking. The first step is often the hardest. Last month I wrote about momentum and we are actually touching on momentum a little today (it’s kind of hard not to!) Just remember a ball rolling down hill will pick up speed and so will you!