Style

Is It Bad To Do The Same Workout Every Day? The Answer

May 13, 2016 by Isabel Jones
shefinds | Style

As a fairly lazy creature of habit, you’d be hard-pressed to get me to change my exercise routine. I mean it’s a miracle that I moved off the couch in the first place, and now that’s not good enough?! Well, yes and no. While variety is certainly the spice of (a more adventurous) life, workout routines are typically just that, ROUTINES. When you find one that works for you, it’s hard to just move on. The problem with keeping your workout static, however, is that it workout essentially stops benefiting your body. You might still get that runner’s high from your morning jog, but after a month or two you probably aren’t burning any extra calories.

But here’s the good news, you don’t need to alter your workout completely to reap the physical benefits. Experts suggest that you tailor your workout of choice by the F.I.T.T. (frequency, intensity, time, type) principle — remember it from 7th grade P.E.?

Anyway, here’s the deal, keep doing the exercise you love, but make sure that it adheres to these important deviations on the regular:

FREQUENCY

Pump it up, girl! If you usually jog 3 days a week, bump it to 4. Give your body an extra challenge by increasing the frequency of your go-to routine.

INTENSITY

Go harder! Run faster!

First, figure out what percentage of your maximum heart rate you’d like to reach during your workout.

Your resting heart rate follows a simple equation:  220 – (your age in years). Multiply this number by both .5 to find 50% (the low range) of your maximum heart rate, and by .85 to find 85% (the high range) of your maximum heart rate.

During your workout, take your pulse for 60 seconds to find your BPM (beats per minute). Wherever this number falls in the spectrum of maximum heart rate, aim to increase it by at least 5%.

TIME

This one’s easy, just increase the duration of your workout. If you usually jog for 45-minutes, bump it to 60, etc..

TYPE

Okay, sorry, you do need to change things up a little. Try to incorporate a different form of cardio at least one day per week. Just one day, you can do it!

Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out: 5 Exercise Items You Should Always Have In Your Home and VIDEO: The #WineWorkout Is A Real Thing Thanks To This Health Coach

[Photo: Barefoot Blonde]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

The ONLY Jeans You’ll Need This Winter, According To Hundreds of Customer Reviews

December 12, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're on sale for $37 right now!!

Fashion

6 Things You Can Get From Anthropologie's Sale Section Right Now For Under $21

December 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Who's ready to go shopping?

Fashion

The One Coat Trend That’s Going To Be EVERYWHERE This Winter

December 10, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We love this trend!

Fashion

Drop Everything--Natori's Crazy Popular Convertible Bra Is On Sale For Just $27!

December 7, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
It's cheaper than ever!

Fashion

FYI, UNIQLO Has The Best Gifts Under $100 For *Everyone* On Your Shopping List

December 7, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Check, check and check!

Fashion

The ‘Ugly’ Shoes Everyone Will Be Buying In 2019

December 5, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We've never seen anything like this...

Fashion

Believe It! All Of These Luxe Leather Gifts Are $65 Or Less #ThanksCuyana

If you're anything like me, then chances are holiday ...

Fashion

FYI, UNIQLO Has The Best Gifts Under $100 For *Everyone* On Your Shopping List

The holiday season is all magical and fun... until you'...

Fashion

Don't Miss Your Chance To Win A $250 Carolee Jewelry Shopping Spree

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season (besides ...

Fashion

G-Shock's New S-Series Watch Is The Perfect 'Treat Yourself' Gift--Here's Why

Who doesn't love gifting season? The look of joy ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS