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