There are many choices for online fitness routines, but what you don’t want is your fitness routine to become routine. If you do the same thing, you get the same results. Motivational speakers will often use the term, living in your comfort zone. This is where most of us spend our time, living in a place that is familiar, unwilling to try new things or take a risk doing something that makes us uncomfortable, but would allow us to learn and grow. The same thing happens in fitness. Once an exercise routine is learned, it becomes habit. We do what we know. Well, just like in life, it only lasts for so long. You have to stretch the walls of your comfort zone and learn new things to create new results and become fit for life. If what you’re doing isn’t working, do something else!
Not only is there an endless supply of exercises to learn, but there is probably dozens of variations of the exercises you are already doing, making this an easy transition for expanding your fitness routine. You can also manipulate variables to change the way your body responds to an exercise. Here are some examples.
• Repetitions. You obtain a given physiological response for certain ranges of repetitions. For example, strength gains come from low repetition ranges, 4-6. Hypertrophy is obtained in ranges from 8-12 repetitions. By changing the repetition ranges, you can stimulate your body to respond and adapt and create better fitness results.
• Intensity. Intensity variables can be changed for either resistance training or cardio. For cardio, you can achieve a desired result by changing the intensity not only in a given workout, but multiple times within a workout. Interval training is one way to achieve a faster metabolism and burn a lot of calories in a short time frame. Ways you can change the intensity are through resistance level, incline or speed.
• Single Leg. Exercises that you normally perform in the standing position can be made more difficult and very effective by standing on one leg. This will improve your balance and strengthen your hips and gluts. Examples would be a single leg dumbbell curl or single leg shoulder press.
There are dozens of ways to change your existing exercises to create a new stimulus for better results. Your Live Lean Today online personal trainers can create and manipulate programs to optimize your results and give you enough variation to keep you excited about your workouts. You can learn new exercises and learn new ways to do the same exercises to get the results you want.