Within a few weeks, a certain exercise plan or weight loss program may start to falter – you may be begin to see some visible signs that it has been working but then progress suddenly stops. This is because the body has adapted to the exercise or the diet you are doing.
Here are a few tips for varying your exercise regimen:
- Instead of doing gym, swim or run 3 times a week, take up a sport like squash or tennis where there is some social aspect
- Change the duration and frequency of your work out components
- Try a martial art like judo or karate, as this will teach you useful skills as well as keep you fit
- Yoga such as ashtanga yoga can help build both stamina, strength and flexibility
- Trampolining and dancing are not obvious choices of training regimes, but they burn a lot of energy and are a lot of fun
The body has an impressive ability to adapt to new conditions it is subject to. Once the body has built up strength and adapted to the stress of a particular exercise, it remains at that level of fitness. The body is no longer challenged by the exercise because it is within its capabilities. What to do to continue losing weight?
- More exercise
- Stricter diet
- Both more exercise and stricter diet
At some point degrees of this becomes either unhealthy or time consuming or both. However, if the body is challenged it develops new fitness levels and a higher degree of fitness is a great way to help control weight much easier.
Thus, you need to vary your exercise and diet program.
This will help encourage you to stick to a routine of exercise and diet because it breaks up the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again. How often exercise routines need to be changed depend on the individual and other factors such as genetics, recovery factors, diet and fitness levels.