In order to stay on track with your training long term its crucial that your training week has lots of variety. This could mean changing up the intensity of your workouts or setting your week up with different forms of exercise. Imagine if your weekly training involved walking on the treadmill 3-4 times per week – this would drive me crazy and I would probably start missing sessions as I knew that there wasn’t much of a challenge and boredom would set in very quickly. I must admit that I love weight training and most weeks I do 4 sessions but those sessions include variety as they are made up of 3 separate programs which are rotated.
Talking about weight training I know many women who are hesitant about it and I’m sure it all boils down to confidence, all it takes is for a trainer to do you up a program and show you how to perform each exercise then from there by law your gym should always have someone on the floor that you can ask questions to if you are unsure. Weight training is that type of training where variety flows, there are so many different options and combinations that you could never get bored and your body is always getting challenged and becoming stronger.
Adding variety to your cardio sessions is the fun part, the possibilities are endless. If you are someone who loves the gym then maybe add 1-2 outdoor sessions in to switch it up or incorporate one of your sessions to the pool or get some friends together and sign up for a team sport. I love putting my music on and heading outside for a run or if I only have a little bit of time to get my session in choosing some stairs or an oval and going hard for 20 minutes, love it!!
Any form of exercise is beneficial as long as you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and making each session challenging. Take the kids to the park and get them involved in your session or have them play whilst you are doing sprints or take along a skipping rope – skipping is a fantastic way to get your heart rate up really quickly and after ten minutes you are toast. Another form of variety that usually gets left behind is stretching out your muscles so by incorporating a pilates or yoga class into your week is a fantastic idea or tag ten minutes of stretching on the back of a couple of your sessions, not only is it necessary your body will love you for it.
For me, training is my release, my ‘me time’ – I love the way it makes me feel whether I am lifting heav…Read More
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