Fitness experts have long said that when it comes to exercise, you have to do something you enjoy you'll do it regularly. It's really sound advice but as with most things, too much of a good thing can eventually turn bad. When you stick to a sport or to one type of workout all the time, you're putting both your body and progress at risk. Let these three reasons show you why variation is important for your fitness pursuits.
What you find fun now won't be a month from now, especially if you do the same set of exercises all the time. At some point, everything becomes repetitive and you won't be challenged anymore. That's why coaches often change exercises or drills in order to challenge your mind and body. The key takeaway here: Always push yourself.
Playing the same sport or favoring exercises for certain muscle groups will eventually take its toll on your body. Because you use the same joints and muscles for your workouts, they'll eventually suffer from wear and tear, which can lead to both minor and major injuries. When planning your weekly exercise schedule, make sure to include days for cross training or doing a different physical activity. This is a form of active recovery, meaning you keep moving but using your other joints and muscles.
Every workout has a use-by date. Eventually, your body will get used to doing the same movements that it will no longer be challenged or show results. That's the reason trainers often vary intensity, sets, and reps—it’s the key to stimulating your body effectively. Some experts suggest varying your workouts every 28 days, while also changing your goals every few months so that your body will constantly feel the challenge of exercise.