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3 Reasons you shouldn’t stick to one workout

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.

Your workout becomes monotonous

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.

The risk of overuse injury increases

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.

The body will eventually hit a plateau

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.

Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.