*VARIETY IS KEY*
WHY DO I NEED VARIETY IN MY LIFE?
You may also be on a new health kick with the New Year just behind us and you have committed yourself (and taken your family along for the ride) to eating grilled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli/spinach every night for dinner…for NOW. How long could that possibly last…maybe a couple weeks or a month, before you or someone in your family breaks down and demands something different??? You may hear your husband or your son finally say, "I just can't stand eating the same exact meal for dinner day after day!"
VARIETY IS KEY! If you continuously workout using a variety of disciplines and you eat all different types of food, prepared many different ways, you will never get to the point of failure, or wanting to stop whatever new venture you started and were excited about at one point. Always change things up, in all aspects of your life, to continue excitement, satisfaction, and, most importantly, the willingness to remain in this new healthy you.
*YOUR BODY AND ITS RESULTS*
For example, say you have a habitual personality and you just love your treadmill. You go to the gym at the same time everyday; you get yourself on the treadmill, and you run/walk for the same amount of time (possibly one hour)! You think that you are doing a great thing because you are exercising for one hour five days a week (and you are to some extent). For one thing, you are burning a good amount of calories and keeping your heart healthy by staying active. However, a year later following this repetitive system, you notice ZERO change in your physique. You think to yourself, if you waited that long to notice and wonder, "How can that be that my body looks the same a year later?" Well, here it is…your body is so used to running or jogging or walking at the same pace at the same time for the same duration that there is no reactional response. On top of that, your joints are shot and need a break! Get yourself involved in a wide variety of fitness classes, types of workouts, less impact cardio to reduce this monotony and impact on your knees and ankles.
The most efficient way to burn calories and make the most of your time at the gym is to use interval training. The idea of taking your heart rate up and down, in and out of your fat burning zone, by using quick, high-intense exercises such as plyometrics, to get your heart rate up into your anaerobic zone, is the best way to workout…if you want results! You will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time by training this way. For example, instead of jogging at a slow, steady pace for an hour, try something different like jogging for 3 minutes and sprinting for 30 seconds for a total of 15 - 20 minutes.
*GET UNCOMFORTABLE & TRY SOME NEW CLASSES
PLYOGA gives you the ability to use active recovery in the form of Yoga & Core Intervals to barrel through a range of high intensity Plyometric movements. No two classes are ever the same.
These are just a few suggestions for ways to change up your workout and keep your body guessing! That's what it's all about…if you want results! Why not make the best use of your time at the gym? Workout for a shorter amount of time and gain dramatic results!
*MONOTONY OF SAME FORM OF EXERCISE CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR BODY*
*KEEP CHALLENGING YOURSELF*
*KEEP YOUR PLATE COLORFUL*
As with exercise, it's also very important to add variety to your plate! The more colorful your plate, the better! The deeper the color, the more dense the nutrients! Even though you're taking on a new healthy lifestyle, contrary to what many people think, eating healthy can be tasty! Every vegetable has its vitamin or nutrient that it's most known for, so opening up your palate to all veggies can really do you good in more ways than one. Here are just a few examples of the health benefits offered:
*TRY NEW RECIPES ALL THE TIME TO STAY EXCITED ABOUT EATING HEALTHY*
There's no reason to get bored in your quest for a healthy lifestyle. There are so many great and easy recipes out there that involve healthy, natural foods while giving our bodies so many amazing health benefits. I personally get excited about trying new recipes when I'm not sure what to make for dinner, and most of the time, they come out delicious! Tosca Reno in The Eat Clean Diet is just one well-reputable author in this field, along with numerous others. Think outside the box and try something new! Your family will thank you, as well as your insides!
*A HEALTHY DIET CAN BE DELICIOUS*