Whether it’s our regular coffee order, favourite lunch venue or daily workout routine, there’s comfort in familiarity, and as humans, we are creatures of habit.
To get the most out of your fitness regimen, however– and to avoid boredom – it’s time to push yourself out of that comfort zone. One such way to keep it fresh and break a sweat is by adding some strength and conditioning training to your current regime. Whether you’re into yoga, running or dance, here are three reasons to add strength training into the mix.
IT HELPS YOU MOVE BETTER
As well as build muscle and therefore increase your metabolism, strength training is proven to enhance your perception and awareness of the position and movement of your body. This is great if you’re into yoga or Pilates, as it means you’ll be able to hold poses for longer or nail the more challenging poses.
IT BURNS MORE CALORIES WHILE YOU’RE WORKING OUT
By adding strength and conditioning, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), to your existing routine, you’ll get fit, fast. Research shows that a mere 15-minute interval of HIIT has excellent benefits for cardio fitness, regardless of age or fitness level.
What is HIIT? HIIT is when you do short periods of all-out intensity, interspersed with low-intensity recovery.
IT WILL HELP KEEP YOU ENGAGED IN EXERCISE
It gets pretty dull doing the same thing over and over again. When it comes to exercise, it can mean that you either plateau in your fitness, or even worse still, lose interest entirely. By adding strength and conditioning training to your usual routine, you can give your body (and mind) the jolt it needs to burn more fat and also help to prevent overuse injuries.
To easily add some strength training to your workout and kick those fitness goals, check out some classes at a gym, or chat to one of their coaches or trainers.