If you’re doing the same workout every time you exercise, not only will you get bored, but so will your body. And when your body gets bored you don’t see the results you deserve.
The golden rule of effective exercise is to choose a type of physical activity you enjoy. But choosing just one activity isn’t actually enough. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines recommend a varied training program featuring cardiorespiratory, resistance, and flexibility exercises to foster long-term results. Injury incidence is also reduced when you balance cardio exercise with flexibility and strength training.
But it’s not just the type of training you need to vary. It’s a good idea to mix up specific workouts too, because the more you do something the easier it becomes, and every time you repeat the activity your body is improving its ability to handle that stress. If you want to keep progressing, you need to keep introducing new activity.
How you vary your routine also depends on your general health. If your body is in a stressed state you may not be equipped to adapt to higher loads, which means you could end up in an over-trained state and going backwards. In this instance, it’s better to keep with a familiar routine than try and tackle something new.
So in summary: A mix of cardio, resistance and flexibility exercise drives long term engagement and results – and reduces injury risk. If you do the same workout repeatedly, you’ll burn fewer calories and build less muscles each time.
To build strength and improve fitness you need to keep introducing new activity.
Small changes are sufficient.
If you’re introducing more significant changes to your regime you need to give your body time to adapt.