CHANGE IS GOOD!
By Shana Daniels, 2002 Ms. Fitness CA.
It is said that we
are either growing or dying, & this theory holds true for us
mentally, physically, & spiritually. It’s important to recognize
that growth at any level denotes a change of some sort.
The human body is
the master of adaptation & this is especially true with how it
responds to exercise. Studies have shown that our muscular &
cardio-vascular systems adapt to an exercise program within about
6-8 weeks, so if you don’t change your routine, you can hit a
frequency, intensity or the time of your training is enough to
“shock” your body into responding again & getting results. Change
also stimulates you mentally so you don’t get bored, & since half of
exercisers quit within the first 3-6 months of starting, this is
Here are some ways
to help you “switch up” your workout:
- Change the order
in which you perform the exercises. When you fatigue the muscles
in a new pattern, you are forcing them to adapt to a new
stimulus. Also, try using different handles, benches, or
switching barbells for dumbbells.
- “Kick it up a
notch”—add short intensity interval spurts 3-5 times during your
cardio workouts. You’ll burn 40% more calories by doing this.
- Experiment with
different types of exercise classes, you may find some other forms
you really enjoy & it will give your body a new challenge.
They’ve proved that those who change their workouts frequently
enjoy them more & stick with them.
The key to making
fitness a lifestyle habit is to keep it fun & fresh!
Yours in health & fitness,
regarding fitness contact Shana at
firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more about her 12
week Body & Life Make-over Challenge visit her website at