It seems that most people do not like change. You get used to doing things a certain way and want to keep doing them that way. But change is good for your brain as well as for your body. For instance, if you change your normal morning routine you force your brain to engage as opposed to doing things by memory. This gets your brain active early. Try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand than you’re used to or change the order you wash in the shower. You will be surprised how hard it can be.
Your body needs change too. It is really important to change your workout routine every 4-6 weeks. Your body gets accustomed to the same exercises and after a while they aren’t as effective. Even if you just change an exercise from a bicep curl to a bicep hammer curl, you are using that bicep muscle in a different way; your body will start to show a difference. Change your chest press to a chest fly or a push up. Also, by changing it up, you won’t get bored with your exercise program. If you always do cardio, add in some strength training, if you always do strength training add in some cardio intervals. Try exercising on the TRX or use kettle bell weights for variety in your workouts.
Even changing the foods you eat can make a change in your weight. If you are trying to lose weight and are always eating the same foods, change it up and your body will react to the change. I am not saying substitute potato chips for carrots; keep it healthy, but try new foods. You may discover a new food that you like. Your tastes change as you age, and it’s fun to find out what you may enjoy eating now that you did not eat a few years ago.
Personally, I like change. I can get bored doing the same thing over and over again. I like a challenge, and changing things up gives that challenge and re-energizes me.
Holly Kouvo is a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, speaker and writer who specializes in helping people lose hundreds of pounds. Learn more at www.FittingFitnessIn.com.