So one thing I did do is try out a new workout...it was pretty tough! As always, if anyone tries this out, please let me know what you thought! Also, definitely modify anything if you feel like it! :D
I did do both "optional" cardio segments and the entire thing took me about an hour....oh and I just noticed my typo up there....I meant "Weighted Russian Twist"...whoops! Anyway, the most difficult exercises for me were the russian twist and the dumbbell lunge + overhead press because I tried to up the weight that I was pressing!
So, I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but I have been doing Blogilates workouts a lot recently. I've been absolutely loving them, and have been actually taking sort of a break from the gym and from the workouts that I was doing beforehand. I noticed a couple of days ago, when I tried out this particular workout that I had more energy and was able to up the weight in a lot of the exercises that I did.
I really think that switching up my workout routine helped break the rut that I was in, so I did some quick googling and here is what I came up with.
We are animals and so our bodies are highly adaptable. In other words, when we first start an exercise program our body will work very hard to maintain homeostasis because exercise stresses the body initially. However, as we continue to exercise our body will begin to adapt to this stress and therefore, it will require less energy to perform the same exercise for the same amount of time. This is or maybe was a great characteristic, especially years ago when we were hunters and gatherers and we needed to survive. However, in today’s society where this is not the case, and most of us are trying to maintain our weight or lose weight is has become more of a hindrance. Because it means it becomes harder and harder to maintain or lose weight since our bodies will use less calories for the same exercise session we did when we started. This is another reason why it is so important to change up your exercise routine so that you force your body to adapt again.
So there ya have it....changing up my exercise routine helped not only kept me from getting bored, but it was also helpful in giving me more energy to go back to doing superset style workouts! Do you like to change up your workout routine? If so, how often?
I leave ya'll with this picture. My kitten has apparently decided that she loooooves taking naps in the sink. It is just her size.....