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#820347 - 05/10/13 05:11 PM NATIONAL PHYSCIAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH-NEW POST  
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The Benefits of Varying your Workout Routine

Individuals should consider varying their exercise routines for two fundamental reasons: (1) to prevent boredom associated with doing the same things workout after workout and (2) to avoid or delay reaching a plateau in workout performance and, subsequently, training results. Research has shown that adding variety to an exercise program can improve adherence. Exercise scientists at the University of Florida observed that varying your exercise routine can help you stay physically challenged. Many of the body's physiological systems (e.g., the muscular system) adapt to an exercise program within approximately six to eight weeks. If you do not modify your exercise routine, you reach a plateau because your body has adapted to the repetitive training stimulus.

There are several ways you can spice up your current workout routine, including boosting the intensity of your workouts. For instance, if you jog or run, try incorporating some intervals of sprinting (e.g., sprint to a given landmark, then jog to the next one) or adding more hill work to your run. You can also cross train and perform different activities to provide your body with a new challenge. A nice alternative for resistance-training exercises involves changing the sequence in which you perform the training exercises. By fatiguing the muscles in a new order or pattern, you are requiring them to adapt to a new training stimulus. Another option for adding variety to strength-training workouts is to replace some or all of the exercises in your workout routine (e.g., substitute a dumbbell pectoral fly exercise on a stability ball for your typical barbell bench press exercise).

Keep in mind that doing the exact same workout, day after day is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people enjoy a predictable, consistent routine. They don't mind the possibility of experiencing a training plateau and are content to maintain their health and fitness levels with a comfortable exercise habit. However, many individuals need to push themselves to new levels and try different activities to stay enthusiastic and excited about their workouts. By varying their exercise routines, individuals can not only stay physically challenged, but mentally stimulated as well.

Reference: ACE FitnessMatters


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#820652 - 05/13/13 12:32 PM Re: NATIONAL PHYSCIAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH-NEW POST [Re: Terri Jo]  
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Good morning everyone. Today in honor of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, I would like to share with you:

Aerobic Exercise Instructions

Doing at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity like walking, running or cycling can help you live a longer, healthier life. As an added benefit, you breathe more deeply and heavily during aerobic activity, making your heartbeat faster and more blood to flow to your heart and lungs, while your small blood vessels widen to remove waste products and release endorphins, which promote a general sense of well-being.

Reference: Livestrong.com: Aerobic Exercise Instructions; February 2011

Be Healthy, Be Happy!


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#821520 - 05/17/13 01:41 PM Re: NATIONAL PHYSCIAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH-NEW POST [Re: Terri Jo]  
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A new piece of information for NATIONAL PHYSCIAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH: From "Prevention Magazine", February 2013---

"Team Up to Calm Down"
"The benefits of having a friend join you when you exercise go beyond the moral support you need to go the distance. Just having that friend may also soothe you. Researchers at Santa Clara and Stanford Universities have found that exercising with a partner enhances a workout's stress-reducing effects.
Subjects who sweated it out with a partner felt calmer than solo exercisers did immediately following their workout and later that night."

How about teaming up with a virtual workout buddy? Anyone interested?


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