Exercise is to the Body, What Reading is to the Mind
If all you ever read was the same book over and over again you wouldn’t be learning much new and you probably get bored and stop reading all together. But that is exactly the mistake most people do with their exercise routines…they keep doing the same things over and over again.
Just as reading a broad range of information broadens your perspective on life, introducing new and different types of exercise will yield a more fit, stronger, and more flexible body. Next time you take a walk or hit the stair master at the gym consider trying this…. vary the intensity of your workout in intervals of 1:1 to 1:4. In other words, alternate doing the exercise at your maximum level for a set time, i.e. running as fast as you possibly can for one minute, followed by 4 minutes of doing the exercise at your regular pace. As your fitness level advances you can shorten the interval training sessions to 1:1, where you are doing high intensity exercise for longer and the lower intensity exercise for shorter times.
This type of exercise has been shown to maximize your fitness benefits, especially if you don’t have time to exercise for longer sessions in a day.