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Should You Do the Same Exercises Every Day? (Part 1 of 2)

Should You Do the Same Exercises Every Day?

Being active is great—but what if you do the same exercises every single day? Will that help you stay fit?

Here’s the answer: 

If you have a fitness regime in place but always do the same thing, you’ll get some of the benefits of activity, but you won’t get all of them. With some adjustments, your hard work could create even greater results

For example, someone who runs 3 km at the same pace every single day is going to be much better off than someone who isn’t active at all. Running burns calories and works your cardiovascular system, and regular activity is great for maintaining your health.

But the body adapts to the demands on it, and once it’s adapted to be able to run 3 km at a certain pace, it doesn’t make any additional changes. You still burn calories, get your heart working and use your muscles, but you won’t get a lot fitter. You won’t continue to get faster or stronger. In training, we call this “hitting a plateau.” Improvements stop, and sometimes you might even slide backward a little. 

To make further improvements, you need to change things to put new stresses on the body and force it to adapt

For example, you could run 3 km in less time, you could run 4 km, or you could do 3 1-km intervals at a very fast pace with rest between efforts. All these variations still involve running but would cause your body to make positive changes again.

It’s the same thing with weight training. If you do dumbbell biceps curls for 3 sets of 8 reps at 20 lb. every day, your body won’t change much. It has the capacity to do the work, so it doesn’t add more. But if you asked it for 3 sets of 10 reps, or to move 25 lb. instead of 20, it would adapt to accomplish the effort. Your muscles would grow.

So if changes to your routine are needed to keep making progress, how do you know what to change and when? That’s where we come in.

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