Why You Need a Balanced Workout Routine

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:01 am by

It’s so easy for us to do the same types of workouts over and over. We get in a comfortable routine so we just go with it. When I first started working out a few years ago, I would do the EXACT same thing every Monday-Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical. Did I see results? Sure. But eventually my body hit a plateau because I wasn’t challenging myself anymore. Here’s the deal, if you want to see a change in your body, you’ve got to challenge yourself. Which is why it’s extremely important to mix up your workout routine!

Why You Need a Balanced Workout Routine

There are so many different types of workouts (cardio, resistance, flexibility, etc) and we have to make sure that we incorporate all of them into our training programs, because they’re all important for an overall fit & healthy body. Recently, I’ve revamped my own training schedule to include more stretching and cardio, because I was focusing more on resistance training.  I don’t want to just “look fit.” I want to be functionally fit. I’ve noticed such an improvement in other areas of training from taking more yoga classes. My form and breathing have improved during my resistance training, because I’ve been practicing those things in yoga.

Balance in Training

So this is my challenge to you: do something different in your workout routine this week. Take a class that you would normally never take. If you skip stretching, start stretching. If you usually skimp on cardio, add more! And if you’re scared of working out with weights, I dare you to try your workout with heavier weights (I promise that using heavy weights won’t make you look like a man, ladies). To see results, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself. And don’t think I would put you up to this challenge if I hadn’t already done it myself.

Why It's Important to Have a Balanced Training Routine

I took a ballet barre class last week and OMG the burn was ridiculous. I tend to stay away from classes like barre because I don’t think they’re “intense” enough compared to the style training that I’m used to. FALSE. That class pushed me and I think I lost over a gallon of sweat. And if I can get those 2 guys to take a barre class with me, there is NO excuse for y’all not to try something new (;

So remember, to see a change, you’ve got to challenge yourself. Make the most of every single workout and make sure to include all types of training in your workout regime. If you’ve hit a plateau, adding in different types of workouts can help push you up and over that plateau so that you’re seeing results again!

xo, Jess

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