Try Something New
Let's face it, when something becomes boring we don't enjoy it as much so we are less motivated to do it, right? This is especially true if you often exercise indoors or on stationary equipment. It doesn't matter how many “real life” scenic paths they flash on the high-tech screens, a treadmill can still be monotonous. There are times when it wouldn't take much convincing for you to forego the gym so you can finish the latest bestseller, watch a good movie, have coffee with a friend.....wash the kitchen floor, balance your chequebook, organize your sock drawer.....yes, sometimes it really is that bad.
We've all felt this way at one point or another. C'mon, admit it – it's true! But, beyond the sheer boredom for you, doing the same thing over and over can also cause problems for your body. It adapts to what you are doing and finds a way to get through the workout more efficiently. That means you burn less calories and will eventually plateau in your fitness goals. And, no one wants that! So, mix it up a little. Trying something new can offer many benefits.
It keeps things interesting so you are more motivated to workout
It can help break through plateaus so you get results faster
It can prevent overuse injuries
It challenges the body, thereby burning more calories and working muscles in a different way.
It can improve your physical abilities in a variety of activities. So, rather than focusing on jogging only, you will also develop skills in other areas such as dance, yoga, swimming, etc.
Studies have shown that trying new things, challenging yourself, and keeping your body guessing can reduce your risk of dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease.