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Switch up your exercise

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Are you a creature of habit?

If your scale has stalled or you can’t seem to budge off a plateau, you may have done the same thing for too long.

Your body has an amazing ability to adapt to a routine, and eventually it stops giving you the results you got in the beginning.

When this happens, you probably don’t need a different program or a new personal trainer. Sometimes simply changing a few parts of your workout is enough to kick your body back into weight-loss mode.

Consider altering the type of exercise you’re doing as well as the speed and the length of time. For example, instead of walking for exercise, consider riding a bike, swimming or using a cardio machine at the gym.

Then switch up the speed so that you move faster for a few minutes, then slow down again.

Often this simple change is all that’s needed to break a plateau and get your body back on track.

Excerpted from Chapter 24 in "Friends with the Scale."

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    emoticon Linda!

    I am trying to not exercise more, but instead change up the speed or intensity. Keep our bodies guessing what is coming so they don't get too efficient!
    1825 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    1826 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for the reminder!
    1826 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    Thanks for the reminder!
    1826 days ago
    I try to switch up my workouts as often as I can! Thanks! Thanks for the 100 Days book which I am just starting. Do you know if it is available in audio format from a library. I see it is not available thru the NLS for the blind & Physically handicapped. But, Hubby will buy it for me from audible.com. Just thought I'd ask! Thanks!
    1826 days ago
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