When it comes to losing weight and establishing a healthy diet, it can be incredibly easy to fall into a routine. Your routine might consist of eating the same things or doing the same exercise daily. Once you find something that tastes good and works for your plan, it is easy to stick with it. When you discover an exercise you really like, you cling to it like a life vest. When it comes to leading a healthy life, this isn’t the best idea.
So why should I try new things?
Keeping an established exercise routine or diet plan can actually impede your weight loss and health. Stephanie Cunningham, CHHC, AADP, has been coaching our Real Women Real Results participants in Houston. She has helped the ladies see that their diet needs to include many new items they hadn’t tried previously. She states, “Variety is not only fun, but important. If we eat the same foods all of the time, we’re getting the same nutrients and most likely lacking others that are important to our health. A well-rounded diet means the body gets everything it needs (hopefully) and can function better all around. Our food creates our blood, which feeds our organs, which is basically our health. If we lack nutrients, our bodies don’t run at full capacity which can impede weight loss, among other things.”
It’s important to keep in mind that while doing the same things makes us feel comfortable, the process is not beneficial in the long run. Our personal trainer in Houston, Ashleigh Sutton, feels that changing your exercise routine is definitely needed. To lose weight, Ashley says, “Changing your routine keeps your muscles guessing. Sometimes when you stick with a certain workout and never change from it you can plateau. Adding new exercise techniques helps the muscles grow, which increases the metabolism and helps burn more fat.”
Diversify your experiences!
Variety is the spice of life, and that’s especially true when it comes to weight loss and healthy living. Trying new things is healthy – it’s something you should try to do regularly. Instead of sticking to the same food components, try a recipe with new ingredients. Social media has made this not only easy, but also entertaining. We feature new recipes often on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Pinterest is also a great way to include new recipes into your home. Ashley recommends, “changing the location or time of day for a fresh feeling to your workout. You may want to focus on different areas of the body like having an upper body day and lower body day. Or develop a list of 10 or 15 exercises you like and rotate through them. For example, pick 5 from the list and do 20 of each exercise for 3 sets, next workout pick a different 5, etc.”
When you find yourself doing the same thing day in and day out, don’t be afraid to switch things up. This is not to say you have to completely overhaul your routine – a certain measure of familiarity and structure is a good thing! But you can, and should, branch out a bit.
By embracing new experiences, your entire body – including your mind – benefits. So get out there and do something unexpected! A healthy life doesn’t have to be a boring one.