Do you know that feeling when you’re on the way home and you realize you have no idea where the past half hour went? It’s an experience of when our body goes into autopilot and our mind chooses to daydream about something else.
The same goes for exercises. If you develop a routine with your exercises – doing the same thing over and over again, you body can’t help but switch to autopilot.
The trouble with autopilot:
- Mentally you’re likely to be less engaged and therefore your muscles will be less engaged. Even if you’re mentally engaged, because the muscles become too accustomed to the movements.
- The lack of challenge brings your body to a plateau on muscle and fitness development.
- Putting in all the effort, but with less returns.
A key way to optimise your time and workouts is to always keep your body guessing. Challenge your body with different types of exercises. From strength training, to conditioning, to high-intensity, to cardio, to yoga, pilates, and more. You can increase the repetitions, carry heavier weights, alternate cardio workouts from running, jumping rope, to Muay Thay, and more. The variety is endless.
It’s about taking the step to explore the variety in order to optimize the benefits you can reap from the time and work you put in.