You stick to what you’re good at. That’s just basic human nature. You like your comfort zone because it’s warm and cozy in there. Straying from this means change and uncertainty.
However, this is a fatal flaw when comes to losing fat, gaining muscle and looking better naked. Day in and day out The Dallas Personal Training Examiner sees the same people do the same things day in, day out.
Just like the movie Groundhog Day.
Guess what? Their bodies looks exactly the same as five years ago. The whole point of exercising is to change your body, right?
But why aren’t their bodies changing? It’s a little thing called homeostasis. This is the ability of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance within its internal environment when dealing with external changes.
When the body receives the same stimulus over and over, it’s like “that’s cool – I know how to deal with that,” and the body returns to balance, pronto.
This is great when it comes to regulating our body temperature, breathing and heart rate but not so great when you’re trying to change your body.
To get better, you need to upset the apple cart a little. You need to switch it up to improve.
Don’t be like Bill Murray reliving the same day over and over again. Do this instead.
High intensity interval training
These involve going faster than your usual pace for a short amount of time, followed by a recovery interval at a slower pace. Then repeat until you’re in a pool of sweat.
HIIT increases the calorie burn during and after exercise and will improve your cardiovascular endurance and your fat burning potential. Your waistline will thank you.
These can be done on any cardio machine or by running, whichever you prefer. Always start with a 5 minute warm up and a 3-5 minute cool down after you’re done. Each work interval is 100% maximum effort.
If you’re new to interval training, start with just 2 intervals per session. More experienced exercisers will start with 6- 10 intervals per session. Do 1-3 HIIT trainings per week.
Here are 3 of my favorite (evil) trainings.
A. 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds recovery interval. This is advanced, so be careful.
B. 30 seconds of work followed by 90 seconds recovery interval.
C. 15 seconds of work followed by 30 second recovery interval.
That burning sensation in your lungs and muscles is your body outside its comfort zone, getting better. Embrace it.