5 Daily Challenges to Mix Up Your Training Routine

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You love working out, but you get bored easily. You need some way to keep yourself motivated when exercising. Fortunately, exercising doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, it’s ridiculously easy to mix things up a bit when your working out so that you constantly make progress, have fun, and stay motivated. Here are five simple ideas.

Do Interval Rides

Also called Tabata-style training, the idea is simple. You take 20 seconds and give it your all. If you’re riding a bike, this means all-out peddling like your life depended on it. Then, you follow it up with 10 40 seconds of rest or slower-paced riding. Then, you go at it for another 20 seconds. Keep this up for about 4 minutes. You’ll be drained. But, you won’t be bored – guaranteed.

Do Sprints

Sprinting invigorates most people for one simple reason: it’s a shock to the system. When you sprint, or rather when you get ready to sprint, your body releases endorphins and adrenaline. When you’ve finished, your body ramps up the production of natural pain killers that are more powerful than morphine.

Do this several times a week and you’ll notice that your legs are noticeably stronger, your distance running improves, and your breathing improves. This is because you’re providing quick bouts of stress that are enough to get your body to adapt and change so that you’re more equipped to deal with faster and more rigorous sprinting. If you want to add to the challenge, after you’ve gotten really good at the 100 meter dash, try wearing a weighted vest.

Do Endurance Workouts

Endurance workouts will drain you completely, but they’re hardly boring. In fact, you won’t have time enough to think about anything, let alone be bored about your training. If you set up your endurance workouts to alternate between running and weightlifting, then you’ll keep your mind off of what it is you’re doing.

So, take weightlifting. An excellent endurance lift is the breathing squat. This is a single set of 20 repetitions of the basic barbell squat. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it. It’s tough, both mentally and physically. Take a weight that you can comfortably squat 10 or 15 reps and squeeze it out to 20 reps. Each week, add 2 to 5 lbs of weight. At the end of 6 weeks, you’ll think you’re in hell, but your lung capacity will greatly improve, your quads, glutes, spinal erectors, abs, and hamstrings will all become insanely strong and tight. You can either join a gym or find discounted weightlifting equipment on www.SportPursuit.com. It’s well-worth the investment.

In-between squatting, do distance running. This will further improve your endurance and lung capacity.

Intense Workouts

Another way to stave off boredom is to do circuit training. This is when you set up a workstation of several machines and rotate between them, giving each workout a set amount of time. It’s a time-tested method of increasing both strength and aerobic capacity.

Recovery Workouts

Sometimes what you need are “light days.” Go for a walk on a long trail, lower your working set in the gym to 50 percent or even less of your max weight. Go easy. It’ll be a new routine, you won’t gain much strength, but you’ll have a lot of fun.

Nancy Rider has a knack for effective and engaging fitness. She enjoys working with clients and blogging about simple ways to push fitness to the next level.

  

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The duration of exercise is the volume or number of sets performed. Intensity and duration have an inverse relationship. Meaning, the harder you train, the less time can be spent training. This is because we have a finite amount of fuel available to carry that level of stress. This is not a choice or an opinion; it?s fact.

Let?s take another look at a sprinter versus a marathoner. By definition a sprint is: To move rapidly or at top speed for a brief period, as in running. The key words here are ?top speed? and ?brief?. A sprinter runs with all out effort or 100% intensity. Because of this all out effort, which is a tremendous amount of stress on the body, the duration of the movement is brief. Now it becomes clear why a 400 meter run and longer are not considered sprints. Although some do consider the 400m a sprint, runners are not running with all out 100% effort as in the 100m or 200m sprints. Point being, one can only exert themselves with 100% effort for so long.

In the case of marathon runners, they train at a very low intensity. Because of the inverse relationship between intensity and duration, unlike sprinters, endurance athletes can train for extended periods of time. This is not to say endurance training is not difficult, I am merely pointing out the physiological fact the body can only train so hard for so long.

This brings us to the second way most people train too much, but the most common; too many sets. Although training hard is the best way to move forward, some people are under the impression that doing more is training harder. This couldn?t be farther from the truth.

Training all out, poses extreme demands on the body’s resources, which are governed by genetics and in limited supply. Because of this finite supply, the body will not allow you to train ?too hard? for too long, and gives clues you are reaching your limits. Once you reach failure performing a set, or run out of gas during a workout, you?re simply not able to train any harder. It doesn?t matter what you do at this point, the body is done. Performing anything more than what is optimum, will hinder your progress. Yet, at this point, most perform more sets with reduced weight or reduced intensity because of the more is better mentality. Do not get caught in this no win cycle.

  

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