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Here’s why you need to switch up your workouts to meet your fitness goals

Published on:17 January 2021, 11:00am IST
Whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle, you need to bring some variation in your workout routine if you want to see results.
Meenakshi Mohanty
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Mix your workout regimens for the best results! Image courtesy: Meenakshi Mohanty

You might have heard that a balanced diet is imperative for achieving desired physical fitness. Well, as true as that is, if you maintain a similar balance in your workout regimes, you can make wonders happen. But how is that?

As balanced diet tends to give your body the perfect mix of the required nutrients, the same action is achieved on various muscles of your body through a mixed workout. Thankfully, it also makes your workout regime non-monotonous and more interesting.

However, mixing your workout regimes is nothing short of an art. You have to do it quite skilfully to generate the desired impact. Having targeted mixes is advantageous on multiple fronts. Primarily, it enhances your overall training strategy and makes it more dynamic. Secondly, you can focus on different body parts dedicatedly and shift your focus as and when the need be.

So, if you are looking to mix different workout regimes, here are a few tips that will help you in the process.

1. Analyse your training regime

In order to understand what needs to change, you first need to understand how exactly you are training currently. Try and analyse what exactly is the primary focus area of the training regime that you are accustomed to.

For instance, is it based on strength training or aesthetics, endurance building or aerobics? This will help you better comprehend what you need to further add to your training or eliminate.

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Rejig your routine. Image courtesy: Meenakshi Mohanty
2. Define your goals

Changing your training strategy randomly will get you the exactly same result—random. The next thing that you need to do (after your training analysis) is to figure out what your intended goals are. See how your current training regime takes you towards these goals. Further, check what other workouts can act as a catalyst in achieving the same. Just make sure that they can be harmoniously incorporated into your existing training strategy without any negative repercussions

3. Bring variation

This one is relatively simple. All you need to do is contrast your basic training style with its polar opposite. For instance, if your general workout is slow (as in the case of endurance training), bring agility. You can do this by doing the same workout faster or introducing a new workout that forces you to go speed up. Remember, your true competition is with the person who you were yesterday. If you really wish to be dynamic, you need to leave that person a step behind… each and every day.

4. Consult, if the need be

Whenever you feel confused, feel free to ask a professional for help. However, you must carefully choose the person while asking such questions. It is always better to consult a person who understands your challenges rather than taking suggestions from people who are not well-versed with such problems. Asking an expert will further ensure that you, knowingly or unknowingly, don’t create complications for yourself in the longer run.

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As they say, curiosity is the mother of invention, you can be much more inventive if you are curious. Study different workout forms and how they affect your overall body. This will enable you to better visualize the areas that will or will not be fruitful. Just follow these four guiding principles while developing your own workout mix and you will be good to go.

Meenakshi Mohanty Meenakshi Mohanty

Combining fitness with unperturbed inspiration, Meenakshi is an eclectic Delhi-based fitness trainer who brings together a wide gamut of exercises and paradigms to promote the most holistic and healthy lifestyles amongst conscious-dwellers.