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Why should I consider switching up my workout, and what can that do for me?

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A good way to build muscle mass or burn calories is to make it a habit to switch up your workout -- especially when you notice that your current plan has become comfy. It keeps you on your toes.

You may have gotten so used to your routine that it’s simply too easy now. To get faster or stronger, or just beat boredom, it may be time to change things up. It could be the key to turning your walks into jogs, lifting heavier weights, or swimming faster than you might have thought you ever would.

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "ACSM Fit Society Page," July 2013.

The American Council on Exercise: "How to Tell if You've Reached a Plateau;" "The Most Effective Way to Motivate Your Workout Partner;" "Periodized Training and Why It Is Important."

American Heart Association: "Overcoming a Fitness Plateau."

University of California, San Francisco: "Getting Started With Exercise."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Fitness Plateaus and How They Can Help."

American Heart Association: “Target Heart Rates.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 7, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "ACSM Fit Society Page," July 2013.

The American Council on Exercise: "How to Tell if You've Reached a Plateau;" "The Most Effective Way to Motivate Your Workout Partner;" "Periodized Training and Why It Is Important."

American Heart Association: "Overcoming a Fitness Plateau."

University of California, San Francisco: "Getting Started With Exercise."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Fitness Plateaus and How They Can Help."

American Heart Association: “Target Heart Rates.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 7, 2020

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