The Downside to Switching It Up
Progressive overload, challenging yourself to do more than it did previously, is how you raise your level of fitness. Constantly changing studios doesn’t allow you to pick up momentum, although it is great for socializing. Your workout should be dependent of the progress you want to see. You can’t expect to accomplish a complicated yoga pose if you only attend yoga on Tuesdays, just like you can’t expect to deadlift 200 pounds if you only strength train on Thursdays. Inconsistency also leads to injury due to a lack of good foundation and understanding of how your body reacts to the exercise. You run the risk of misaligning your body as well.
The Best Plan for You
Find a fitness instructor, whether it’s yoga or high-intensity training, who will work with you at your current fitness level and adapt a program to benefit the growth you’d like to see. Stick to the form of exercise regularly rather than sporadically in order to get the best results. If you can’t afford one-on-one sessions, look for small classes where you can get attention. These classes allow you to learn from others as well as feed off of their energy. You can improve your movements by practicing what you learn outside of the studio walls — as long as you work on keeping a good form.
Experts suggest three days of strength training, two days of cardio, and a yoga or pilates class added somewhere in the mix when it comes to gaining progress.
“It’s amazing how many issues and perceived physical ailments and limitations go away when people just get stronger overall,” says Dan Trink, CSCS. “It’s certainly not the remedy for every problem — but it helps more times than not. A good, solid, full-body strength training program can go a long way if you give it a chance to work.”