Myprotein - The Dangers of Routine

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    It has recently been suggested that the average person only consumes around 10-12 different foods on a regular basis. On top of this, it is often suggested that those who exercise on a regular basis do so with an average of only 10 different exercises. It is, therefore, of little surprise that so many people complain of being bored with their diet and exercise routine.

    As an organic machine, the body always adapts to its environment and will always evolve to meet the physical demands placed upon it. Therefore, the more routine we are with diet and exercise choices, the more likely it is that our body will reach a physical plateau. It is often said that “variety is the spice of life” and this is extremely relevant when considering physical and athletic potential.

    Restricting yourself to the same 10-12 foods on a regular basis poses a number of concerns. From a health perspective, consuming the same foods over and over again can lead to food intolerances which can develop in to conditions such as ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and nutrient deficiency. As the body becomes familiar with a specific food it can often build up an immune response and actually prevent the successful digestion of the food.
    A varied diet is a much healthier choice for all, specifically those who partake in physical exercise. Athletes and individuals who exercise on a regular basis have a higher demand for nutrients due to the stresses placed on their body, therefore it is imperative that a varied diet is planned and followed.
    It can be extremely difficult to follow a varied diet due to personal tastes and convenience, which is why sports supplements can play such a huge role in the diet of an active individual. Alternating between supplements is a great way to keep the body guessing and preventing it from becoming intolerant to certain products.

    With the world of sport science continuously growing we find ourselves in a position where we have a greater understanding of how the body works and how we can train the body more effectively. This leaves us with a huge variety of exercises that we can manipulate to encourage physical growth and adaptation. As mentioned earlier, the more routine we are when selecting exercises the more likely it is that our body will reach a plateau and will stop developing at the rate we would expect. Over repetition of exercises could also lead to stress injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances.
    Some people simply don’t have the knowledge or understanding of exercise to create new routines on a regular basis, whereas others just stick with what they prefer. So why not make the most of the resources available and ask the instructor at your gym or look up some new exercises on the internet. It’s not always sufficient to simply change the number of repetitions you are performing or increase the amount of time you spend on an exercise, it is better advised to change the way you perform an exercise or simply alternate with new exercises. For example, you could try a dumbbell chest press instead of a barbell bench press, or run outside instead of on a treadmill. Changing your routine every 6-8 weeks can have massive implications to your rate of development from both a strength, endurance and a health perspective.
    Remember, the more varied and interesting you can make your diet and exercise routine, the more likely you are to continue it and reap the rewards.

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    Note: always consult an expert before starting a new diet or training routine.