Workout Stuck In The Same Place?
We’ve all heard the importance of cross-training. Alternating cardio workouts with weight training and switching the intensity of the workout all have proven benefits. But what about adding variety in the location of your workouts? Science has proven that the human brain quickly adapts to stimulation and routines. If you want to move your fitness up to the next level, think about moving your body to a different gym.
Traditionally going to the gym meant committing to a single location for a year or more. Now flexible gym passes allow people to work out where they want, when they want. Adding variety to your workout has never been easier.
Same Venue, Same Plateau
What started out as a fresh, challenging workout can quickly become a dull routine. People vary but if you’re not new to exercise, Men’s Fitness Magazine recommends changing routines every 6-8 weeks.
Scientists have documented the benefits of a change of scenery. Although they are still working to determine exactly how variety stimulates the brain, it’s clear that a change in your surroundings can have significant mental benefits. Scientists also know there is a strong connection between the mind and the body. This means that even the same workout performed with the same type of equipment might have a very different impact in a new location.
Even if you like to keep to yourself while exercising with little interaction with others, you are still likely to benefit from a change of locations. Humans naturally pay attention to others. Even if it is subconscious, your brain will pick up on the energy of being around new people. The competitive impulse to rise to the challenge of the speed and form of those around you will add extra energy and incentive to your workout.
On a conscious level you are likely to pay attention to how others are exercising. Just being in a different gym is bound to provide you with opportunities to learn a bit from those around you. Whether you pick up a new move, pattern of repetitions, or even the slightest change in your form or technique, these can have a big impact on your results.
If you love meeting new people, adding variety to your workout locations is the perfect way to keep you interested and on track. Whether you are energized by the simple comradery of exercising around others or you like to get to know new people, switching venues will help keep you motivated. For singles and people wanting to combine networking with working out, regularly trying new gyms can add benefits well beyond physical fitness.
If business travel is cutting into your workout time or confining you to tiny, ill-equipped hotel gyms, consider looking into individual gym passes. This saves you from wasting money committing to a gym you may rarely get to visit. Having a pass that allows you to use multiple gyms will give you flexibility to find a gym and maintain your workout schedule wherever you are. This banishes travel as an excuse while allowing you to use a variety of gyms even when you are in town.
If you are regularly out of the country or too busy to visit the gym, no point in paying for full-time access to a local gym that you rarely visit. With individual passes good at gyms across the country, you’ll stop paying for days you can’t use while giving yourself the option to exercise practically anywhere in the UK.