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The Mix 'N Match Workout

The No-Brainer Way to Add Variety to Your Program

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Often, we stick with a program because we're afraid to venture out of our comfort zone. Maybe you're afraid of the odd contraptions at the gym, or you're afraid to hurt yourself, or maybe you don’t understand the importance of variety when it comes to exercise.
 
From this point on, consider the idea that your muscles are smart. When they do new things—whether it's dancing, martial arts or strength training—they’re a little shaky at first. But they learn quickly, mastering these new moves and becoming more efficient at doing them. As a result, they don’t have to work as hard (or burn as many calories, or respond with positive gains) to keep up with the program.
 
For this reason, and the fact that you should always be challenging your body to improve your fitness level, you should deliberately alter your regular fitness routine. This can mean different things for different people. Some will alter their exercises on a daily or weekly basis. Whatever frequency you choose, change your strength training program at least once every four to six weeks to avoid hitting a plateau.
 
If you need a little help accepting change, that’s where the Mix ‘N Match Workout comes in. Use the graphic below to keep your muscles guessing and to keep your mind engaged in your fitness routine.

*Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning this or any new exercise program.
 



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A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.