We all know by now that exercising boosts the happy chemical endorphin. But because our brain quickly adapts to routine, doing the same thing over and over can lead to exercise boredom.
The solution is simple and fun: exercise differently for the next 45 days 😀
I am currently reading Habits of A Happy Brain by Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning, and in it Dr. Breuning says that we can end up overdoing a happy habit to the point of unhappiness. Varying our exercise routine is a good way to trigger endorphin.
To quote the book: “It takes strain to trigger endorphin, and if you keep straining the same place, you risk injury. If you work new places with new exercise, moderate exertion can stimulate endorphin.”
When I read this I immediately thought to replace my usual HIIT/strength combo exercises with early morning jogs followed by Pilates. I exercise indoors so early morning jogs would take me out of the house and – is there really anything more uplifting than to be under a wide open sky at the start of one’s day? 💖 💖
However, I will have to do this new exercise consistently for 45 days. I can’t see myself jogging on a rainy day. And since I can only jog in the mornings, this new exercise would prove quite tricky to navigate once my daughter goes back to school again and mornings become busy 😨 😥
As for Pilates, this was an easy choice since I’ve always enjoyed working on my flexibility and balance. In addition, who doesn’t want a tight core and butt? 💖 💖 XD
But going back to what Dr. Breuning further says on the topic: “Your body has three layers of muscles. When you vary your exercise, you give the neglected, constricted layers more attention. Since they’re weak, they have to work harder, so you stimulate development where it’s needed instead of going overboard on the parts you overuse. Chasing an endorphin high is not worth the risk of wearing out a part and needing a parts replacement. Variety is a great alternative.”
I didn’t need any more convincing after reading that! 😀 👏
So the next 6 weeks are going to be dedicated to Pilates and some type of cardio that’s different from what I normally do. I’ll be putting my free weights on standby for now 😭 😭 😭 and hopefully my appetite won’t be as high as when I do HIITs to compensate for the decrease in intensity.
How about you? When was the last time you varied your exercise routine? Any fun cardio suggestions? 😀