Dont Plateau Early In 2017
For many people the new year’s fitness resolutions reach their plateau in late January and their new found enthusiasm quickly evaporates.
This is because the initial gains, positive intent and exercises used quickly become repetitive. This reduces the load on the musculoskeletal system and effort asked of the cardiovascular system.
Change It Up
There are hundreds of different exercises available to us at any one time but it is amazing how many people stick to just a few. Variety is key to maintaining a balanced and engaging fitness programme.
Changing our exercise routine daily produces positive and sustainable results. It also keeps us motivated and ensures we train every muscle group in the body.
Alternating between high and low intensity exercise, weighted and body weight training for strength and functional exercises for balance and core stability is very important. By doing this we not only add variety to our workout routines, we also learn how to listen to our bodies.
The playlist below demonstrates a number of high and low intensity workout routines that encourage full body training. These are all performed on the Rooboard but you can still perform without.
When you use a Rooboard you increase the intensity and force the stabiliser muscles to engage. My main point however is the importance of changing it up to keep your workouts fresh, your mind engaged and your body responding positively to the stress placed upon it.
Balance training on the Rooboard places an emphasis on muscular symmetry and postural control. By identifying your imbalances and strengthening these weaknesses you will improve your posture and core strength as well as the way your body moves around its centre of gravity. Building a strong core is essential to prevent lower back pain and ward off a possible injury.
Strengthening your core and specifically the obliques will also help you to develop a perfect posture and killer abs as explained by Kellan Lutz in Mens Health. “Staying upright on a horse is harder on your abs than anything and swinging a sword around really hits your core as well as your arms,” he says. Granted, there are no swords or horses at your gym, but the point is that for unreal abs you need genuine instability.”