adapt to exercise

Adapt to exercise? It’s not as good as it sounds.

If you’ve been going to gym for a little while, you have probably notices that you body has a tendency to adapt to exercise. While this might sound like a good thing, it’s really not.

This scenario has probably happened to many of you: you join the gym and start training. You want to look sexy. And for the first month or so, you can definitely see results. But then, even though you are still hitting the gym on a regular basis, you’re not seeing the same degree of weight loss and toning. The results are just not happening as fast as they were at first. It’s disappointing. Frustrating. And downright discouraging.

If you are going to gym, then you deserve to see the best possible results all the time.

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, exercise has the wonderful ability to increase your metabolism. This is great news for your health, for burning more calories, and for accelerating weight loss. But – and this is a biggie – when your body learns to adapt to exercise, your resting metabolism actually decreases. That really is a big butt. (And yes, we meant to spell it that way.)

Your body will adapt to exercise if you are too consistent.

Of course, we are the first ones who will encourage to you to exercise consistently. But what we mean by that, is training on a consistent basis. The problem comes in when you actual workout routine is too consistent. Your body will adapt to exercise that it’s done repeatedly. In other words, your body will become more efficient at completing that specific workout, so it will use less energy and burn fewer calories to complete the same routine.

Another way to look at it, is that you simply aren’t giving your muscles a sufficient challenge. Think about it: the more you complete any task, the more efficient you become, and the less challenging it is.

Look out for our next blog post where we discuss what you can do to prevent hitting this exercise and weight loss plateau.

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