When we work out, we want to strike a balance between novelty and routine because both are beneficial for us.
Novelty is what keeps us growing. Doing the same workout for months and years on end does not challenge our bodies or our minds enough. We don’t explore different movement patterns and so don’t practice adaptation to new circumstances.
Routine, however, is a powerful force. Knowing that Monday is the day we go to yoga and Tuesdays and Thursdays we lift weights helps make those plans automatic. The body prepares for it, the car goes there on autopilot, and we’re done before we know it!
When we find ourselves bored or when we stop making progress, it is time to try something new. However, if we find that we can’t seem to get those workouts done, it might be time to harness the magic of routine to put us on the right path.
We can do it!