When it comes to building muscle scientists are continually asking questions. What is the best equipment to use? How many repetitions should you perform? How long should you rest between workouts? How much weight should you lift?
Despite years of research new evidence suggests your brain may be an important ingredient for building muscle. Recent research has shown that mixing up your workout (i.e., adding variety) may support the development of new muscle tissue. Scientists speculate that adding variety keeps you interested and more fully engaged in your workouts. This heightened level of engagement can support consistency with your workouts - leading to better results over time.
Take Home Message
Don't be afraid to modify your workout or do things a little differently. The change of pace may be just what the doctor ordered to keep your workouts fresh, interesting and consistent.
Richard J. Wolff, RD, LDN