1. To prevent boredom. Let’s face it; sometimes you need a little change! By switching up your workout often, hopefully you can keep interesting.
2. To prevent injuries. Because your body is moving in different ways with various types of exercise, so do your joints and muscles. Variation gives certain parts of your body a little rest and; therefore, decreases your risk for injury.
3. To make you a better athlete and make you more fit. Working muscles differently allows you to strengthen your “weakest link”, if you will. Always exercising the same way will only strengthen certain muscles, and only in a particular way. Changing up your routine allows you to challenge your muscles.
4. To possibly get you through a weight-loss plateau. When you exercise in one mode, whether it is running, walking, or riding your bike, your body becomes very efficient at that task. Challenging your body to a different type of exercise may allow you to burn more calories.
5. To find your favorite types of exercise. You never know if you’ll like something until you try it. You may just find out that you like biking better than running. However, you’ll never know if you only run!