Muscle confusion is all the rage these days. People everywhere are raving about P90x or HIIT, and for good reason too. Switching up your exercise routine is going to stimulate fat loss and muscle development. There are even studies that show new routines in exercise actually stimulate cognition.
The body is made to adapt to the strain of everyday life, for the most part we like to be comfortable. When you habitually use the same muscles for the same routines day in and day out you are eventually going to see a plateau in your physical development. This doesn’t mean you are going to get fat or your heart is going to become weak, it just mean you are not actually developing new muscle mass.
Muscle confusion is a great way to keep your body developing. Recently this technique to exercise has become the gold standard for fitness programs. It is what has made P90x so popular, and now Crossfit is incorporating HIIT with muscle confusion. Suffice to say, Crossfit is a very effective way to become physically fit.
Confusing your muscles is as easy as doing something that you don’t usually do. Actually, that is entirely what it is. All you have to do to get that extra caloric burn is try a new routine. Perhaps bike for a day rather than run, or you could do pull ups rather than push ups.
You do not even have to manipulate your routine that much to get new muscle development. Sometimes just reforming your posture and position in the exercise will do it for you. Take curls for example, instead of raising the dumbbells with your thumbs up try to keep your arms flat so your palms are facing the ceiling. The flatter you can keep it the more you will feel the burn.
Muscle confusion is easy. The trick is to pay attention to the workouts you do, and then tweak them a bit. FYI, more or less tweak-edge is going to promote more or less physical development.