Programmed or Random Exercise – Which Is Better for Your Fitness?

Posted by Beni Cook

Whether you’re just getting back to exercising, or are looking to shake things up, mixing up your workout each day can sound like a good idea. However, the truth is that a structured program will give you much better results than random exercise. While there are some benefits to random workouts, traditional programs are much more likely to help you achieve your goals and see results. Here’s why. 


The rise of random workouts


Online fitness programs, apps, and live streams have become more and more popularised in recent years, particularly during Covid when people were unable to get out to the gym. One of the main commodities to come out of this, particularly with workout apps, is a ‘workout of the day’, where you’re encouraged to try a new exercise each day. 

It seems like a good idea in theory. Instead of the app creators designing different programs to meet every individual’s needs, they curate a selection of exercises that most customers will be able to follow. It also keeps things fresh and interesting for the person exercising, so they don’t have to do the same workout every day. 

The good thing about random exercise is that any movement is better than none at all. If you’re just starting your fitness journey, or want to increase your daily movement before you commit to a full program, a workout of the day (or similar) can be a good start. Online programs and group fitness classes also have the added benefit of providing a sense of comradery and entertainment, which is great for beginners. 

If you’re starting out, don’t feel like random exercise will do nothing for you. But, if you want to see sustainable results, a tailored program is the better choice. 


Why structured fitness programs work


Structured programs are proven more likely to wield results because you can track your progress and increase the difficulty of the workout as you go. This could be adding more weights as you improve your strength, increasing your reps when things get easy, or running longer, faster, or at an increased incline as your stamina improves. 

While structured programs rely on consistency, that doesn’t mean they need to be boring.  The goal is to slowly increase the difficulty of your workout, but you don’t have to do the exact same thing every day. When weight training, for example, one day you might lift heavy weights with low reps and the next day lift light weights with lots of reps. This way you can still mix things up while reaching your goals. 

If you’re looking to smash some fitness goals, a personal trainer can help. Talk to us today about how we can structure a program to suit your goals, and then change up the program when you need more of a challenge or are looking for a change. Or sign up today and take advantage of our 50% off our 21 day transformation offer and we can help get you back on track with your health and fitness.

Beni Cook
Beni Cook is the Head Personal Trainer and Founder of Beyond Best. Beni is a health and fitness expert who develops individualised exercise programs that will meet your own short and long-term objectives, while providing information, advice and encouragement that will enable you to lead your healthiest life, every day.

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