March 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM ET
Bored with your usual workout? Your muscles might be, too.
Changing exercise routines every three to four weeks can trigger something called “muscle confusion”: As muscles become exposed to new routines, they are forced to work harder in response. The end result: stronger muscles and increased energy levels.
“Do something your muscles aren’t used to,” said TODAY's Jenna Wolfe, who is also a certified personal trainer. “They will have to work harder, they will have to think harder, and you will eventually end up burning more calories in the process.”
As part of TODAY’s 30 Days to a Better You challenge, Jenna decided to throw her own muscles into a world of confusion. She signed up for a hip hop class — and her time in the dance studio might have confused her a little too much.
"Is this anything? I feel like that's something." Jenna asked, while attempting to keep up with the class. “My body just doesn’t move like all these other people.”
While it wasn’t easy or familiar, Jenna’s change in her routine strengthened her muscles and added a fun change to her regular workouts. (Just don’t expect her dance career to take off anytime soon!)
Want to accept Jenna’s 30 Days to a Better You challenge? Sign up to take part!