The SAID Principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands) is a core concept of health and fitness. If you want to get better at doing something, do more of it. However, there are diminishing returns. The more frequently an athlete imposes a specific stressor, the better the body is able to handle it and only modest adaptations are elicited.
The body responds most quickly to a novel stimulus. Said another way, the body reacts rapidly to new types of stress. Our systems absorb and respond to changes in training parameters most effectively the moment they are introduced. If you’ve hit a plateau in your running, incorporate a novel stimulus into your routine.
Introduce surges into your workouts, or perform a dedicated speed session. Climb hills if you only run flats, and hit the trails if you only pound the pavement. Providing your brain and body with a new challenge will trigger neurological and physiological adaptations that will have an immediate effect.
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