This article, entitled Avoiding The Dreaded Fitness Plateau, comes from partner site Body OverHall.
We’ve all been there. We make the commitment to better health and a better body by changing the way we eat and exercising on a regular basis. The first few weeks the results are awesome, whether it’s losing several pounds or fitting into those jeans that haven’t seen daylight for the past couple of years. And then things slowly start to come to a halt. Those last few stubborn pounds don’t want to come off, or we just can’t quite fit into that cute little black dress that’s been our motivation from the start. GRRR!
Why is this happening even though we’re still exercising every single day and counting every last calorie we put in our mouths?
Here are a few simple things that can help get you off the dreaded fitness plateau and back on the road to success:
- Change your workouts up every 4 to 6 weeks. Many people do the same thing day after day and still expect to see results. The body is smart and adapts to your workout and actually figures out how to burn fewer calories, so you need to change things up if you want to continue to see changes in your body.
- Focus on Intensity, NOT the amount of Time spent working out. I hear so many people say “I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical then another 20 on the bike,” or “I’m on the treadmill every day for an hour.” To me, that’s insane. You’re much better off doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or doing a resistance training circuit with “heavier than you’re used to” weight for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Evaluate how much you’re really eating. In most cases, we eat more than we realize or want to admit. However if you’re truly training hard and not feeding your body enough calories, what you do eat wants to be stored as body fat because it’s in a state of starvation, thus slowing your metabolism down. Try adding extra calories in the form of quality & nutrient dense food like fresh fruits and veggies, unprocessed whole grains, and lean proteins.
By making these changes and of course being consistent with them, I bet your bottom dollar you’ll jumpstart your results and get off that plateau and back on the road to results.
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