How to Break Thru the Fitness Plateau
by Rochelle Griffin
Do you recognize any of these signs?
- You are bored with your workout program.
- You are no longer seeing physical results with your workout program.
- You are no longer challenged with your workout program.
If you can say yes to any of these, you may be in the midst of a fitness plateau. No one is immune from having this happen, and it can be incredibly frustrating. A fitness plateau occurs when our body adjusts to the activity that we are doing. This typically happens about 4-6 weeks after starting an activity. The good news is that plateaus can be easily avoided and if one has already occurred, it’s easily correctable. It’s very important that you stay vigilant to recognize the signs otherwise you are susceptible to overtraining and eventual injuries.
So, let’s say that yes, indeed, you are in a plateau. Here are a few simple remedies:
- The very first thing you need to do is take a break. Take a week off from exercising. I know that taking a break seems counter-intuitive but your body needs it. It’s fine to do stretching, yoga, or pilates but don’t do any strenuous workouts.
- After your week off, you will want to change up your fitness program. Your muscles need to be challenged in a different way. Not sure which one to do? No worries. I’m here to serve you.
- Have a reward meal provided you’ve been eating healthy. The sudden rise of calories can help jumpstart your metabolism again. I strongly suggest that you allow yourself one reward meal a week.
- If you haven’t been eating healthy, it’s time to start. You need to eat 6 times per day: breakfast, a.m. snack, lunch, p.m. snack, & dinner. Think of your metabolism like a fire…you need to keep stoking the fire to keep it going…food is your fuel. Add in Shakeology to your daily plan as nutritional insurance.
- Be sure that you are getting enough sleep. Sleep is so important for our body to repair and regenerate. The less sleep you have, the less time your body can renew itself.
- Add in cardio interval training. Your body won’t know what to expect. Again it’s about keeping your body guessing…staying out of a routine.
While all the tips are important, the first two are the most important to implement immediately. Once you take a rest week and change up your workout routine, feel free to add in the other suggestions. Trust me, I understand the frustration of hitting a fitness plateau. I’ve been in one many times. With a little bit of planning and redirecting, the plateau can be vanquished.
If you think that your body may have plateaued, I want you to contact me. Tell me what you have been doing and what results you been seeing as of late. We will figure this out together.
A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.
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