Finding A Solution When You’re Stuck With Your Exercise Goals.
It’s great to set fitness goals, but sometimes it’s very hard to attain them. It seems that you may reach a certain level and not be able to progress further no matter how hard you try. This is called a fitness plateau. When you hit a fitness plateau, there are certain things you can do to work past it. Read on to find out how!
The problem may be that you’ve been working too hard at one thing. If you have not been varying your workout routine, you may be stuck in a rut. This is not only boring, it’s not very effective when it comes to exercise. When you do the same thing over and over again, your muscles become very efficient and don’t get as much benefit from the exercise as they could. Try adding a few new and different exercises to your routine, and you may just surpass your plateau.
If you have no motivation, it may also be time to refocus your goals. One very good example of this is when you set your goal for weight loss. This can be a very discouraging goal because weight loss can be quite slow. This is especially true if you are exercising for weight loss because muscle weighs more than fat, so you may not actually lose weight! In this case refocus your goals. Decide to exercise for fun and for your health. You may or may not lose weight, but you will be able to look in the mirror and see that you are happier, stronger and healthier.
Set yourself small challenges each month just to see how you’re coming along. Participate in a challenging activity, such as a game or contest on a monthly or biweekly basis, and you will surely see that your performance gets better and better every time as you become healthier and healthier. This is because your entire body is benefiting from your consistent efforts and exercise. This clear evidence that you are improving will give you a small success that will motivate you to move forward.
Be careful to always keep your regularly scheduled exercise appointment. Don’t allow yourself to do put it off with busywork or other things that need to be done. While you may think that doing active chores is a good substitute for exercise, remember that exercising is also an enjoyable diversion for you. If you want to vary your fitness routine, do it by enjoying a new exercise video, using a different machine at the gym, joining a new exercise class or taking up an active sport or activity such as dancing.
If you’re motivated by input and encouragement from other people, find a fitness buddy or hire a personal trainer to cheer you on in your efforts. You may also wish to join a fitness group to have more people to exercise with.
By learning to refocus your goals, giving yourself plenty of variety in your exercise program and taking advantage of the social element of your exercise program, you can get past or even entirely avoid fitness plateaus.