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Fitness and motivation, Health and happiness / November 27, 2015

4 Ways To Break A Fitness Plateau

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One day you're getting results and the next day you're...not. Welcome to the world of the plateau! Check out our 5 ways to break a plateau. 

1. Change something

Probably the most important point of all, if you're not seeing results then you need to make a change. The human body has evolved to be adaptive and try whenever possible to maintain a state of equilibrium. This means that no matter how successful your fitness routine is at first, it will always try and find it's way back to middle ground - enter the plateau. In fact research suggests that it only takes the body up to 6 weeks to adapt to a fitness routine. Make a small change around your diet or workout - these small changes can add up to big results. 

2. Mix up your workouts

You know what they say, variety is the spice of life and it can certainly add some spice to a stale exercise routine. Why not mix it up by trying out a new class? You could even try adding in an extra session in the week? All you need to do is change the way your body is working, so it can be as little as if you do a lot of jogging then try some interval training, or if you do a lot of weight training then change the reps and increase the weight during your sets. 

Without even knowing it, you may have got a bit bored of your usual routine and as a result are not working out at your maximum level. By changing, you shake things up and set yourself new challenges. We truly believe that variety is the key factor to a sustainable and successful fitness routine

3. Get motivated

Mindset is a huge factor when it comes to fitness success, check out our motivational tips on what to do when you're stuck in a fitness rut

4. Rest

If your goal is to increase your strength, then rest and sleep are essential to your routine as this is when your muscles do most of their growing. By overtraining, you can risk plateauing or even worse, going backwards. Plan scheduled rest days to ensure adequate muscle recovery and added motivation when you hit the gym again! 

 

Tags: Fitness and motivation, Health and happiness

Laura

Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness for our Movers and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...

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