I hit a bit of a writing block today, so I headed to my Facebook wall to find out your fitness questions.
Ellie wrote that she wants to know how to get past a plateau. Without having more information about her specific plateau, here are five things you can do to push past a plateau.
1. Mix up your diet.
When was the last time you tried a new vegetable or had millet instead of brown rice? While I’m not a registered dietician, I do believe that our bodies need nutrients from different sources. I also know that when I eat the same foods all the time I tend to eat more of those foods at each sitting.
2. Challenge yourself.
Are you lifting heavy enough weights when strength training? Are you working as hard as you can during your cardio sessions at least twice a week (other cardio doesn’t have to be all out)? If the answer is “yes” then what are you waiting for??
3. Hire a professional.
A health coach, personal trainer or registered dietician can work with you to help you get passed your plateau.
4. Write it down for one week.
Keeping a food and exercise journal can reveal where you need to make some tweaks.
5. Change your workouts.
Either you’ve been doing the same workouts for too long or you’ve been doing to many different types of workouts and need a focus. Doing the same workouts all the time will pretty much ensure a plateau at some point. On the flip side if you are always mixing up your workouts and never mastering one thing, your fitness level may not progress the way you want it to. You need to try doing one style of workout long enough to master the moves and see results. (that doesn’t mean only doing one workout that means maybe sticking with running and barre classes or some kind of similar combo)
Have a fitness question or topic you’d like to see covered? Feel free to let me know in the comment section or send me an email.