Have you been doing everything you’re supposed to be doing but you aren’t getting closer to your goal? You’ve hit what the fitness experts call a plateau. Keep reading today’s guest post by Brooke Chaplan for ways to get over this hurdle and make the changes you want!
After a while your workouts can start to feel a bit stale, and you may no longer be seeing the results you’ve been hoping for. When this happens, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Try tackling the issue from a variety of angles to see what brings you the best results. You’re likely to find that it’s the surprising little things that make the biggest difference in your workouts.
Changing the way you eat is perhaps one of the best things you can do to improve your workout. The foods you eat are what fuels your body and your routine. If you’re not already focused on eating primarily healthy foods, that’s a good first step. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, switch to whole grains and eat enough fiber to keep things moving.
If you’re already a pretty healthy eater, take a look at what foods you’re eating and when when. For example, eating a mini-meal that’s high in carbohydrates before your workout can help you get through it, while protein after the workout can help rebuild your muscles.
It may be time to change up your workout. You may have luck simply changing the type of workout you do. For example, if you’ve been walking on the treadmill, switching to an elliptical or aerobics class could be enough to get things moving again.
However, upping the intensity of your workout is probably an even better idea. If you’re using the machines, try increasing the resistance or the angle of the treadmill. If you’re doing other activities, consider throwing in a few high intensity intervals. With weightlifting, you may need to move to heavier weights or use the free weights rather than the machines.
If you really want to take things to the next level, hire a personal trainer for at least a few sessions. Tell your trainer what you’ve been doing, and get some recommendations for a few new moves. With the trainer’s experience, a professional will be able to give you several tips and new exercises that will shake things up and really get you results.
Some people hit the gym without a solid plan, which can make it difficult to know when to change things up. If you’ve been feeling things are getting a bit stale, pay more attention to what you’re doing in the gym. Take a small notebook or use a tracking app and list your daily exercises. When it comes to weights, make sure you’re writing down the weight and the number of reps you did. You can then take a better look and what you’ve been doing and find ways you can modify it.
Make things even better by recording some of your feelings. For example, you might write down that a particular exercise was easy, or that you were at 80 percent of your max heart rate. This will help you decide if you’re on the right track.
Taking care of your body after a workout is also essential. It will get you ready for next time. Try to eat a small snack after you work out. Many people enjoy chocolate milk, which has protein and carbohydrates. It’s also essential to refuel with some water, or a supplement drink like the ones you can get from ASEA. No matter what you’re choosing to eat or drink, you want to focus on making healthy choices.
Just like everything else in life, your workout sometimes needs a good shaking up. Take a good look at what you’ve been doing, and try to find the best ways for you to take things to the next level.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
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