Having a fitness routine is important if you plan on living a long life. For a routine to be effective, it must be dynamic. For example, you can’t do the same exact exercise every Monday for 52 straight weeks. Even if you increase the weight or resistance, your body will recognize it’s going through the same motion. You won’t recruit additional muscle fibers during exercise and you will stunt your progress. Do you have a workout plateau? Here are five tell-tale signs that you are:
- Feeling sluggish. If you’ve started feeling tired and weak after a workout, it may be time to review what you’ve been doing for the past several weeks. If you haven’t been keeping track of that record, it’s definitely time to change it up. If you don’t your past gains will begin decreasing and your workouts will be ineffective.
- No noticeable results. If you’ve gone a few weeks without seeing significant results, it’s time to mix up your routine. You know how comfortable and lazy your body feels when you lay in bed? That’s how your body feels when you don’t change your routines consistently.
- Low motivation. Your body is extraordinary at adapting to change. Just like we get bored seeing a rerun on television, our body gets bored with the same exercises over and over again. This adaptation triggers boredom and you may have little desire to exercise because of it.
- Constant hunger. If you feel hungry all day long, before and after your workout and consistent throughout the day, your body is fatigued. Fatigue will lead to depression, and depression will lead you to more eating and less exercise.
The only good thing about a workout plateau is that it’s easily recognizable and correctable. It only takes a small change in your routine to correct the problem. If you are constantly going to the gym, take a break and try one of the top home fitness programs in the wellness industry. It will give you a good change of pace and challenge your body to adapt to something different. You may even gain a skill set you never thought you had! If you are insistent on going to the gym, that’s fine too. Take a few days off, create a new routine featuring different exercises and go back with a full head of steam. Men’s Fitness has some great recommendations depending on what your particular goal is.
One thing is for sure. If you want to stop the workout plateau, it requires only one thing. CHANGE!
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