I can't believe how close to the finale we are! These days have been flying by (Which they do say, happens when you're having fun!)
As we've discussed over the last few weeks through these blogs and education, exercise can have a great and lasting affect with mental health, stress, anxiety and even your self-esteem and how you view situations. One of the cool, albeit frustrating, components of starting or continuing an exercise regime is the body's way to adapt and build muscle memory to the exercises you are doing. This sometimes shows up in the form of a plateau-on the scale, with trying to speed up your mile time, or with building muscle and boy oh boy can it be frustrating!
I like to be a glass-half-full type of girl and have experienced my own fitness plateaus throughout the time I have spent training for races or making adjustments to my health.
It's REALLY easy to get into a fitness rut, by doing the same things over and over again-we like comfortable and we like what we know, but because our body is smart, we do have to be okay with breaking out of our comfort zone and allowing ourselves to make those changes.
The American Heart Association has an easy-to-follow principle called "F.I.T.T" that helps give guidance on how you can make changes to your routine to help break out of your rut and plateau. F.I.T.T stands incorporating one of the principles at a time:
It can definitely be hard to see changes made to your body and then all of a sudden, nothing happens. It can be even more difficult to continue with your efforts, but it's important to remember that exercise provides many, many benefits to your physical body and you mental health, that sometimes aren't reflected on the scale or with how you are basing your workouts. Remember, each step DOES count!
Until next week!
A. (2018, April 18). Overcoming a Fitness Plateau. Retrieved March 30, 2021