What To Do When You Have Reached A Fitness Plateau

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					What To Do When You Have Reached A Fitness Plateau
Are you frustrated with your daily workouts because you see the same results at the end of the
week? Or does it upset you that your fitness activities are not working at all? Well, you may
have just reached a fitness plateau.



A plateau is a state when there is no progress in your daily routines. It is often characterized by
the inability to gain or lose weight. Or it could be that you are not increasing any muscle growth
or strength. Furthermore, it is coupled with signs of fatigue and lack of motivation to work.
Both of these symptoms are the psychological responses of the body. These are just some of
the effects that one experiences after a series of daily workouts. No matter how much harder
you try, you are still unable to achieve your fitness goals. Moreover, disappointment is the end
product if you are not able to see further development.



There are several things to do when you have reached a fitness plateau:



Take a break. The first thing you should do is to get away from all the disappointment and
pressure. Have a break away from the gym, or stop any fitness routines you have. Take a
vacation or just focus on other areas of your life. Relax and free yourself from any frustrations
you have. In this way, you will have time to think over what went wrong in your routines and
why your routines have stopped being effective. Having time to rest is very important,
especially if you were exercising for a very long time already.



Assess Eating Habits. It is very important for everyone to look at his or her diet. Eating habits
may be a factor of fitness plateau. Always remember that with an increase of physical activity,
the body will require an increase in calorie intake also. If you feel hungry most of the time
during the day, then you are not consuming an adequate amount of food for that day and it
may be contributing to you plateau. Furthermore, you must also take into consideration your
daily protein intake. Since protein is necessary for tissue repair and replacing worn out tissue, it
is very important that you increase your protein intake in your diet.
Modify Routines. Even though a lot of people resist change, but if your routine is not producing
results, try to modify or change your routines. A major problem that most people fear is taking
a risk of starting all over again. Always remember that the body is very susceptible to change so
it is very important that a person must modify their routines from time to time, especially if the
routines are not producing the results you want. Modifying your routines does not mean that
you should start from scratch (all though you certainly could), but just try to modify it or change
an exercise that is not that beneficial to your goals.



Get enough sleep. Sleep is the best form of rest. During sleep, the body restores and repairs
muscle tissue. During sleep, the body will concentrate on the healing process from your daily
activities. It is very important to have an adequate rest and sleep during the day. Seven to eight
hours of sleeps would be enough to regain a lot of strength that is lost during your daily
activities.

				
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