I’ve covered some food issues in my previoius posts on overcoming a weight loss plateau. Now let’s tackle your weight loss plateau from an exercise perspective.
When you become a regular exerciser, your body does what it’s good at–it adapts. If you do the same workout routine and the same cardio routine day in and day out, it becomes easier to do, right? Your body has become more efficient.
I like to use a car analogy to illustrate this: A well-tuned car burns less fuel at a particular speed than a car that’s out of whack. Same with your body. That’s one of the few negative aspects of exercise as it relates to weight loss. You perhaps huffed and puffed when you ran, say, 3 miles for the first time, and now you’re in better shape and can do it easily. You’re also probably burning a few less calories now during those three miles than you did when you first started running. Dang.
But hang on. I have a solution:
Mix up your strength and cardio workouts
Stop doing the same old thing all the time! I think the best way to shake up your workout is to do interval training. I talk a lot about interval training here at the this blog, so I’m not going to go into detail about it here (seek out previous posts and workouts listed in the archives).
Other ideas to shake up your workout:
-If you’re a treadmill exerciser or an outdoor runner, run hills or put your treadmill on an incline.
-If you are a spinning enthusiast, get off the bike and go for a run.
-If you’re a swimmer, get out of the pool and pick a land-based cardio workout.
-If you’re a Zumba groupie, try a step class.
-Re-vamp your strength workout by changing the exercises you do or the angle at which you do them.
-Change other parameters of your strength workout each month: Sets, repetitions, rest periods or the weight you lift.
Keep your body guessing and adapting—don’t get complacent with your workouts.
If you shake up your routine, you’re sure to shake up your plateau!
Committed to your success,