Updated: Feb 10
So you set a New Year's resolution, or goal, or whatever you want to call it. You're working to be better than the person you are today (Congrats! You're already ahead of the majority).
You've been at your fitness routine for a while now and you realize that you just aren't seeing the results you were expecting...even when you eat your carrots and take the stairs whenever possible. This happens to us all at some point. This is a fitness plateau, which is a stagnant point in your journey when you aren't seeing results.
Luckily, there are several easy changes you can make today to revamp your regimen...
1. Sweet Dreams Are Made of These...
Sleep is crucial for proper functioning and also plays a part in weight change. Loss of sleep can negatively affect our metabolism, causing us to hold on to fat longer. An article from WebMD states that " Sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite. As a result, individuals who lose sleep may continue to feel hungry despite adequate food intake". We've all heard this before, but try to consistently sleep at least 8 hours each night.
2. Switch it up
Have you been running, biking, or doing the same workout day in and day out? Studies show that this may be what is holding you up from achieving your desired results. Try changing up your workout from day to day. Doing a mix of cardio and weightlifting can help you get past your plateau.
3. Channeling Your Diet
This one can get a little tricky, because we may think we are eating healthy but in reality, we might not be eating enough of the right foods. Everyone has different dietary needs, but tracking your food is a great way to ensure that you are eating for your goals. Apps like myfitnesspal make tracking your food easy and fun, download with a friend for added support and accountability.
Like most good things, they take time. This is a journey with many ups and downs. Keep your head high and remember that yes, you can.
Use these suggestions to help you on your journey, and please share what works for you in the comments below. After all, we are all here to help each other. I'm so interested to hear what your tips and tricks are!
P.S. If you're curious about how to upgrade your breakfast for your whole family, check our last week's article here!