Fitness Fallout – How to Stay Motivated
The Plateau Phase happens
- Typical seen after initial results are attained
- Generally the first indication is around the 2-3month timeframe.
- Can wreak havoc on exercise motivation
- Lack of variety and monotony of program results in both physical and mental adaptation
- Results seem to have come to a halt
- Don’t be fooled by the ‘Pseudo Plateau’
The Pseudo Plateau
Can be common for new exercisers who are focusing on their scale weight as a measurement of success. The potential problem and drop in motivation can come from a seemingly insignificant change on the scale after their initial weight loss. What can often happen is a decrease in fat weight that is hidden by an almost equal increase in lean weight (muscle mass and bone density) due to strength conditioning.
Solution – retest your body composition to see what is really happening. Scale weight is not a great indicator of overall success with weight loss.
Minimize Plateaus and Stay ON the Fitness Band Wagon
Don’t beat yourself up
Choose an Event
- The past is the past – stay in the present
- Remember why you are exercising and what it is doing for you
- If you missed a few days or a week, now is the time to get back into it – DO NOT DWELL
Revisit your goals and reflect
- Tangible events provide focus, results and great sense of accomplishment
- Have a ‘What’s Next?’ attitude!
Overhaul your program & share your journey
- Are you goals still relevant?
- How far have you come?
- Consider completing another fitness evaluation for comparison
- Change the stimulus to shock your system and re-stimulate your mind
- Implement a new class
- Workout with a partner
- Change your environment (i.e. get outside)
- Try placing a time goal on each workout
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