Lesley Busts the Plateau Myth
Keeping fitness fresh and fun
Are you a negative Nelly?
Making excuses and harping on about plateaus is just a way of not dealing with the issue. I’ve never had a “plateau” because I’m constantly changing what I do so that neither my brain, nor my body get bored doing the same old thing over and over.
I love to keep it interesting and ever-changing by trying new things as often as I can, whether it’s a different class, a new routine or a change of scenery for a favourite activity. Variety is definitely the spice of a healthy and active life. Change and exercise are a magic combination which ensures you’re always looking forward to your next fitness activity. Staying out of a rut by constantly mixing it up all the time will alter your thought processes and your outlook. Your exercise will be something you can’t wait to do, instead of something you have to do.
Is your training pushing you to your best ability?
Truly, though, are you? Your body is made to move and loves it. SO MOVE! I don’t stop, I just change the pace sometimes. Doing something different – perhaps a foam rolling activity or stretching is as important as the full-on work. Rest and active recovery are just as important as the harder stuff. When you’ve been very physically active, you’ll find sleep comes easier, so you’ve got your rest covered!
How much fun do you have?
I like to keep positive and upbeat and it means I really, really enjoy moving and challenging my body. If your routine is getting a bit stale it’s unlikely you’re giving it your all. It should always be entertaining and fun, so keep it social, meet people, train with different friends and interact with groups. With a changing attitude you’ll find that the workouts are easier and the results come quicker than you think.