Did You Know?
Did you know that the majority of people ditch their New Years Resolutions by the second week of February? Seems logical since the weather this time of year doesn’t cooperate and there’s very little sunlight. It’s easy to lose motivation and stay inside where it’s warm.
Most people will hit a plateau and not see any physical changes, reversing what they have been working on for the past few weeks. If you are at that point keep reading…
Here’s what to do:
1. Make a slow transition. If you have been training in a linear fashion such as running on a treadmill or elliptical 4x week, don’t jump into a multi dimensional cardio class and try to keep up with everyone. Start slow and let the instructor know your background or discuss what they best class for you would be.
2. Ask for help. When you switch to a new workout routine make sure you know how to do it correctly. For example, if you’re looking for some strength training and have never lifted weights before, try asking a personal trainer or consult the fitness manager for help.
3. Change your intensity. If you feel that your workout has become less of a challenge, gradually increase the intensity. So if you are taking a 60 second recovery break between each set, try to drop it to 45 or 30 seconds. Another way is to see how many repetitions you can get in some of your favorite strength exercises.
4. Add a partner. Having a good friend by your side sweating it out together will naturally push you harder. Plus they may be able to introduce you to a new style of training, workouts, or exercises that can make it a lot more fun!