The Truth About Hitting Plateaus On Your Fitness Journey
Hitting plateaus can be very frustrating. But realize that plateaus are actually a really awesome thing. They mean you’ve made progress. You have to have made progress to get to a fitness plateau, so that’s a good thing! The downside is that you’re probably working hard to reach for goal (weight loss, building strength, gaining muscle, etc.) and now feel stuck.
When you hit a plateau you have 3 options:
I understand how frustrating it is to be putting in a bunch of energy and not seeing results. But giving up doesn’t just mean you don’t make more progress from the point you’re at now. It also means backsliding to where you started, going back to square one. Yuck!!
Maybe you’re happy with where you’re at in one area or another and this can be your happy place. Contentment is definitely an asset. If you’re at a fitness plateau but you like the view from there, enjoy it!
PUSH THROUGH THE PLATEAU AND START TO CRUSH YOUR GOAL
Seriously, hitting a plateau should fire you up. It means you’re ready to level up!
How to get through fitness plateaus?
If option #3 sounds the best to you, you’ve got this!
Really, the goal is to keep your body guessing and progressing. Here are some things you can try:
Add or increase weights/resistance in your workouts. Your fitness plateau might be your body’s way of telling you it’s ready for more! Try taking your working up a notch and watch for progress.
Take a week and switch up your routine. Add more HITT or plan a rest/recovery week where you slow it down. Sometimes a fitness plateau is a sign your body needs a change. Mix it up in the way that sounds best to you. You probably have a good sense of what your body needs, whether that’s more intensity or some R&R.
Look at your nutrition. Are you eating enough? Too much? The right stuff? Keep a food log for a day or two and see what might need to be switched up. And if you’ve been eating insanely clean and precisely for a few weeks, let go a little and shock your body with something you don’t typically eat. Sometimes a “TREAT” day can help, too!
The bottom line is: fitness plateaus happen when your body gets used to the same thing all day, every day. It was challenging at first, but now you’ve built strength and gotten healthier and your body is comfortable.
If you want more, you’ve got to get outside your comfort zone for a bit. I love my body at every stage and I’ve learned to be grateful for the plateaus because they remind me that I’ve been killing it! Your fitness plateaus give you an opportunity to challenge yourself even more.