3 Ways to Blast Past That Plateau


There are few more frustrating things than watching/feeling your hard-earned progress grind to an unexpected or just quiet stop.

After sending 700+ calories to their doom (WOOHOO!!!) the other day, I was suddenly thinking about times when working out regularly hasn’t come so easily.

As with anything in life, I think it’s natural for there to be an ebb and flow.

I mean, really — how many times can you walk or run that same route without starting to check out a la boredom or itch to do something different?

For anyone out there who has hit a plateau or just feels burned out, I thought I’d share 3 ways to crush that plateau or boredom streak and get back on track.

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If the idea of throwing on your workout gear and doing the same routine makes you feel like you swallowed a 5-pound weight, know that you are definitely NOT alone. #boredomsucks

Best thing to do? Break out your handy dandy notepad or list app and write down your workout routine.

Once you’ve gotten it all down on paper, without censoring or editing yourself, quickly write down the first 3 fitness activities that come to mind that you’ve always wanted to try.

Don’t worry if they’re waaaaaaay outside of your comfort zone or totally not doable for you at this time. Just write it down.

Okay. Look at what you wrote. Are there any themes? Is there anything on that list that’s immediately actionable?

Always wanted to give bouldering a try but live in a thriving metropolis? Try looking for gyms in your area that have a rock-climbing wall.

Have a lot of stress built up? Try cardio kickboxing or another MMA-style workout to blow off that stress!

Is your body not as fond of high-impact workouts as it used to be? Assuming you’ve got clearance to keep up a good level of physical activity, consider trying swimming, yoga, pilates, yogalates, tai ch’i or even cycling!

Are you getting the picture?

Our minds are powerful things. When you introduce something new to your routine, magical things start happening that help you get fired up again and renew your drive to keep on keepin’ on. #warrioron

img_32941(Re)assess Your Reason(s) for Working Out

Don’t scoff at me, but why did you start working out in the first place?

Like Lester Burnham in American Beauty, did/do you just want to look good naked?

Are there a host of genetic issues in your family (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) that you’re trying to give yourself the smallest chance of getting?

Are you trying to set a positive example for your family?

If you’re not sure, maybe your motivation isn’t not powerful enough. Or, maybe you achieved the first goal you set and didn’t recalibrate to keep yourself churning away…

I find that some of the fastest ways I get re-inspired to re-up my workout game are: checking out the fitness section of Pinterest (hello inspirational quotes and pictures!); talking to one of my most positive and inspiring friends; watching people perform feats of human awesomeness (hello Olympics!); and last but not least, having a heart to heart with myself regarding why I’m in this in the first place.

Lordie how I love some of the the things we’re capable of.

surroundyourselfEnlist the Help of Your Family, Friends or Other Halves

Due to the nature of my work, I have managed to surround myself with inspiring and amazing people who are all striving to be their best, healthiest and most fit selves.

But again, I realize that many people are slogging away in their fitness journeys on their own.

If you’ve never done so before, try talking to a family member or friend or your other half to tell them why you need their help with getting fired up again.

Maybe going for a run or walk together would be fun! Plus, it’s always fun to channel Michael Caine and exclaim, “It’s all in the buttocks!” when on a power walk with a good girlfriend. Lol!

Or, if you don’t feel you have the right kind of person in your life to help reinvigorate or inspire you again, as silly as it may sound, I’m here!!

Send me an email! I’d be happy to help you get back on track, if in no other way than just reminding you that you can do this, cheering you on, and helping you remember why being fit rocks so much in the first place. #ittakesavillage

Your Turn!

Do you have any awesome anti-plateau or anti-stagnation tips you want to share? As usual, I’m all ears and would love to hear from you!

Author: Michelle Whitley

Wife. Mother of 5 Boys. Entrepreneur. Health and Fitness Coach. Lover of living a life of full potential.

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