Health & Fitness Center
Many who are new to exercise will see immediate results at the start of their workout regime because of the drastic change in their lifestyle. Once they hit a plateau, usually a month or so into their new workout routine, they abandon or cut back on fitness because of a loss in motivation or the results aren’t as obvious as before.
However, plateaus don’t only affect first-time exercisers.
Experienced athletes can also encounter this frustrating problem. The main factors for breaking through a plateau are determination and perseverance. Simply varying a workout routine could solve the problem. If the plateau prolongs, people have to take a more serious look at their overall lifestyles. Diet and adequate rest both play a huge role in muscle development.
Here are some tips that I offer to help in conquering a plateau:
•Expend more calories than are consumed. People must create a caloric deficit in order to lose weight.
•Drink more water. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
•Always plan and prepare meals ahead of time to avoid bad choices like choosing a meal from the vending machines or fast food.
•Eat complex and natural carbohydrates. Ample carbs will ensure that the body doesn’t burn muscle, instead of fat, for fuel.
•Include protein in the daily diet. Eating protein will help to keep blood sugar levels even, and help people avoid in-between meal cravings.
If people in the military community are still having trouble breaking through plateaus, even after following these lifestyle changes; Soldiers, civilians and family members can consult with a personal trainer at the Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center. Call 381-5944 to meet with a personal trainer who can give advice and show new and better workouts.
Just always remember that losing weight is not an easy process, so make smart choices and find ways to keep motivated.