Are you starting to fall off the wagon with your New Year’s Resolution of toning up and fitting into your skinny jeans? If so, you’re not alone. Recent studies indicate that most gym-goers start to feel a plateau somewhere in their sixth to eighth week of beginning a new fitness program. Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member and Strength Training and Cardio Expert, Grace DeSimone, provides five tips to help keep you motivated to achieve your new year’s resolutions.
Are you getting what you want? By this point, you should see some noticeable positive changes, such as muscle tone, weight loss, improved endurance, and increased energy. DeSimone advises her clients to evaluate their progress to determine if what they set out to improve is being accomplished.
You’ll never know if you don’t try. If you love the treadmill, try the elliptical next time. If you enjoy walking, try swimming laps. The variety encourages your body to be challenged and also reduces the amount of stress placed on individual muscles from repetitive activity.
It’s time to step it up. Add a few laps to your warm-up, set an incline on the treadmill or add more weight to strength training machines. “However you want to do it, progressively make your workouts more challenging and enduring,” recommends DeSimone. Making these additions will validate how much you have progressed and keep you motivated to add even more.
What’s another ten minutes? Your workout clothes are on, you’ve already begun sweating, might as well extend your workout for another ten minutes. Adding a few extra minutes to your time at the gym intensifies your workouts significantly, making the increase seem almost nonexistent.