How to avoid the body plateau
Exercise is a great way to get the body moving, keep the mind sharp and ensure our overall wellbeing is in check. But if you’re working out for a particular goal, then you might notice your progress begin to slow down, or even plateau especially during challenges. If you find you’re plateauing a bit don’t worry! We’ve got some tips to help give your body a little shock and get it back up and running again.
Switch up your style
We can all be creatures of habit when it comes to working out. Once we get stuck in that routine, it’s hard to break out of the comforts of knowing what to expect from a workout. But like us being creatures of habit in the mind our body then becomes a creature of habit also. Switch up your style and challenge your body to give it the spike needed. That’s why we have 5 concepts here - to ensure you’re always on your toes.
Take a break
It’s important to listen to your body and know when it’s time to slow down or give it a complete break. If you overtrain constantly or or totally burn out your hormones can take a hit and your body goes into fight or flight mode. Signs to look out for when you need a break include: constantly feeling tired, having difficulty sleeping, unusually hungry, unable to give 100% in a workout and of course not seeing results.
Reassess your sleep
If you’re someone who thinks you can survive on minimal sleep and get great results - think again. Your body’s cortisol levels can spike massively by having a bad sleep which will affect your progress. It might feel as if you’re still achieving a lot as you’re able to get through the workouts but not allowing a strong recovery time means your body hasn’t had time to repair and replenish what it needs. Aim to have at least 8 hours of shut eye each night and limit screen time as much as possible leading up to bedtime.
Switching up the warm-up
Although we offer a warm up in each and every class if you’re wanting to shock your body a little but more, start your warm up en route to the studio (take a longer route walking or do a couple of laps of the stairs) or come in a little bit early and do dynamic stretching when you’re here. Warming up your body effectively will mean you’re 100% ready to go and burning the calories as soon as the timer starts.