As a personal trainer in Brighton and Hove, I know that February is the litmus test when it comes to keeping up the good habits formed in January. This is where setting goals throughout the year becomes key.
On a personal note, one of the goals for me this year was a PB at the Worthing Half Marathon in February. But unfortunately this was cancelled because of strong winds from Storm Ciara! I do however have 2 upcoming marathons, in March and April, to focus on.
Indeed, when we first start to get fit, the pounds fly off and we feel better than ever. But the progress can begin to slow after time. You’re still doing all the right thing. Eating less and moving more. But your body gets used to the routine and you just don’t feel the same benefits. Diminishing returns sets in. This can often happen after 4 weeks at the start of February. Don’t let this erode your resolve. Follow these tips to help break through the plateau and convince your body to start responding again.
Exercise and Food Diary
An exercise diary is the perfect way to break a plateau. It allows you to keep track of the exercises you do and the order you do them in. By increasing the intensity, adding additional exercises or simply just changing the order in which you carry out your workout you are likely to be able to challenge yourself sufficiently to start seeing results again. Because no two workouts should be the same.
You can workout seven times a week, but if you’re not achieving the right caloric intake your results will still fall short. I know this through years of experience as a personal trainer in Brighton and Hove. It sounds simple, yet so many people fail to pay attention to portion control and have no idea of the effect this has on their goals. If the scales aren’t budging, try keeping a food diary. This will help identify how many calories you’re really consuming each day!
Getting fit and healthy may seem a straight-forward concept, but there is a wealth of misleading information out there. This can leave you feeling confused and even further from achieving your goals. As a personal trainer in Brighton and Hove, its important to dispel a couple of diet and exercise myths which could be holding you back.
Contrary to common belief, there is no such thing as spot reduction when it comes to getting your body in shape. Sit ups alone don’t make your waist thinner. It takes more than side bends to lessen your love handles and adductor presses won’t singlehandedly make your thighs smaller. The truth is that overall body fat must be reduced to lose fat in any particular area. You can’t simply make certain areas of fat go away by working the muscles near it.
Its a myth that eating carbohydrates makes you fat. Whilst cutting carbs from your diet may have short-term weight loss benefits (due to water loss from a decrease in carbohydrate stores), moderate consumption of wholegrain carbohydrates does not directly lead to weight gain. The body uses carbs for energy so going too long without them can cause you to feel weak and tired and is very likely to have a negative impact on your training. Carb-cycling is a beneficial technique, so please do ask me if you have any questions about this.