How to Get Over an Exercise Plateau

Trees don’t grow to the sky, duh. Well, fitness gains don’t advance every day, either. Our physical bodies are organic machines. We can’t just tack on muscle or trim off pounds. Sometimes we consolidate. It can seem like an insurmountable barrier. It isn’t.  Don’t panic.

Here are some tips to help you to overcome those barriers, real and imagined, that keep you from working on improving your health from the National Institute on Aging.


Find Time to Exercise: “Try exercising first thing in the morning before your day gets too busy. Combine physical activity with a task that’s already part of your day, such as walking the dog or doing household chores. If you don’t have 30 minutes to be active, look for three 10-minute periods.”

Stick With Your Exercise Plan: “Make exercise interesting and enjoyable. Do things you enjoy, but pick up the pace. Try new activities to keep your interest alive. If you can stick with it for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making physical activity a regular habit.”

Exercise Without Spending Money: “All you need for brisk walking is a pair of comfortable non-skid shoes. For strength training, you can make your own weights with soup cans or water bottles. Check with local parks and recreation department or senior center for low-cost exercise programs in your area.”

Increasing your Energy: “Regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce fatigue and even help you manage stress. Once you become active, you’re likely to have more energy than before. As you do more, you also may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, and for longer than before.”


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