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It is probably very fair to say that all of us, at one point or another, in our journey to achieving better health & fitness have hit the dreaded "plateau." You know what we're talking about. You've cleaned up your eating, stopped the midnight snacking & are making better choices & enjoying a healthier relationship with food. You have also adopted more supportive habits as far as getting into better shape; hitting the gym, taking the stairs more & going for walks after supper, instead of sitting in front of the TV. Yes, you've made some fantastic lifestyle changes & the results are beginning to show. You feel better, you feel more clear minded & less anxious, your stress levels are considerably lower & YES, you even have to admit to yourself that "girl . . . you are looking so fine!" And then BOOM . . . the great stall . . .< insert angry face> LOL!!!
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The first piece of advice we are going to offer is this . . . RELAX! Yes, take a deep breath & take comfort in the fact that this does happen to most, if not all of us & it is not because you have done something wrong. Quite the contrary. You are doing lots right & the fact is this, your body is adapting to the new lifestyle choices you have made so the shock of the new behaviours you are engaging in are not having the same immediate result that you have gotten used to. Take that as a compliment. And take it as a challenge! A challenge? Yeah . . . a challenge Princesses . . . because we love a challenge & if anyone can raise the bar & hit a home run it's YOU!
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When we hit a plateau it's time to raise the bar. Try something new & increase the intensity of what we are doing. That does not mean that you have to turn your 1/2 evening walk into the Boston marathon. It just means that you need to add a little more of the sweat factor. So for example, switch up your walking route & maybe find a new route that has some hills or stairs in it that increases the cardio for you? Maybe, weather dependant, switch from walking to biking. Or, if you are really feeling like a rock star . . . how about increasing your pace to a jog?! If you have been exercising 3 days a week, why not add a 4th? Or take one of your 3 day activities & implement something completely new like a fitness class at your local rec center or joining a sports team.
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by Tonya Fines . . . Mum, Wife, Nutrition Counsellor, Lifestyle Blogger