Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Do you find yourself doing endless hours of cardio, decreasing your caloric intake and working out at least 3 days per week, yet your body seems unwilling to change?
Can you say frustrating!
If this has ever happened to you, you’re not alone! Women's fitness can be a mystery and it happens to women around the world on a daily and weekly basis!
Let's move on!
What in the world is going on?
What you have experienced is known as adaptation. Your body is an amazing machine that adapts to any external stress placed upon it and regardless of how much cardio or exercise you do and regardless of how strict you are on your diet, once your body has adapted to what you’re doing, you must step it up a notch or two to get new results!
Argghhhh… I see your frustrated face! Stick with me.
What do I mean?
Allow me to paint a clearer image of adaptation. When you first begin exercising, your body isn’t used to the exercises you’re doing. At this point, your body requires more effort or energy to perform your activity of choice. As a result, you experience increased heart rate, unstable movement patterns and greater calorie burn! However, after a certain period of time, (adaptation period) the body requires less effort or energy to perform the same task. After a while, you know what happens don’t you? You guessed it, you hit a wall and your results will become less apparent!
To avoid frustration, burn stubborn body fat, improve your cardiovascular conditioning and overall fitness, use the following 5 tips!
Tip 1: Choose a new weapon of choice: If you find yourself doing the same exercises on the same equipment it is time to change things up. By utilizing new cardio or exercise equipment, you're challenging your body from different angles. This will cause you to use different muscle groups that can lead to greater strength, calorie burn and stamina.
Tip 2: Use time instead of counting repetitions: Instead of using repetitions, try using time. Using time can assist you in getting in more repetitions and kicking your intensity up!
Tip 3: Add more sets: Doing the same amount of sets will not challenge your body. Therefore add at least 2 additional sets of exercises to your current fitness regimen.
Tips 4: Add more weight: At the beginning of your fitness journey 25 pounds may have seemed heavy, however, once your body adapts, you will need to increase your weight. It is called progressive resistance training. Go up at least 2 lbs-5 lbs. of resistance per month. You got this!
Tip 5: HITT it Baby: If you find yourself doing steady state cardio( same intensity over your allotted cardio time), try adding intervals. Performing intervals require high bursts of an exercise for an allotted amount of time, followed by a short break! This will help burn additional calories and save you time in the gym!
Be patient with yourself!
Getting in shape for your body is a journey with many destinations and to be honest, the women's fitness world is flooded with misinformation that may leave your confused!
Therefore, on your personal fitness journey, use these 5 tips to help you see your greatest fitness results! And, in the meantime, if you're tired of getting fit alone and ready to get out of the fitness rut you're in, sign up today for a fitness consultation with Olympian, 10 x Wellness Author and Health Expert, Laticia "Action" Jackson!
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