It can be very easy to get stuck in rut with your health and fitness. I would say you are in a rut if any of the following sound familiar; you are exercising regularly and not seeing your body shape change, you are struggling to find the motivation to workout or finding it hard to stick to the eating plan.
Any rut can almost always be overcome with a good plan. If you are going to the gym and not seeing the results you would like the routine you are following is obviously not doing its job. There can be two main reasons for this. It may be that the program you are doing is not a well-designed program appropriate to your goal. For example if your goal is fat loss then doing cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, swimming and walking are not the most effective way to change body shape. Another reason why your program may not be working could be down to a lack of variety. For an exercise program to be effective it should overload the body in a new way so as it has to adapt and change between the sessions. This causes an increase in our metabolism and this is key to burning more fat and building lean muscles. If you have been doing the same routine for more than 6 session you will have begun to lose the overload affect and therefore lose the metabolic boosting benefits of exercise. Examples of this are seen regularly in large gyms where you see the members attending lots of group fitness classes but you often see very little change in their body shape. The basic principles and movements in these programs stay pretty consistent so there is no great shock to the body and the end results are usually plateaus in body shape.
Part of the successful planning should be outlining your goals. Listing when you are going to achieve them and the actions you must take for success. An example of this would be: I will be a size 10 by xmas, I will exercise 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday), I will only drink alcohol once per week and I will drink 3 litres of water each day. This plan is measurable and specific making you much more likely to action it.
Finally and probably most importantly you will almost always fail with your health and fitness goals unless you have a bullet proof eating plan. Firstly you must establish solid principles behind the eating plan. What types of foods are you aiming to eat and which do you plan to limit avoid?
Planning and understanding your nutrition plays a big part in the Get Results program. Our eating plan involves eating small meals, high in protein, with quality carbohydrates and containing some essential fats.
We encourage our clients to make a shopping list each week and then plan there breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at least 1-2 days in advance. We also encourage that they schedule in their rest time where they can have a treat or two. This seems to work very well for keeping them on track.
So if you are stuck in a rut with your health and fitness plan, take a look and see where the weak links are in your plan. Is it your exercise plan is now ineffective? Do you find your exercise boring? Or are you struggling to eat healthy and stay on track.