Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is it an attitude plateau?

Sometimes results of any exercise activity performed repeatedly with no progression, get stagnated due to no additional stimulation for the body to respond and develop in the process!
There are some ways to break out of it, as we have discussed which include total rest or active rest, varying the activities and checking the nutrition and water intake!

However, this is also a good time to question yourself, and see whether it is just an 'attitude' plateau!What we mean by that is, are you simply 'feeling' tired or bored of your workout? And feel hopeless, as if you're never going to get results! Interestingly, the mind-body connection is so unmistakably accurate, whether you believe it or not, that this attitude of yours can actually make you resist any tangible results, that may have been otherwise possible to achieve.
Another reason why it is very important to watch that attitude of ours, is because of the mental-emotional connection to food intake and exercise! So, after an initial bout of enthusiastic effort at exercising, motivated by the initial good response of the body when you begin any exercise activity, in a few days you feel de-motivated if the results are not matching your 'expectations', watch it!
This is usually accompanied by a feeling of 'what is the use' and pessimism.And if you are an emotional eater, then this feeling is enough to get you back right to where you started!

Our body works in simple ways. Short-term efforts give short-term results. Long-term results need patience and consistency in sticking to your exercise routine, rather than a yo-yo of sporadic and heroic outbursts of enthusiasm followed by laziness and binging! So an attitude plateau is best avoided by planning and following a process to reach your goals, instead of constantly being in search of short-cuts and quick fixes!
A possible solution is 'periodization'! More on that next week!

Remember that you can’t continue doing the same thing the same way and expect different results. If what you’re doing is not working, make changes!

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