I’ve been moving happily along during my stay at Green Mountain’shealthy weight loss program, losing inches off my body and completely whipping my body into better shape. But now I’ve hit a wall. I’ve hit a challenge in my fitness journey.
When your body is being whipped into shape it eventually decides that if you are going to do exercise often it will make that exercise easier for you. Without your knowledge your body becomes conditioned and acts more efficiently. Cardio becomes easier and you don’t have to work as hard to complete the same tasks that were a struggle weeks ago.That is where my body is right now. I’ve been going to fitness classes 5 to 6 days a week for over two months. I’ve bumped up my intensity in all the classes. And last week I realized, “This is easier.” I had the amazing realization that my body was completing the class with much more ease than when I had first started taking classes here at Green Mountain.
Note: I didn’t say it was easy. It was just much, much, easier than when I began. My body has adjusted to the kinds of exercise I’ve been giving it and now it is ready for something more. My body has physically hit a wall where it needs more intensity within my workouts to get the same benefits I did when I first started working out.
So that is exactly what I am going to give it. Intensity.
I only have three weeks left here at the residential weight loss program. During my last three weeks I am going to experiment with cardio intervals and determine the best exercises for me to continue doing once I leave. I have three weeks to bump it up and make the final stretch of my stay just as intense and helpful as the first nine weeks.
I’m off to start my first interval workout outside utilizing the hills since we have been having beautiful weather here. But I want to know about your experience with hitting plateaus and bumping up your exercise routine.
Have you ever experienced this and needed to bump up your workouts? What did you do?
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