If you’re reading this article then there is a good chance you have found yourself in a rut at some point or another. You’re just like every other person out there. Maybe you can’t find the motivation to get back to your workouts after a break. Maybe you’re having trouble beating a certain time limit with your running. Whatever your issue, you’re waiting for that breakthrough to come, but it just isn’t. Don’t worry my friend, you’re not alone. It happens to even the best of us. Here are some tips to help you deal with and hopefully come out of your slump.
DON’T PANIC. Many people think of plateaus as roadblocks, or something that they will never be able to get around. This type of approach does nothing but add fuel to the flame. Instead, look at whatever struggles you’re going through as a challenge. Remember that nothing happens overnight, especially when it comes to exercise. Compare your challenges to finding the right piece to a puzzle, or cracking a safe. It’s something that you’ll have to work toward, but with patience and persistence, you’ll find your way out.
DON’T GIVE YOURSELF A REASON TO FAIL. You’ve struggled for a bit, sure. But that doesn’t mean it has to continue forever. Just like you didn’t see this plateau coming, you won’t know when a breakthrough is going to come either. Keep your focus, because your next workout could be the best you’ve ever had.
GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING. Get back to doing some “easy” workouts. Your all-out effort workouts are great, but sometimes you just need to get back to the basics. Doing these easy workouts will typically get you back into a routine without feeling extremely out of shape. They will keep your from being as sore as you would if you went back at your normal pace, as well. Getting back into a routine is tough enough as it is, so start with something simple.
CHANGE YOUR WORKOUT. If that cardio workout just isn’t doing anything for you anymore, then quit doing it. There is nothing wrong with changing a treadmill workout into, say, a kickboxing workout, or vice versa. Not only are you getting a new physical challenge that your body will adapt to, but mentally you will be refreshed. Changing your training and focus often is very beneficial. It keeps things fresh, prevents boredom, and produces results.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. This may be the most important aspect of breaking through a plateau. All of these things listed are great, but if you don’t believe that it will happen, then it won’t. The mind is the most powerful tool that you have, so use it! You can do so much more than you think you can. Once you truly understand that, you will be amazed at your results.
Plateaus happen to everybody. If you exercise at all, then you’ve experienced one on some level. Some last longer than others, but they are out there for all of us. But stick with it. Your breakthrough may be tomorrow. It may be a year from now. Or it may be in that race that you’re training for. It doesn’t matter where it is, but that you know it’s out there. Now get up and go find it!!