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What can I do to get past a fitness plateau?

Continually doing the same type of exercise can lead to what's called a fitness plateau, where you won't continue to realize the same gains from your investment of time (and sweat). One way to outfox the fitness plateau is to cross train. This doesn't mean you need to develop or learn complex routines, but you do need a variety of activities. Here are a few examples of cross-training strategies:
  • Run and done: If you’re a dedicated runner, ride a bike or take some yoga classes in place of your regular run.
  • Be class conscious: If you only do Zumba, try a different group exercise class to change it up.
  • Stretch yourself: If yoga is all you do, consider going for a swim each week, or play some tennis.
  • Don’t “weight” to change: If you never venture out of the weight room in a gym, consider training for a 5K run.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.