Jake: Hey, I’m Jake of Body by Jake with your health and wellness tip of the day. And we got a great question, and the man who has the answer is Dr. Art Mollen. Dr. Art, great to see you buddy. Here we go. And a lot of people talk about this and here’s the question: I love working out, but I’ve plateaued. What could I do to get off that plateau? Right?
Dr. Art: So in order to break the plateau, you’re going to have to change up your exercise program. So that may be increasing the amount you’re exercising. For instance, say you walk a mile every day. And you’ve plateaued, and your weight is the same and you’re not broken through that particular point. So you’re going to have to increase your exercise and maybe go to two miles and maybe you’re going to have to increase the speed at which you’re going. So say you’re walking a mile and you’ve plateaued…
Jake: Plateau. Just to explain right? It’s when you’ve not seen…
Dr. Art: You’re not seeing improvement or there’s no improvement right? You know, weight is the same, your pulse rates’ the same, your blood pressure is the same. Everything is just flat-out plateaued. You’re not seeing the improvements that you want to see.
You need to either increase, say the amount of exercise, the intensity of the exercise that you’re doing or you need to change the exercise.
Say you’re a runner and you’re just running every day. Now, you may need to start lifting weights like Jake, and change up your program and forget about the running completely for say a month or two, and then come back to it later on. You need to get to the point that you’re going to increase those beta endorphins, those good guys in your brain.
Exercise increases serotonin in your brain. So you feel better about yourself, you feel more positive, you function at the pinnacle of what your creativity and your productivity will be every day.
So that most people wake up, they’re like at a minus 2 on a scale of one to ten. But by exercising every day, that will allow you to function again at the pinnacle of your creativity every day and you’ll feel much better. And that’s the way to break the plateau: change it up!
Jake: Change it up! You’re the best, we’re not changin’ you! And don’t quit. That’s right!
” Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit! Don’t quit! Have a great day!”
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