You’re not getting stronger
“Remember at the beginning when you found muscles you didn’t know you had?” asks Sarajean Rudman, a certified personal trainer. Maybe you felt stronger picking up your kids and doing work around the house or yard or you cut 30 seconds off your mile time—and now you’re stuck in a rut. “If there is no progress happening anymore it is a sure sign of an exercise plateau,” he says. Challenge your body to grow stronger every day by revving up intensity, changing your technique, or increasing the time you spend working out. Need motivation? Try these 11 tricks to get moving again.
You’re not balanced
“If you can deadlift three times your body weight but go into cardiac arrest running a mile, you have worked too hard in one area of fitness and definitely need to change it up,” says Rudman. “A well-rounded fitness routine leaves you feeling strong all around, all muscle groups worked, and your cardio activity in check.”