When you’re physically active on a regular basis, your body gets more efficient so what was once challenging is now easier. The upside – you’re stronger and healthier. The flip side – your body is now burning fewer calories.
To keep up the calorie burn, follow the exercise guidelines of the FITT principle. FITT stands for:
· Frequency - How often you’re active
· Intensity - How hard you’re working
· Time - How long you’re active
· Type - The kind of activity
Changing just one of these areas at a time helps you get better results, minimize boredom, and avoid weight loss plateaus. For example, if you’ve been walking the same 30 minute route three days a week for the past few months, instead you might add an extra day of walking, walk longer, walk faster or even add a few short bursts of jogging into your walk, or switch up your routine altogether by adding a Zumba class or 30 minutes of swimming.
Only increase one area of the FITT principle at a time, not all at the same time, to avoid overuse and injury. As always, see your doctor for guidelines and recommendations specific to your current physical condition.