I have a friend of a friend who is a personal trainer, and people are always hitting her up for free advice. No matter what the question — how do I get rid of my love handles? build my biceps? — she asks, "how many times a week do you work out?" If the person says "three," she says, "increase it to four." If he answers "four," she says, "do five." And so on.
Of course, it's not that simple — but it almost is. Her answer is a good reminder that if you are working hard to get in shape and not seeing the results you want, adding in one more workout per week makes a world of difference. Working out more gives you a chance to mix up your routine and combine cardio and strength training, which helps you move off the weight-loss plateau. Have you noticed a dramatic difference by increasing your workout routine?