Work vs. Effort - How to Avoid The Plateau

What makes a fitness program hard or easy? Understanding that it is effort and not the physical activity (work) that makes a fitness program easy or hard is one of the key pillars of the program. The best way to explain this difference
is with the following example: Let’s say that you are going to start a fitness program that requires you to run five miles a day; the amount of work
based on the Physics equation is work equal to the force multiplied by the distance traveled, W = F*d.
W is work
F is force, and
d is distance

These variables make up the Physics equation of work. So when you start a fitness program that requires you to run or walk five miles, the amount of work to complete the physical activity would be the force required to travel five miles.
That amount of work will be the same the first time you walk or run those five miles as well as the one-hundredth time you walk or run those five miles. In other words, the work done day one will equal the work done day one hundred.
HOWEVER, the amount of effort required to walk or run those five miles will be lower on day one hundred than on day one. The amount of effort required to perform this activity will be much higher than the one-hundredth time you perform the same activity. This is because as you improve your muscular and cardiovascular systems the amount of effort required to complete the activity will
start to decrease. As your body improves, the amount of effort reduces but the amount of work remains the same. It is effort and not work that is directly proportional to the number of calories you burn. This is truly a domino effect because as the effort decreases, the amount of calories you burn also decreases, and as the amount of calories you burn decreases, the caloric delta  between the calories you burn and the calories you consume also decreases, and
then as the caloric delta decreases, your weight loss ratio will start to decrease until you stop seeing results and reach the plateau. 

One of my goals is to show you the correct metrics you need to use to track when starting this or any other fitness program to ensure you get the most benefits. Understanding that it is effort and not the physical activity that is going to create and keep a caloric delta between the calories you burn and the calories you consume will help you maximize your results and get you where you want to be because now you will be monitoring and tracking the exercise efficiency of each routine.