How Long Does It Take To See Results? Deciding to make a health and fitness change should be an incredibly exciting, motivating and happy time. It means that you have consciously decided to make a change. This is something that you should be very proud of and excited about.
It is however, not uncommon to get a bit impatient when we do not see immediate success. When high excitement and motivation is driving any thought process, it is usually followed with the expectation of instant results. When these instant results do not happen straight away, a drop in motivation levels can occur. Sometimes this can even lead to giving up.
Let’s be honest though, noticeable changes don’t happen overnight. Nor should they. It takes time and if you want to keep the result forever, you should even plan for it to take a bit longer.
How long does it actually take to see some form of results though?
Today, we aim to break down the journey to health and fitness succes.
The First Month
This is usually the most challenging month, but it also sets the foundation for everything ahead. If you have a fantastic first month then you give yourself an incredible chance of seeing wonderful results down the road.
You will be establishing new habits and routines which can be challenging. The biggest tip that we can give you is to find a food and exercise program that fits in line with the lifestyle that you want to have. There is no point setting yourself up for failure by trying to commit to something deep down you do not think that you can stick to.
Commit to a strong program and in the first month you will notice an increase in muscle mass, decrease in body fat and improvements in strength. Visually you most likely will not notice any difference, but physically you will.
Your energy levels will also be improved and you will be sleeping better. All fantastic reasons to continue on your new healthy path!
Three Months In
12 weeks is the magical amount of time to really notice some fantastic results. Both physically, visually and mentally. 3 months of strong commitment to a new program and you would have established the routine and lifestyle that can lead to success forever.
It should be expected after 12 weeks of consistent exercise that you have dropped body fat significantly. There would also have been an increase in muscle mass and are feeling great. Your clothes will be fitting much better, and you should definitely be noticing a change when you look in the mirror. Nicer still, other people will be noticing and with that comes the inevitable encouraging comments coming your way!
After 12 weeks it is also advised to mix up your training so you do not get bored or hit a plateau. This is key to ensure that you remain engaged with your new lifestyle and do not see too many drops in productivity or motivation. How long does it take to see results? After 3 months you definitely will be.
6 months later…
After 6 months of strong commitment to a new lifestyle you should feel like a new person. Goals should have been achieved and you will be planning some exciting things moving forward. Depending on what your initial goal was, it may be getting a bit challenging to lose the last few kilos. This is why it is always recommended to continue to change your training program.
Energy levels, fitness levels and strength levels should all be better than they have been previously. Your weight would have dropped and your skin will be as clear as ever. If you have really embraced your new healthy life, then you could also be looking for the next challenge to keep you inspired.
If you are looking for optimal long-term success, then you must recognise that it will always be about more than just food and exercise. You should always look to make sure that the following two factors are being addressed as well.
Make sure that you are getting adequate sleep every night. AT LEAST 7 hours is what the body needs to make sure that it is recovering and giving your body the chance to reset. If you are not getting enough sleep then you are not giving yourself the best chance for long-term health success. It is that simple.
A body in stress is not a body that will see great success. If you are living a high-stress life, then of course exercise can and will be a big factor in reducing it. You should however, always be looking to reduce it in other areas as best possible. Physically and mentally, stress can be a huge impactor on any health and fitness result.
It is perfectly reasonable and understandable to expect to see results very quickly when you make the decision to make an improvement to your health and fitness. It is probably a decision that has taken a bit of time to get to and as a result when you have finally made it you are ready to go.
If you truly want the result to be one that lasts a lifetime, then you need to be prepared to put in the hard work. The great news is that at regular intervals, you will notice levels of success that will inspire you to continue to work until that result has been achieved. When asking the question of how long it takes to see results, 6 months worth of work for a lifetime of health and fitness sounds pretty good to us!
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