When Will I See Results From My Workouts?

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When people start exercising, one of the first things they want to know is how long they have to workout before they see results. I could start to lecture at this point about how exercise  is about health for life, but I’m not so naive as to think most gals don’t give a damn about that when they start. Hell no! They want to look hot in a swimsuit or on their wedding day. Who doesn’t?

With this “singular-goal” mindset, one of two things can result: a lifelong workout commitment or a failed enterprise. My guess is the latter prevails in a majority of cases. If everyone persevered, one third of the American population wouldn’t be overweight. The problem is that many people expect fast results for little effort, but it doesn’t work that way, honeys. You’ve got to sweat, and you’ve got to put in the time.

So the question remains: How long until I see results from my workouts?

The answer is not so easy to pinpoint, as everyone’s situation is different. Factors like present weight, level of fitness, workout intensity, modality, duration and frequency must all be taken into account. But, generally, a person can expect to see results within three months.

Personally, I saw results (eight inches lost) within the first six weeks of my fitness lifestyle. However, darlings, my progress might pale in comparison to yours or vice versa. So, if possible, don’t get hung up on a time frame. Just make health and progressing strength and stamina your goals, and you’ll eventually reap the payoff.

But if you are doggedly set on a goal-weight deadline, it’s in your best interest to hire a personal trainer (PT). A PT can design a program tailored for your current fitness and goals and keep you pushing and on track for that deadline. A PT can also give you general meal guidelines, or you might seek the advice of a nutritionist.

A word of caution …

Remember that once you do reach your goal weight or size, you have to keep working out. You can’t just stop putting the work in, eat whatever you want and stay in shape. So put the cookie down and drop and give me 20! It may take a while to see a change, but eventually, if you return to a life of sloth, you’ll gain weight and lose muscle tone. It’s a snowballing slope after that. Say bye-bye to your babe-a-rella beach body.

So, to recap, getting a hot body takes time and lots of effort. If you’re not willing to work hard, be patient and forever persistent, give up any dreams you have of being one fit BITCH. May the gods of hot swimsuit bodies be with you all.

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