How Long Does It Take to See Results When You Start a New Workout Regime, According to Top Fitness Trainers | Health and Fitness
|How Long Does It Take to See Results When You Start a New Workout Regime, According to Top Fitness Trainers|
It's a perennial question on the minds of all gym newbies: How much physical torture will I have to endure before I see a change in my body?
Obviously, your reasons for starting a new workout regime may not be aesthetic: Perhaps you just want to feel more energized or switch up your daily routine to your sweats.
Whatever your reasons for squeezing in your Lycra, it can be helpful in terms of motivation to know how much exercise you really need to do to see any kind of physical change, which, let's face it. Well, it's something that's always in the back of our minds when we're sledding on the treadmill.
Obviously, how much change you see depends largely on your fitness level before beginning, explains fitness trainer Amanda Hughes.
"If you've never exercised before, you can expect to see results much faster than someone who's been training for years, because their bodies will be more conditioned," she told The Independent.
"We are all different in our makeup, thus the rate at which we see our bodies change will vary from person to person."
That being said, Hughes explained that if you stick to your workout regime and you're training three to five times a week, you can expect to see results within a month or two.
"However, some variables will affect it," she said, such as your body's starting point and obviously your nutrition.
Whether it's starting a new weights program or attending a new spinning class, Hughes recommends the following three tips to help you maintain motivation and get the results you want.
Measure Your Progress
It's all too easy to mock the fitness Instagram elite for mirror selfies and endless streams of gospel protein shake photos, but documenting your workouts before and after snaps can be useful in terms of keeping you motivated.
Whether or not you want to share these images publicly, taking pictures of your body at the beginning of your fitness "journey" and since then enables you to see how far you've come.
"While the initial changes will be small, over time these results will be more noticeable," Hughes said.
Push Yourself - But Be Realistic
"Be progressive with your workouts and keep your starting point in mind," Hughes advises.
If you're just starting out, it may be worth working up to two to three sessions a week for you.
"Having a realistic and sustainable plan will help you stick to it," she said.
Likewise, if you find yourself reaching a plateau after a few weeks, you know it's time to change your regime a bit, whether it's increasing your weight or adding some high-intensity movements to your body. Include routines, such as jumping lunges or burpees.
Plus, don't feel like you need to splurge on an expensive gym membership, there are tons of tough home exercises you can do from the comfort of your living room.
Find workouts you really enjoy
It may sound obvious, but a surprisingly large number of people continue to drag themselves into classes they hate and gyms they hate as if it's some sort of masochistic jury duty.
It doesn't really have to be that way, with today's gyms offering all kinds of iterations of exercise classes - from boxing to aerial yoga - all you have to do is find one you really enjoy - or at least can tolerate less.
"Finding something you enjoy doing is paramount to your success," says Hughes.
Call a friend
If you're still struggling to get yourself out of bed for a 6 a.m. running class, the key may be roping in the support of a workout buddy.
Not only will they help hold you accountable if you try to quit at the last minute, it can also turn exercise into a social experience that can be extremely beneficial to your mental and physical health.
Hughes concluded, "Having someone who has a vested interest in your success will help encourage you to succeed."
Source: Olivia Petter, Independent, Direct News 99