Physical Plain

How Quickly will I See Results?

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When people start their new fitness program one of the first things they ask (or wonder) is how soon they will see results.  Most think of results purely on the physical plain.  They want tone, weight loss, muscle etc but before these wonderful changes occur there are other results that will motivate a consistent workout regimen.  And consistency is key.  It WILL result in physical changes. Here is a Timeline of Expected Results from Exercising Week 1 You will be tired from a vigorous workout and you will start to sleep better. If you are eating clean you will start to feel clarity and improved energy. Week 2 You may start to notice that you are already getting through workouts easier.  Last week you could only do 10 pushups but now you can do 15! If you have been drinking a lot of more water you will feel less bloated and may have dropped a couple of pounds of water weight. Week 3 Beginners may start to notice results now.  Usually weight loss. Exercisers  that have come back from a fitness hiatus will probably notice their muscles getting "a pump" again. You feel better all day.  No more dozing off at 3pm, no more hitting up the vending machine mid-day. Your diet is supplying you with the nutrition you need to make it through the day and the workouts are motivating you to say no to temptation. Week 4-6  With consistency in diet and exercise real results are being noticed now.  Clothes fit better, weight loss has occurred (or muscle gain) and energy levels are through the roof. Many people start to notice an increase in libido and self-confidence. Week 6-12  The body will be going through many changes.  Shoulders and arms will be getting toned while the waist will be slimmer.  Legs will start to show tone in the quads, hamstring and calves and the bum will be more shapely. Strength and endurance will be significantly improved and you will find that the workouts you started with 6-12 weeks ago are way too easy.  You may have to push harder or change it up to continue seeing results. Emotionally, you will be able to handle a lot more.  You are mentally tough.  The daily irritations that used to make you reach for the cookie jar don't even register on your anger meter anymore.  Annoying co-workers?  Nosy Mother-In-Law?  You brush it off! Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat.  Don't let the scale dictate your success.  Look to the physical, psychological and emotional benefits first to determine if you are really changing and improving your body and lifestyle.