The only thing that anyone can say for certain is that it’s going to take time, effort, and dedication to get fit and stay that way. You’re not going to get a six pack overnight or in a week simply by doing a hundred or so sit ups, stomach crunches, or other ab exercises every day – that’s an absolute myth – so if you’re wondering what it’s going to take and how long it’s going to be before you start seeing that fit body you want so badly, the answer is going to depend on several factors.
How far do you have to go?
You can think of your goal – to be healthy and fit – as the destination at the end of a far-away road. How long you’ll be traveling to reach the end of it is dependent on two factors: your current fitness level (how far away you are from the end of the road) and how consistent you are with exercise and diet (how quickly you can travel on the road).
If you’re relatively fit but just need to tone some muscle and drop a little bit of weight, your road to health is that much shorter than someone that has never exercised a day in their life. However, if you don’t consistently exercise and change your dietary habits it won’t matter how close you are to your goal, as you can’t get there unless you actually put in consistent effort towards reaching the end of the road.
WHAT’S MY MOTIVATION?
Many people start out on that road to fitness with the best of intentions and the strongest of resolve, only to see themselves begin founder and finally grind to a halt after a short period of time. This is due to a lack of motivation, and it has led to the downfall of many a would-be fitness fanatic’s plans for better health, so you’ve got to find ways to keep yourself motivated on the long road to getting fit.
Keeping track of your progress as the weeks go by is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated, depending on your goals. If you’re looking to lose weight, you should step on a scale once a week – the same day every week, and about the same time on that day – to get the best overall indication of how you’ve done; be sure to weigh yourself right after you step out of the shower to get the best and most accurate measurement, preferably the first thing in the morning before you’ve eaten breakfast!
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