How long does it take to see results with exercise? ...jessicasmithtv
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How long does it take to see results with exercise?
The truth is, results vary with every individual and will greatly depend on how intensely you are exercising and dieting. Will you lose weight or change your body shape faster by sticking with a hard core diet and intense exercise plan? Yes. Will you end up maintaining those results over the long term? Probably not (ask any one who has ever been featured in a "after" photo for one of those infomercials!).
The good news is your body responds almost instantly to exercise! In general, your body is making changes as soon as you start working out, though it can take about 4 weeks of regular, consistent workouts to actually gain strength, stamina and as long as 6 weeks to start seeing the results most of us are looking for in terms of dropping sizes or shedding pounds. In the meantime, put away the scale for now and instead focus on all the changes you can FEEL even sooner - like increased energy, stamina, strength, even happiness. Those are priceless improvements to your health and well being - enjoy those results!
Here are 3 tips to speed up your results:
#1: Stay as active as possible during the remaining 10-12 hours of your day.
Sure, the type of workout you do is important, but what's equally as important is what you do with the rest of your day! Even the most intense, hour long workout may not be enough to help you lose weight or improve your health if you sit in front of a computer, TV or in a car for the remainder of your waking hours. Stand as often as possible, park further away from the store entrance, take a lap around your office building at lunch (or organize a lunch time walk indoors or out with co-workers - several of our community members use our walking videos at work and play them in a conference room!). Activity keeps your body burning more calories around the clock and helps keep your energy level high (which really comes in handy if you exercise after a full day at work!).
#2: Follow our recommended workout plans and programs.
We tailor our workout rotations to help you get the best results without having to suffer! By alternating high and low intensity exercise days and using a wide variety of training styles and methods, your body can stay more active, energized and it can even be easier to stick with a healthy diet since you won't be exhausted or overtraining.
#3: Get enough sleep.
Even if you are dedicated to your workouts and healthy eating, if you aren't getting enough sleep you could be slowing down your results. Sleep is when your body repairs muscle tissue and it can also help balance your fat burning and hunger hormones, which can be a key factor in keeping your fat burning processes in check (one University of Chicago study found that sleep deprived subjects' insulin sensitivity dropped by 30 percent). Plus, numerous studies have shown that we're more likely to consume more calories when sleep deprived! Bottom line: make sure you are logging in 7-10 quality hours of sleep a night if you are serious about seeing results.
Finally, the best advice I could give you when it comes to results and exercise is to focus primarily on how you FEEL. The right kind of exercise should make you instantly feel better, stronger, more energized, etc. If your workout leaves you feeling weak, drained or exhausted, it could be to intense for your current level and you may be over doing it. Look at exercise as a part of your life instead of something you have to do in order to reach your goal. If you can find a way to make fitness fun and something you actually enjoy doing, you'll get so much more out of it and be more likely to stick with it over the long term, way after you've hit your goals, which can help you lead a healthier, happier and more active life today and into the future.
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