A lot of people working on their “summer bodies”. I work with my clients all with different goals and expectations. Naturally, we all want the thing to happen straight away.
One of the biggest reasons people stop exercising after a short period of time is because they aren’t seeing results. But it very uncommon for people to see big changes after just a couple weeks of exercise.
When you first started exercising you are doing it to see changes longer in the future, not changes the next day. So it’s important to stay patient and trust that even though you aren’t seeing results right in the beginning, you are going to see them.
Losing weight and becoming healthier is all about the long game. It is something that takes time and is not something that happens overnight.
During your exercise journey, I want you to remember one thing. You are doing something today that is going to benefit you tomorrow. This is where the long game of health and fitness comes in.
Exercising is not something you do for a month, expect great results, then stop. It’s more about exercising daily for living a healthy lifestyle. You are exercising now to see great results and positive changes tomorrow.
It is a journey that could potentially last for the rest of your life. So I want you to stay patient, trust you will reach your goals, and remember you are doing something today to benefit you tomorrow.
Exercise is not just a short game its the long game!
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you throw in the towel.
SOMEBODIES SIMPLY LOSE WEIGHT SLOWER
If you do not see results in the first few weeks, it doesn’t mean you are not losing weight. We see this happen at the gym at times, and even though it’s annoying, there is nothing you can do except keep going.
MORE IS NOT ALWAYS MORE
When you lose weight slowly, it is tempting to add more and more exercise in the hope of losing weight faster. It does not work, it burns you out, and you’ll lose motivation. Work to a realistic exercise plan and stick to it.
Even if you do not lose weight, there is always a benefit: you get fit. Daily exercise keeps you in great condition and you will feel healthier. Always compare where you have come from, if you can say you are in a better condition than you were three months ago, then it always worth it!
The worst thing you can do is choose something you don’t like simply because you think it’ll bring fast results. It won’t. You’ll do it for a week or two then give up. Choose something that works for you and that you can stick with. My task for you is to try something new this week.
What is the worse than can happen? Exactly
As long as you exercise, you are not gaining weight, which is a result in itself.
Don’t do the same exercises day in and day out. Your body will adapt to these exercises and it will slow down your results.
Walking and making sure you get your steps in is a great way to help increase your activity levels. Using an activity watch also helps quantify this. So make yourself accountable for how much you move.
Starting the day with any form of exercise — group training, a jog, or even that walk we just suggested — is wonderful. It clears your mind, gets you going, and prepares you for whatever the day has in store for you!
Training non-stop all day every day is not good for your health, and could even lead to breaking down muscles instead of growing them. It is also mentally unhealthy to never have a day off. Your brain will enter a “there is no end to this” mode and you will start resenting exercise. Overtraining is harmful to the mind as well as the body. Take some time to rest and recover.
Everyone that sticks at it – despite not seeing results as quickly as they may have hoped — found that one day their pants weren’t as tight-fitting. Then gradually all their clothes feel a little larger. Without even noticing, people often lose those few kilos they have been working on. Stick with it and eventually, you will get results.
See! You just can’t quit! You owe it to yourself!
Let me know your fitness goals and I will let you know how myself and Coffs Coast Health Club can support you and motivate you to achieve them come and see me in the club, feel free to DM me firstname.lastname@example.org or follow my Facebook Jen Lou Fitness at Coffs Coast Health Club or Instagram @jenloufit
Have a healthy weekend,