Who’s heard the saying, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint?” When it comes to health and fitness, this couldn’t be more true.
Everybody wants quick results, why wouldn’t they? Everybody wants results without having to CHANGE too much. Yet, people want those results to STAY. Am I right?
However, most of the time those “quick fixes” that produce “quick results” will not stay for very long. Your body is designed to ADAPT. Adaptation is what our bodies do to adjust to it’s surrounding or it’s current state.
When you start an exercise program, it can take weeks, months, and even years for your body to adapt. This is why it’s never a great idea to step on the scale every couple days because our bodies are always fluctuating. Some days our bodies are holding on to more water, other days we are depleted of water and glycogen. For a good measure of progress, I suggest taking “progress pictures.”
When you first start your program, take 3 pictures. 1 relaxed front view, 1 relaxed side view, and 1 relaxed back view. Wear something such as a swim suit or shorts & sports bra so that you can see how your body composition changes. Take the same pictures about every 4-6 weeks and compare them.
This way you might notice your waist is slimmer in the second picture, or your hips have trimmed down quite a bit. You might notice a difference in your face, arms, abs, and chest. I’ve noticed it is encouraging to visually see the progress, rather than stepping on a scale and seeing a number.
And finally, remember that you must be CONSISTENT. That means don’t begin a cycle of starting then stopping. Make this apart of your lifestyle and there will be no need to stop. Enjoy seeing the small progress because it will all add up in the end. Remember, you are on your way towards becoming a healthy, strong, and confident individual. Always be striving for improvement. When you reach a goal, set a new one. The sky’s the limit!