We all want to lose weight and get in shape as quickly as possible, but the sad fact is that this is not possible.
Especially if you don’t want to risk your health or want the pounds to come back as quickly as they are lost.
Sometimes you will hear so-called experts state that you can get ripped in just 6 weeks but the reality is that this is not true, with studies even proving this to be fact.
A 2004 study at the University of Wisconsin that was undertaken on 25 sedentary men found that there was little change in their appearance after 6 weeks of 3 training sessions each week.
What is your goal?
To answer the question “how long will it take to get in shape” we first need to know what your goal is.
We all have different goals, that will ultimately take longer to achieve depending on what your current fitness is and what you are willing to do to achieve your goal.
Generally speaking, if you have not been active for a few years then you can see big changes relatively quickly, probably in around 2 months.
However, it may take upwards of a year to really see huge changes to both your appearance and fitness levels.
Aim to compete
Rather than aiming to lose weight or gain fitness for purely aesthetic reasons, instead sign up for a competition, perhaps a 5 or 10k run.
With a specific goal in mind you will be more motivated to achieving your goal.
Take it slow to begin
If you are not used to training, then it is advisable to take it slow to begin. You don’t want to risk injury by going too fast, too quickly.
You will take a little time to build up your fitness levels, so be patient, but also try to push yourself too.
To achieve your goals you need to be consistent. That means you need to create a habit, which will make it easier to stick with.
This only takes a few weeks, so don’t make excuses not to train.
Make the effort and try to workout 3-4 times a week. If you start slacking off before it becomes a habit then chances are you will lose any fitness you have already achieved.
Studies have shown that your cardiovascular fitness will be the first to go, but thankfully it can be regained.