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30 Jan 2022
10:48 am

Fitness trainer explains how long it takes to realistically see results

Citizen Reporter

Whether it be the pressure of social media, changes in your body due to motherhood or eating habits, the health industry has been criticised for its inconsistent messaging when it comes to a healthy mind and body.

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As with every new year, people set up new health and body goals for themselves, and most want to know how soon they could see results after kicking off their workout plans.

Whether it be the pressure of social media, changes in your body due to motherhood, or eating habits, the health industry has been criticised for its inconsistent messaging when it comes to a healthy mind and body.

People who have set themselves targets often want to see results quickly.

Personal trainer, Amanda Hughes told The Independent the people who can expect those results are the ones who have never exercised before.

“If you’ve never exercised before, you can expect to see results much faster than someone who has been training for years, as their bodies will be more conditioned,” she said.

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Hughes explained because our genetic make-up is different, the rate we see changes to our bodies will differ, so comparing ourselves is fruitless.

She recommends people set up a workout plan between three to five times a week; results should show in about a month or two.

“Whilst the initial changes will be small, over time these results will be more noticeable,” Hughes said.

The trainer is aware that some people start off hard in hopes of reaching their goals quicker but this could result in a quicker burnout.

She said being realistic is more sustainable and will make it easier to stay on your health journey.

How to keep motivated and on track:

  1. Keep track of your progres: document your journey with before and after pictures
  2. Make your workout plan realsitic but still challenging
  3. Make your workouts fun: If you have a gym membership take advanatge of the differnt fitness classes such as pilaltes, yoga and boxing. Similar to fitness apps, try the other workouts on offer dont just stick to the same routine.

Hughes said finding something you enjoy in fitness is very important for your success.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele.