Unfortunately, there is no simple answer as it really depends on your individual goals, your current level of fitness, your ability to meet the required intensity and your level of commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle (i.e. the amount you exercise each week, your current diet, etc.). In order to better understand what to expect from your health and fitness journey, it is important to work with your trainer to develop goals that are realistic, measurable and – perhaps most importantly – compatible with your lifestyle.
If you are willing to commit yourself to an exercise program, several factors come into play in determining when you will see results, and when you will achieve your goals:
- The frequency of exercise: Depending on your goal and your deadline, you may need to commit to a program that has you exercising several times a week or more.
- The level of intensity: Your willingness to push your body to the required threshold is another important factor. Being physically active is great but if your goal is to improve upon something (i.e. strength, weight, etc.) you will need to meet the appropriate intensity level to reach your goal.
- Your ability to stick to a meal/diet plan: Your ability to modify and stick to the right meal plan is important if your goals are related to strength gains, weight loss, weight maintenance, etc.
- The attainability of your goals: Perhaps most importantly, are your goals realistic and attainable when compared to your lifestyle and your genes? Setting a goal that you are unlikely to achieve can be demoralizing and counterproductive.
You may see and feel changes after a few days, weeks or months, but it could take longer to reach your goals. The first step in any case is just to get started!