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Getting Fit: How Much Time Does It Take?

By Stephen R. Farris

Change doesn't happen overnight. In some instances it may, but when it comes to transforming your body into better shape it's going to take a little time -- or maybe more than anticipated.

There are a lot of factors involved when it comes to getting in shape. If you've been exercising on a regular basis, then you're probably in pretty decent shape already. But if you're the weekend warrior type or once in a blue moon exerciser, then it may take longer than anticipated. Usually, in the latter case, it may become more of a struggle; regardless, the time and effort you put into getting fit and into shape will reap many rewards, especially where your overall health is concerned.

So what are some of the factors that may take some of us longer than the rest to get fit? Studies show a variety of things are involved, from health issues to how we eat. Another thing to remember, don't fall for the hype of televised commercials that promise you'll be in tip-top shape in a matter of weeks. It simply does not happen and there isn't a little magic pill that can do that. Not by themselves.

No Set Time

Everyone's metabolism works differently. What works for others -- trying to lose weight and get fit -- may not work for you, and what works for you, may not work for them. While there is no set time frame in getting completely fit, you can set goals, or plateaus -- stair steps -- that can help you reach certain levels of your overall goal. Goal setting can help keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Workouts

Let's say there's going to be in a 10K race at the spring festival coming up. You haven't worked out in months. You decide to enter the upcoming race, so you lace up your running shoes and decide to go all out the first day of training. How far did you get? Probably not very far at all. This can be discouraging to say the least. That's why it's important to start off slow so you can build up your endurance. Same thing with exercising. Start slow and increase your reps or pace gradually as you go.

Food

While exercising can help build endurance, stamina, confidence and give you an overall good feeling about yourself, if you're not eating right, then it may take longer than you expect to achieve these things. Combining exercise with a balanced, healthy diet can help speed up the process of getting fit. Make sure you're eating plenty of green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, along with lean cuts of meats, such as chicken, fish or turkey. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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