The hardest part of starting a new fitness regimen is getting started. Once you get over the initial hurdle and get moving, it starts to feel like you’re going downhill.
But even if a regimen is difficult to start, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to produce great results. The proof is in the pudding, as they say.
That’s why we’re going to explore a few ways you can tell whether your new fitness regimen is working. But first, you’ll want to give it some time. Try sticking to your program for at least 4 weeks before you even attempt to evaluate its efficacy.
If you’re starting a new fitness regimen after a long period of inactivity, the first two weeks or so may be the hardest. During this period, your body is undergoing a detox where it’s unloading from all the bad habits you’ve had previously. You’ll want to allow this detox to happen before you evaluate your program.
Now that we’ve established when you should evaluate, let’s figure out whether your new regimen is working. Here are 6 ways you can tell.
You’re seeing a physical change
After about two weeks, you should see a change in your own body. After about 4 weeks, it should be so obvious that other people will begin to notice your transformation.
If you don’t see any change to your body within 4 weeks, your new regimen probably isn’t working for you. You may or may not lose weight, but you should definitely see more muscle tone than you had before.
Take a before photo to help you see the change clearly. If you don’t see any change, it may be time to change your fitness regimen.
You feel stronger
You know you have a good workout when you feel stronger a soon as you’re done. But you can be 100 percent sure that workout is working for you when you just feel generally strong. This may happen after a few weeks of your workout. When you stand from a seated position, you’ll feel the strength in your legs. When you hold a door open, you’ll feel your bicep flex and you’ll feel strong.
You’ll be able to do more
With any new fitness regimen, you’ll have good days and bad ones, but overall, you should be improving. If you’re dead-lifting, you should be able to increase the weight you lift. If you’re running, you should get faster or be able to run further. The type of improvement you see will depend on the workout you choose, but you should see some improvement. If you can’t do more than you could when you started, your fitness regimen isn’t working.
Your confidence will improve
If your fitness regimen is working, your confidence will improve in a few ways. First, you’ll be more confident in your abilities. You’ll find fewer times when you wonder whether you’re capable because you’ll already know.
Your overall confidence will also improve because you’ll feel better about the way you look.
You’ll get more compliments
When you’ve found a fitness regimen that works, other people will notice. Not only will you look like you’re in better shape, but you’ll also radiate a healthy glow.
You’ll enjoy yourself
A workout can provide amazing physical results, but if it’s absolute torture to get through, it’s probably no the right one for you. Maybe it’s something you do for a short period to get quick results, but then you find something more sustainable for the long haul. If you find yourself dreading workouts, it’s time to find another regimen before you get burnt out on fitness entirely.
You’re doing it
The best fitness regimen is the one you do. You can read all the books and have the best intentions, but if you don’t show up, it’s not right.
It’s good to reevaluate your fitness regimen from time to time, but try not to stress over it. If you’re seeing positive change in your body and are finding it relatively easy to stick to, you’re on the right track.