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It Depends


Well, the truthful answer is that is depends.

It depends on your starting point. What shape are you in now? What’s your level of fitness?

It depends on the quality and quantity of your exercise program. How much effort you put in. How diligent and disciplined you are.

It depends on what you eat. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Let me repeat that because it bears repeating- You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

It also depends on what your goal is compared to your starting point.


How Do You Define Being In Shape?


Does it mean that you want to be able to run a mile or just walk up a flight of stairs without becoming winded?

Does it mean that you want to take your grandkids to the zoo without having to sit and rest?

Or does it mean that you want to be able to play tennis or racquetball with your friends?

Or bicycle down by the beach?

Or go for a hike?

Maybe you just want to be flexible enough to bend down and pick something up without any ache or pain.


Notice The Changes


Once you begin an exercise program, you’ll notice changes in strength, flexibility, and endurance within the first few weeks. Initially the changes will be on the inside. Give your routine 6-8 weeks to see even more change, change on the outside. As you continue, your initial routine will become too easy and you’ll need to begin upping the intensity.

Remember, this is not a journey with a final destination, where “now you can just sit and take it easy.” This is a life-long trip. And one day we’ll all look back and in the words of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, we’ll say “What a long, strange, trip it’s been.” 😎 


Keep Track Of Your Progress


Seriously though, one thing I can’t emphasize enough is to keep a record of your progress from workout to workout. Keep track of the exercise- the weight, the number of reps, the number of sets, the duration depending on the exercise. This is vital. I can’t tell you how many little notebooks I’ve filled up over the years.

I call it my bible. It’s important for two reasons-

1. As you track your progress from workout to workout, you now have a goal during each session- to beat your results from your last workout. It’s motivating.

2. As you see and feel your progress, you suddenly become more empowered and more confident because you know you’re lookin’ good, you’re feelin’ good, plus you’re getting healthier and more fit with each passing day.


Be the exception.

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