Most of us – if not all of us – have impatience when it comes to seeing results from the ‘hard work’ we put in at training. This is such a common phenomenon that it has become a major cause of people plateauing in their fitness regimes, decreasing their workout intensity, or even giving up outright without developing patience. It is important to realize that every individual has their own sense of achievement and cannot be expected to reflect the ‘average’ change in their body and mind after exercising for similar times and at similar intensities. There is no magic formula that will cause visual changes in ‘short’ times.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT PHYSICAL CHANGES
The biggest hurdle in setting any standards or expectations is the sheer lack of desire to practice patience. The body of every individual is a combination of myriad factors which affect the outcome of exercise. However, there are some common starting points that can be considered while gauging the effects of your training.
If you begin with the goal of losing excess body fat, the beginning requires developing patience while you exercise. The reason is that your larger mass will require more energy to overcome inertia, and hence you will burn more calories than a comparatively lighter person. This may cause visual changes in shorter times, but the key is to keep practising patiently and not settle into a laid-back regime. Contrastingly, people with low body fat will not see changes for quite some time since they have close to optimum body shape, which requires more intense workouts to change significantly.
Workout Components and Durations:
The longer and harder your workouts, the more your body burns calories. The level of patience required also depends on your body’s ability to make the changes due to calorie burn apparent. Keeping at it is the best way to develop patience. Making progress one small step at a time will result in giant steps towards better fitness, to paraphrase the first human on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
End Goals and Targets:
Sometimes, some people do not even need to be patient for a week to “see” results. When drastic changes happen on the weight front, the underlying cause is generally the dropping of extra water that your body may have retained. Be wary of the water levels in your body falling below healthy levels! It is a common mistake in impatient people to attribute water loss for ‘getting thinner’. It is only when you gain muscle by converting body fat that the water loss is actually benefiting you. Being patient when body weight fluctuates is of paramount importance.
Gene Composition and Family History:
It is folly to compare your improvements in health and fitness to other people, because they have vastly different genes that guide their metabolisms. It is easy to forego patience and try out drastic measures to achieve your goals. There is a possibility of harming yourself in pushing your body to imitate someone else’s characteristics.
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