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Stop Waiting for your Diet or Exercise Program to Work

 

I fully admit it, I’m one of those typical Americans that wants things fast, cheap and high quality.

That’s why I love my Kindle. I can get books much faster and cheaper than if I went to the book store and bought the physical version.

Despite the love of fast results I always believed that results take a long time in fitness. I believed that it took months or even years to see results from a workout program.

I was always told to expect the results to come slowly, and that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Unfortunately this mentality held me back for years.
The reason why waiting for results can hold you back is because it makes it more difficult to know if something is working for you or not. When I was waiting for my results I was practicing exercise methods that were doing jack squat. But I kept on thinking that I just had to be patient so I stayed with the ineffective routines.

Here’s what I now believe:

I believe you shouldn’t have to wait very long for results. I believe you should get some sort of positive feedback within 24-48 hours of doing something that works. If something doesn’t produce any noticeable results in a month or two, it means your method is not working.

That’s the reason why I created the Score Board. It shows progress (even in small amounts) on a daily and weekly basis.

I now fully expect each workout I do to advance my fitness. I expect to be further along by the end of my workout tonight than I am right now.

It is possible to bring about noticeable positive results in a short period of time.

So don’t fall for the whole “results take time” B.S. Sure big results take time, but you shouldn’t have to wait weeks or months to get something for your efforts.

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  1. angela.laurie@bigpond.com

    Matt and Others

    Totally agree with using your own bests to see how you are going in regards to specific exercises/routines. The only thing I would add is that I have an ‘on-going’ average aspect to this. How close I performed to ‘my best’ (after any workout) is important too. As long as it is a reasonable amount I accept that. Especially if I was able to achieve that result with less effort/pain during or less fatigue afterwards. Knowing I get the results I have been getting if I did what I have been doing provides a warm, stress free feeling to one self- I leave ‘breaking a best’ for intuitive moments in my week/month :-)

    I do have a physiological type questions for you (your followers)

    I find that after I do: upper body movements such as push-ups, straight arm planks, free weight static holds and movements and boxing (just to name a few), I ‘feel’ results pretty much immediately (in the form of my breathing and firmness around the shoulders/arms/chest) and I feel ‘strong’. In fact most of the times I feel a ‘little tired’, I can do some/all of these moves to varying degrees of intensity/time and I still get a positive response instantly. I won’t stop doing them because of this but hearing your opinion/thoughts would be helpful.

    My Questions are these: Does this description make sense? Is it something that is common? Why might these exercises be having such an immediate effect?

    Laurie

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      Makes total sense there Laurie.

      The feelings your experiencing are of course normal and to be expected. They are due to a number of factors but are typical thought of some sort of mind-body connection. I’m a believer in the muscle body connection with these feelings because they are typically felt in muscles that are easy to see and invasion during the workout. Muscles in the back and around the joints are harder to bring these experiences to because (I believe) they are more out of sight and out of mind.

      1. angela.laurie@bigpond.com

        Matt,

        I forgot to mention that the best part of the whole mind-body connection when performing the upper body moves (from my personal experience) is that I don’t feel as hungry. I don’t plan to skip meals but if I delay the odd meal because I am not hungry, then over the period of a month, it works out that I probably ‘miss’ 5-10 meals. I also use these types of routines (which focus much more on technique) as a ‘low intensity recovery session’ when I am not feeling up for a medium/high ‘blast’. In addition (yes there are many benefits for me) I find that they are great workouts when:

        (a) the weather is kinda ‘off’.
        (b) my usual workout areas are unavailable.
        (c) I have some spare time.
        (d) I know I won’t be able to do them in the afternoon at my usual time.
        (e) I want a workout which reduces stress- reconnecting my mind-body.

        While the first part to my response was learned by myself, the true power of ‘program’ (points a-e) have been learned, experienced and confirmed as a result of you. Thanks again for your ongoing support!

        If you are ever (or considering) coming Down-Unda ;-)
        Laurie

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