This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to your fitness and health. "So how long will it take ...?" Of course we all want to know how long before we can transform our bodies and wear that polka dotted bikini or European speedo, maybe not exactly your choice of swimwear but transforming your body will make you look good in anything you wear.
The most realistic answer that can be given via a health and fitness article, without evaluating an individual's fitness level and starting point, is that progress will be linked directly to the level of effort put in ... PERIOD. Generally speaking, it takes the average American about six weeks of consistent and efficient work outs (4-5 days a week) and providing the body with what it really wants — healthy and nutritious food, to see good results.
Now with that said, getting healthy and fit is a life long journey, not a get on and get off amusement park ride. If you're really serious about getting healthy and fit, then it is absolutely vital to self educate on the basics of training and nutrition for your specific health and fitness goals. No matter what the individual's starting point, it will be a challenging but rewarding process — embrace it. Focus on the journey and the little workout by workout victories and you'll actually learn to start enjoying health and fitness for what it should truly be ... an important part of your life. It's also important to remember how working out and being active makes you feel physically, how it transcends over in to your daily life, and how it improves your health — looking good is just an extra bonus!
There are no shortcuts and once realized, half the battle is won. Getting the body you want will take some time and effort and there will always be room for improvements and new health and fitness goals but remember the journey is much more rewarding. So the next time you catch yourself wondering how long will it take to reach your fitness and health goals, don't sweat it, the adventure is life-long. Enjoy the ride and all the mini victories along the way.