The first three months of 2012 are practically gone. So now is the time to reevaluate how your health choices have effected you for this year.
Whether you want to lose body fat, lose weight, gain muscle, get stronger, or have more energy, the 12 week bench mark is great to see if you have developed healthy habits, and to see what changes need to be made.
"A healthy fitness program must change," says Jerod Langness with Fitness Origin. "Our bodies are amazing in the way that they adapt to change. You may see results at a faster pace at first, but then slow down after a few weeks. That often can be because your body has adapted to the changes you have made."
As a trainer, Jerod tries to keep his clients' bodies guessing on a regular basis to avoid the potential plateaus. He says a good pattern to keep is to change things every 4 weeks, but that may differ on a client to client basis.
"Adaptations are not just limited to exercise," he says. "You also have to keep track of nutrition and supplementation. As you reach goals, you have to modify nutrition to accommodate who you have become and determine the correct plan to reach your next short term goal."
And it's not about the scale. Sometimes the best measures of your progress are not numbers. Jerod advises we all look at these other areas too:
1. how your clothes are fitting
2. how your energy has improved
3. how you feel
Jerod says, "Healthy habits are what we are after, not quick fixes.
You won't regret giving it your best."
For more with Jerod, check out the Fitness Origin website: http://www.fitnessorigin.com/Home_Page.php
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