Written by Denise Hall | Healthy Magazine

Your first week in the gym is spirited by enthusiasm and the belief that this year is going to be different. The second week rolls around and you are for the most part still doing all you can to stick to your new goals, but you’re a little tired from all the extra hard work and wish you had more results to show for your efforts. Somewhere in week three, you give up. This is the crucial moment.

The end of the third week is right when your body is about to make big changes. You need 21 days to establish a new habit and reach the major breakthrough that will keep you on that path. To achieve a lean healthy body, you need the will to stay committed longer than those first two weeks. If you can maintain a healthy habit — eating healthier foods or going to the gym — for 21 days, you will begin to think differently. You will feel lighter, stronger and now have the motivation to keep going for the next 21 days.

The Rubberband Effect:

Your body is similar to a rubber band. If you stretch a rubber band and continue to pull, it will stretch and stretch until it just can’t stretch anymore; it will finally give in and snap. Your body is very comfortable where it is. It quite enjoys the extra weight you have and, just like that rubber band, it will hold on to those extra pounds for as long as it can. If you change the way you’ve been pulling it long enough, it will finally give in. After 21 days of consistent change, you will have made the firm commitment to giving your body what it needs. You need those 21 days to break the cycle to which your body is accustomed. This is how you create a lifestyle.

Change It Up

Don’t do the same thing year after year, because it continues to produce the same results. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to gather the support you need to get to your goals. Hire a trainer to keep you committed and accountable. Not only do you need to stick with your new habit for 21 days to see real change, but you also need to change things up every three weeks. Because your body adjusts to exercise within two weeks, you need to continually alter your habits in order to surprise and challenge your body. You have lots of options for mixing it up, such as adding intervals to your cardio, trying a new class, or introducing new resistance moves. You can also split your workout, completing half in the morning and half in the afternoon. But having a great trainer to support you is invaluable. Your trainer will keep you committed and challenged.All you have to do is show up and your trainer will design the best workouts for your goals. Don’t give up on the gym, yourself or your New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. Stick with it for 21 days and watch your new healthier lifestyle — and body — take over.

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