AT 1 CE!

Welcome to AT1CE!

Looking for fast results for your health and fitness? Trying to lose weight? Tone up? Get fitter, stronger, faster? Do it all at once with at1ce.org!

How long until I Get Fit?

This question is one that most people will ask at one time or another, especially if they are keen to lose weight, tone up, and are working hard to achieve this. We all want to know when we’re going to see results, but unfortunately there is no clean cut figure which we can place on our fitness. We can, however, predict general patterns, though it is important to consider that everyone’s starting level of fitness differs and therefore so will the duration of time it takes to get fit.

Asking how long it will take to "get fit" is a difficult question to answer as it is not quantitative; there is no template to say what is and isn't 'fit'. Results can be seen as little as a few days, but typically it takes a few weeks for your body to adapt to new stimuli, whether that’s diet, training, or both. This is why if you don’t see results in the first week, you shouldn’t feel disheartened.

Typically, the most measurable results follow after a minimum of 6-8 weeks. There is a common saying that it takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing, 8 weeks for friends and family, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world.

The best way to determine how long it will take you to get fit is by setting fitness goals. You can also undertake fitness testing by doing physical fitness tests like a VO2 max test. There are other ways to test your fitness such as the sit and reach test or Astrand treadmill test.

How to get faster at running

There are lots of ways to improve your running speed, so trial and error will definitely be a factor in finding what works best for you. We take a look at four of the most tried and tested ways that are proven to improve your running speed.

Pace Runs

If you're looking to improve your 5k PB, then a pace run is definitely for you. A pace run is a shorter run (of around 20 minutes) where you run at your threshold, a pace where you can't hold a conversation and it feels difficult the entire time while still being doable. You should feel like you're really pushing yourself for the entire duration of the run and you need to stay focused throughout.

Interval Training

Interval training can take many forms, such as HIIT which is high intensity or Fartlek which means 'speed play'. Speed play interval training mixes up the speeds and inclines of a run randomly so that your body can't get used to the workload. This is a great way to improve your overall fitness as your body can't adapt to the stress and therefore has to keep working to improve. HIIT training can be a little more repetitive, such as run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, repeat. Intensity training will really help to improve your overall running speed by improving your fitness and aerobic abilities.

Fitness clothing

Wearing fitness clothing as everyday wear is becoming increasingly popular. So when is it acceptable to wear sports clothes as athleisure wear?

When you need the extra motivation to actually go to the gym.

If you wake up early before work and really don’t feel like training, kitting out in your gym wear can be the deciding factor of whether you go or not. Think “I’ve got the gear on, I’ve got to workout now”. It’s a great motivational tool.

When you are all day active.

If you’re the kind of person that might go for a walk or run on their lunch break, or if you cycle to and from work, then smart activewear is for you. There are designs out there which can take you from office to active so that you can jump at any opportunity to be healthy and active.

What do I need and the barriers to getting fit

Time to start buying some fitness clothing and just getting out there. You can’t go wrong with running. It is free. It burns more calories than most activities per hour. You can really pace it and customised to suit your lifestyle. Just some simple running clothing will only cost a bit compared with most sports. What you wear is time to show off your personality and inspire you to run your best.