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How Long Does it Take to Get in Shape

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule Oct 16, 2018
This is the question that plagues most of the women who yearn to get a fit body. Read on to know more about which fitness techniques can help you to get in shape fast.
How often do you look at your own picture in your twenties and then look in the mirror, only to find the person staring back at you bears no resemblance to the one in the picture.
This happens with most of the women in their forties or fifties. A woman's body undergoes several changes throughout her life, onset of menses, pregnancy, menopause all have lasting effects on her body.
However, you often don't have time to look at these subtle changes, as you are too busy running the errands of life or raising children. It is not until your forties that you realize how your body has changed. Many women wrongly think that it's the end of their world and go into a depressive state.
However, there are others, who'll go to any lengths to get back in shape. If you belong to the second group, then this write-up is for you. Learn how long does it take to get in shape with different fitness techniques.


Running is the best form of exercise that we know of. It helps you not only to remain fit, but also lose weight. The time that one might take to get in shape by running, varies largely and depends upon the individual's overall health and the correct technique of running.
Instead of running throughout the routine, if you combine it with alternate sessions of running and brisk walking, you might benefit more. Generally, the effects of running can be noticed within a month, provided you run regularly. However, it might take six months to one year to get back in shape and more, if you have too many pounds to lose.


The aim of yoga is not to attain weight loss. It helps you to attain a mental and physical balance. The basic objective of yoga is to help an individual lead a very healthy lifestyle.
Nonetheless, you can still achieve a great body by regularly practicing yoga. However, you'll have to choose the right asanas (yoga poses) depending upon your problem areas. The amount of time that you'll take to get back in shape with yoga extensively depends upon your choice of asanas and the duration for which you are performing them.

Working Out in the Gym

Working out in the gym is considered as one of the fastest ways of getting back in shape. Many celebrities who have to shed pounds in less time, opt for this technique.
Your gym instructor may be able to guide you by analyzing the problem areas and suggest a proper work out routine for you. However, once you attain a desired figure, do not discontinue your fitness regimen, else you'll go back to your old shape.

Getting Back in Shape After Rest Period

Many a times, certain circumstances such as pregnancy or injury forces you to have prolonged periods of rest. Lack of activity often makes you put on extra weight. When you regain your normal routine, the gained pounds become very difficult to lose.
Getting back in shape after pregnancy is a slow process and may take several months. It is recommended that you take things at slower pace as crash diets or exhausting exercise routines may adversely affect your health.
On the other hand if you had been a fit and lean person, prior to your rest period due to injury, you can get back into shape within weeks after starting the normal routine.
You must have realized that the technique you adopt to get back in shape and your individual size matter a lot in deciding the time you will need to get back in the desired shape. It is also important to couple your exercise routine with proper diet and nutrition.
You should constantly motivate yourself and not lose hope even if you don't achieve the desired results in stipulated time.