iStock_000006737803LargeSummer is three months away –  that’s exactly how long it takes to really change how your body looks. And most of us end up going on holiday wishing we had sone something about it. Well now you can… there’s time!

The saying goes… ‘it takes four weeks for you to notice a change in your body, 8 weeks for your family and friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world” — well, it’s true.  While you can still achieve results in 60 days (aka if you start working out after New Years), 90 days is the threshold used by bodybuilders and fighters when they go “in training.”

Here are 3 ways to make sure you get the most out of the next 90 days.

1)  Get inspired

There are so many ways to get inspired these days.  Think about your poor grandmother who had to rely on internal motivation to get things done.  Now you can watch YouTube videos, read fitness/motivational books, go be part of an inspiring group fitness class, listen to motivational music, etc. Find an exercise that you like. This really helps. We like this one from Highland Hustle – a fitness regime based on Highland Dancing.

Gillian Urquhart, founder of Highland Hustle

2)  Get knowledge

If you’re going to put in hard work for three months, it better be in the right places.  Doing pushups, squats, and situps every day will definitely get you results, but not nearly the results you could get if you were working out smarter.

“The Skinny Rules” by Bob Harper (my sister was the first to show me this book, I love it for its simplicity and practicality – he gives you 20 “rules” that will help you lose weight and keep it off.

3) Get to work

Vivimoss_Gym_280514_156Now that you’re inspired and you know what to do, DO IT.

Start by making a plan.  You’ll want to plan ahead so you make the most out of each workout, each day.  When creating your plan, the most important thing to keep in mind is how you are going to change things up.  To do this, use the FITT method:

F = Frequency – how often will you workout?

I = Intensity – how hard will you push yourself?

T = Type – what exercises will you use?

T = Time – how long will you exercise?

When creating your plan, make sure to change these variables often to keep your muscles guessing and get faster results.  Here is an example workout plan I created, one that is reasonable, safe, and effective for most collegiate women: