How Long Does It Take To See Results From Working Out (And Why)?

How Long Does It Take To See Results From Working Out (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 3 To 6 Months

Exercising is mainly about doing some sort of physical activity which would normally include the participation of as many muscles or other active participation of body parts as possible. Exercising is done majorly for two purposes, that is, to maintain physical fitness or to improve physical fitness.

Exercising has many and maybe uncountable benefits other than the primary reason, that is physical fitness. Doing exercises regularly improves muscular strength, develops the cardiovascular system, improves immunity, tones the body by equalizing muscle to fat ratio, improves overall wellness, and also results in improved mental health as well.

With the unlimited benefits of exercising, it becomes quite important for every person to work out daily. However, the time to see results from working out can vary from situation to situation.


How Long Does It Take To See Results From Working Out?

Type Of ExerciseTime
Balance exercises2 to 3 months
Aerobic workout4 to 8 months
Strengthening workout1 to 2 years

If you are any person who just wants to maintain good physical fitness, then on average, it will take about 2 to 3 months to gain a physically fit and toned body. However, if you are someone who wants to maintain the same fitness level then you will have to exercise daily. Doing such exercises to achieve this goal are known as balance exercises. You can easily achieve this goal by doing nominal workouts in the gym or jogging or even working out at home by yourself.

If your fitness goal is to lose weight then it will take around 4 to 8 months to see effective results. However, it also depends on your current health condition. For example, if you are not too physically unfit then, you can either do simple workouts or can also reduce the time duration of working out. However, if you are someone who is obese or quite physically unfit, then the time it can take up to even a year to see expected results. 

If you want to gain muscular fitness or want to develop biceps, or triceps, or abs, or if you have any similar goals then you will have to work out the longest duration of time to see expected results. For these goals, it will take you approximately 1 to 2 years to see effective results.

Why Does It Take That Long To See Results From Working Out?

The major things that determine the time it will take you to see results from working out should be considered on what are your fitness goals and what is your current health status. Three major goals of physical fitness and working out are normally just simply to maintain good health, lose weight, or gain extreme muscular development.

Working out to maintain good health is to make the body fit, and all that is needed is to keep the body and muscles active enough to do their functions effectively without any fatigue. If the muscles are habitual to doing physical exercises then they will actively perform their functions and would take up nutrients from your nutrition intake and thus lead to a fit body. Thus it takes less time to see results from working out if you are doing balance exercises.

However, if you want to do an aerobic workout, which means working out to lose weight then it will take longer than a balanced workout to see expected results. The reason behind that is because in the aerobic workout you have to do enough active exercise to make your body parts lose weight and perform more catabolic activities. 

Lastly, a strengthening workout takes the longest to show expected results because, in this type of workout, the person is supposed to do enough exercises to increase the heart rate. As the heart rate increases, it will pump more blood and nutrients, majorly protein, to your muscles which will result in increased muscle fitness.


Having a look at today’s lifestyle, it gets really important to work out every day and with a proper routine while looking at today’s lifestyle. Depending upon your goal, age, gender, and other such factors, you can know how long it will take you to see results from working out. On average, it is good to work out at least 30 to 45 minutes every day, with this count, you can see 25% of the results from working out within 3 to 6 months only.


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