6 things that happen when you start working out

Spoiler: bigger biceps isn’t mentioned

Andreas Westerlund
4 min readJul 30, 2022


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Everyone who ever has started going to the gym knows the feeling you get after a while when you start seeing some results. Besides feeling bigger and stronger, there are a bunch of other things that happen to you. The list is endless, but these are my top 6 that stand out the most. Keep in mind that everyone reacts and experiences things differently, so not everyone is guaranteed to experience the same things. And don’t expect to experience these things immediately, you need to put in hard work over a long period of time.

1. You start eating better

After a while, as you start feeling stronger and maybe even see some muscles, you get excited and start wondering what else you can do to feel even stronger and see even more results. Maybe you start learning more about “fitness”, and end up reading about macros and different foods & food sources. You start trying different things. Most jump on the classic bodybuilder “chicken and rice” train, which is a great start(in a way). After a while you understand that you need to eat more vegetables as well, so you start incorporating that into your diet. And this circle of trying and improving continues.

The point here is not about dieting or only eating salad, it’s about understanding e.g. that you don’t get the needed energy to train or enough protein to recover and build muscles from bad foods.

2. You start sleeping better

Continuing on the previous point, as you start seeing results you start thinking about other things that can help you progress. Again, as you are studying “fitness”, you read about how important recovery is and that sleep is number one when it comes to recovery. So you start making sure you sleep enough.

Besides that, your sleep actually gets better as well. Because you have done something, your body gets tired and makes it easier to fall asleep and you have better quality sleep.

3. You start taking better care of yourself

You have been consistent for a while, you have lost some weight and the muscle definitions are starting to show. One day you look in…



Andreas Westerlund

Endurance athlete, digital nomad, nerd. Just a normal guy trying to figure out fitness, business, and life. https://www.andreaswesterlund.com