Guess what? You can improve your health and change your life. And all it takes is 12 weeks.

If 12 weeks seems like a big commitment to you, you need to take a good, hard look at your priorities.

Let’s say the average person lives for 75 years. At 52 weeks in a year, that’s a lifespan of 3,900 weeks. Which makes 12 weeks only 0.3 percent of your entire life.

0.3 percent! That’s nothing.

Surely you can eat healthfully and exercise for 0.3 percent of your life. It’s a sliver of time in the grand scheme of things. But it can be massively significant in terms of your lifelong health.

So block off the next 12 weeks for a body transformation. And use the following three guidelines to get a huge return on this investment of time:

1. Plan out three four-week workouts. Each workout should be slightly different.

2. Every Sunday, plan your meals for the week, do your shopping, and prepare as much of that food as possible.

3. Use an online weight-loss club or message forum to get the social support you need to stay on track.

[Ed. Note: Make a promise to yourself right now that you’ll focus on your health for the next 12 weeks. And if you want a top-notch fitness program that can help you burn fat and build muscle, check out Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training program.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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