How to Track Your Fitness Progress
Tracking your fitness progress is a very hot topic in the fitness world, but also one that many people tend to ignore because they don’t want to face the facts or may feel like the path to that ultimate goal is too long and hard. Getting fit and healthy is a tough long process, no one is denying that! And, tracking your fitness progress IS actually a good thing because you can see your vast improvements (even if it is months later) and it WILL help keep you on the right path to that ultimate goal. Below are some tidbits on just how to track your fitness progress:
Grab that Note Pad
Those that are successful in meeting goals typically have their goals and progress against them written down. It is no different for fitness goals, so grab that note pad and pen and keep track of your workouts, the sets, repetitions, and even the weights you use. When you first start your journey, you may only be able to curl a 5 pound dumbbell and increasing to 10 pounds seems like a unsurmountable task. Well, six months later, after some hard work and patience, you grab the 15 pound dumbbell and easily complete the repetition. At this point, you may not recall that day in the studio where you thought you could never get to 10 pounds, much less 15 pounds! If you have your progress documented, you will clearly see your improvements which will give you that drive and motivation to keep going, to keep pushing even on that hard when you may not want feel like hitting the workout. Trust us, tracking that progress will be so worth it months and even weeks down the road!
Be Selective on What and When you Track
As mentioned earlier, tracking the specifics of your work out is very important and we recommend that no matter the goal. However, if you your goal is to see physical changes in your body, such as weight loss or toning, we want to caution that you do not obsess over the scale. We all know muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are putting in some solid workouts, you will convert fat to muscle and may actually see your weight go up! So, you can’t let that discourage you. If your clothes are feeling loose, that is the best sign that you are doing something right in the studio and with your nutrition. For those that still want to monitor their progress, below are some tips:
Limit how often you weigh yourself or take measurements. Please do not do this daily! Weekly or even monthly is better! Pick the same day of the week or the month.
Weigh yourself right after you wake up before getting dressed or eating.
Make sure any measurements are always taken in the exact same location each time.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Everyone is critical of their own pictures, but they definitely help track your progress! Try taking a picture the same time every month, same angle, same lighting and wearing the same clothes. This is one of the most proven ways to keep track of progress because the scale does not take muscle mass, fat percentage, and many other things into consideration. Just as your clothes starting to feel lose, taking progression pictures allow you to compare and see the obvious progress right in front of your eyes.
Tracking your fitness progress isn’t something you HAVE to do, but it can be a good tool and will keep you accountable and motivated. At My House Fitness of Allen, we want to help you find the best way to keep track of your progress and make sure you achieve those fitness goals! You got this!!