Track your progress, with or without the scale!
Many of us want to get or stay in shape, and often go straight to the scale for tracking. If you would like to use a scale there are a few things to remember, we’ve also listed some great ways to track your progress that don’t require a scale. Keep reading to find out more!
Things to remember when using a scale.
Weight fluctuates – Our weight can fluctuate up to 5lbs. throughout the day due to food we’ve eaten, water retention, difficult workouts, and even bowel movements.
Weight does not define health – Weight is often seen as the be all end all when it comes to health and our progress, while it can play a part there are many different factors at play. Looking at just our weight does not show our internal health, and doesn’t show if we are losing fat, or gaining muscle. Be kind to yourself, and remember weight is just a number.
Be consistent – When using a scale remember to be consistent, this doesn’t mean you need to weigh yourself daily. To be consistent consider weighing yourself at a similar time of day, and always use the same scale. While scales aren’t always 100% accurate, using the same scale will give you a consistent reading.
Alternative ways to track progress.
Take measurements – Takings measurements can help to show you where you’ve lost or gained inches! If you’d like to take measurements below are landmarks to follow:
· Upper arm – Measure the circumference halfway between the shoulder and elbow.
· Waist – Measure the circumference of the smallest part of the waist – this is usually just above your belly button, but below the ribs.
· Hips – Measure the circumference of the largest part of the hips and buttocks.
· Thighs – Measure the circumference halfway between the hip and knee.
Progress photos – Taking progress photos is a great way to physically see the changes in your body.
Daily activity – Tracking daily activity such as steps and workouts is a great way to track progress with your fitness.
Journal – Journaling can be very beneficial to track progress with energy levels, confidence, mood, and all things health and fitness.
If you have questions on ways to track your progress, contact one of our Health & Fitness professionals today at firstname.lastname@example.org