Is the number on your scale a good enough measure of your fitness levels? You may think of it as a definite marker of your fitness levels, but all it really measures is your body weight. So, while shedding (or gaining) pounds may mean you're on the right track, they’re not the only metric by which you should track fitness progress.
Staying fit is essential, and tracking your workout progress by the numbers on your scale can feel validating. But how do you know whether all the workout routines and fitness classes are helping you to optimize your health?
Even if you’re focusing on weight loss or muscle building specifically, you can look beyond the scale to see whether you’re losing or gaining the muscle mass you desire. There are countless ways to measure improved fitness, from wearable technology to smartphone activity trackers. There's something for everyone here.
Read on to find out about eight essential ways to stay on top of your game, whether you're focusing on weight loss, weight gain, or muscle-building goals.
Body measurements can be a great way to track your progress. Tracking your body composition goals with basic measurements to see if you are decreasing or increasing inches in specific areas of the body may help you determine more about your fitness routine's efficacy.
Your weight can fluctuate throughout the day depending on factors other than exercise, including your hydration status, stress levels, and bowel movements. Using a tape measure can keep an eye on those fluctuations as well. Also, remember that muscle weighs more than fat'; and you may lose fat and gain muscle simultaneously. So if you’re working towards a fat loss goal, you may see the number go up on the scale, but may still be progressing towards your goal of decreasing fat mass.
Getting to your ideal body weight is challenging regardless of your current fitness levels and body composition. So, you should be proud of yourself for setting fitness goals to begin with. Taking progress photos can help keep you motivated during a weight loss or muscle-building journey. You can keep these photos for yourself or share them on a new social media page to help inspire others (and keep yourself inspired along the way).
Research has shown that sharing your fitness progress on social media may help people stay motivated to reach their goals. Whether you're a beginner or you've been at it for a while, taking photos can be a great way to track your progress and stay motivated.
Have you ever wondered what RM (rep-max) weight loss (or gain) method is best for you? RM measures the number of reps that you can “comfortably” complete in a specific lifting exercise.
It's essential to know your RM (rep-max) for each weightlifting exercise when you begin your fitness journey and set goals, especially if you’re focusing on strength training. It will help you create the best workout routine possible to achieve your goals without delay.
If you're trying to squeeze in a workout somewhere in between a hectic schedule, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to track your progress. That's where a workout journal can come in handy.
Workout journals are an excellent way to track all your fitness goals, from weight loss and muscle gain to endurance levels and overall fitness. By tracking all your physical activity, you'll see how far you've come and how much farther you may have left to go.
You may be surprised to learn that the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a good indicator of overall health and fitness. This ratio can help you determine if you have too much fat around your middle. In fact, studies have shown that people with a WHR of 0.8 or below have a lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
So how do you determine your WHR? It's simple—measure the circumference of your waist and hips, then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement.
While there are many different ways to track your fitness progress and set healthy lifestyle goals for yourself, who better to measure your fitness levels than a professional? A personal trainer can help you get on the right track when it comes to your workouts, but if you want to make sure you’re fit and healthy overall, it’s best to visit a doctor.
Don’t miss your annual checkup! Get a physical regularly to ensure that you’re on track with your fitness goals, check overall health and wellness, and identify areas that may need improvement.
Keeping track of your blood pressure is an important aspect of staying healthy, especially if you're trying to get fit. High blood pressure can be a serious health problem, but it's often easy to treat if you catch it early.
Fitness can often help you lower your blood pressure. Fitness professionals recommend checking your blood pressure at least once a month and more often if you have any other health conditions like diabetes, kidney, or heart disease. Incorporating it into your routine will help you ensure you don’t forget—there’s no harm doing it more often!
Almost everyone has a Fitbit or an Apple watch or some health tech strapped to their wrist, so this one isn’t a surprise. As technology advances, gadgets like smartwatches and fitness trackers become more popular and sophisticated.
While some people may view these devices as unnecessary gadgets, there are many valuable benefits to using them for fitness. Fitness trackers and smartwatches can help you monitor your activity levels, heart rate, calorie burn, and more. They can help you stay on track with your fitness goals and get the most out of your workouts.
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