Measuring Fitness Results
When it comes to fitness success, we’ve seen it all. Some people come to us because they want to lose weight. Others want to look better in their clothes, while someone else might want to get stronger. It seems like everyone has different goals when it comes to getting fit. That’s actually great, because there is more than one way to track fitness results. The trick is to find the method of measuring fitness success that works best for you. Here are four different ways that you can measure your fitness results.
1. Weighing Yourself
Studies show that 30% of women dread weighing themselves. For many people, this is the default method for measuring whether or not their workout and dieting plan is working. Using the scale can be effective, but it also can be misleading. That’s because most scales are only capable of telling you how much your body weighs, rather than measuring how fit it is. For instance, if you start exercising regularly and eating more nutritious meals, you may lose some fat, but you also may begin gaining muscle. This means that the scale may not budge much in the downward direction. Frustratingly, it may even begin to creep upwards, but this doesn’t indicate that your training plan isn’t succeeding. It merely means that you’re gaining lean muscle mass. If you feel good and your energy levels are increasing, it doesn’t really matter what the scale says.
2. Measuring Yourself
An old-fashioned tape measure can help you track your progress. Most people use it to record the circumference of their waist, hips, thighs and upper arms to determine whether or not they have lost fat. This can be a fairly accurate technique if it is done carefully. This means having to take the measurements at precisely the same part of the body each time, and performing the measurements at the same time each week. Accordingly, there is plenty of room for human error.
3. Tracking Workouts
This can be one of the most satisfying ways to track your fitness progress. Essentially, it involves the use of a small notebook where you keep track of how many reps and sets you perform in each workout. Your records should also include what weight you used for each exercise. Notes regarding your cardiovascular training, such as duration and intensity, are similarly helpful. As you look back through the previous weeks, you’ll see how far you’ve come, and that provides tremendous motivation.
4. Tracking Calories
Unless the calories that you burn exceed the calories that you consume, you won’t be able to lose weight. If you want to see if you’re eating too many calories, then it will be necessary for you to keep track of every calorie you consume and how many you burn. This effort requires enormous dedication and it’s not an exact science. Numerous books, apps and websites can help you to determine the average number of calories in various foods and how many calories certain activities burn. While this measurement method can be successful in the short run, it is difficult to maintain on a long-term basis.
All of these measurements of fitness success are somewhat flawed and imprecise. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can’t track your progress and use that progress to keep your motivation high. In fact, that’s exactly what our comprehensive Wellness Program is designed to help you do. The cornerstone of the program is the Wellness Evaluation, in which we use a full battery of tests and measurements to figure out where you are right now. Then, we help you create goals that define where you want to be. Most importantly, we create a fully customized workout plan that’s just for you.
Thanks to the My House Fitness Wellness Evaluation, more people are able to meet their fitness goals. By making your training time more efficient and effective, you’ll see results that you only dreamed about before. Find a My House Fitness location near you to learn more.