How to measure your fitness success

August 24 2015

We usually start to exercise with an end goal in mind. Whether it’s to lose weight, improve our fitness or to tone up our bodies, we definitely want that hard work to translate into results. But it’s important to see your progress when you exercise; if you’re at the gym, swimming or on the bike, you want to know all your hard work is worth it.

So, how can you see your fitness progress in the clearest possible ways? Alice Judge-Talbot from More Than Toast has the answers for you! Read on and see how you can measure all that effort…

Circumference measurements

As you put on heavy muscle mass when your fitness increases, circumference measurements can show a more accurate picture of your improving fitness. Good parts to measure are waist, hips, thigh and chest.

Take a picture

This can be the most pleasing way to track your fitness success. Wearing underwear or a bikini, stand square-on in front of a mirror and snap a selfie. Turn to the side and do the same. Put it in a folder on your phone or computer, don’t show it to anyone and repeat the process once a week. You’ll see your visual progress in no time at all!

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Track your calories

Do you know how many calories you eat on a daily basis? I find that when I’m working out I’m much more motivated to keep an eye on what I’m eating and therefore way more likely to make healthier choices. This can help your all-round fitness journey and you can track the food you eat using an easy app like My Fitness Pal, which is also great at helping you to track your macros (i.e. Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins).<!--newcol-->

Track your BMI

If you’re trying to lose weight, getting on the scales is an obvious place to start. Measuring your BMI calculates your body fat based on height and weight. By entering your statistics into an online calculator you‘ll be given a number and put into one of four categories: underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. However, BMI isn’t the most accurate method as it can’t distinguish between fat and muscle and tips some toned people into the overweight category, even if their fat levels are low.

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Record your workouts

It’s advisable to start your fitness journey with advice from a professional who‘ll give you goals relative to your current physical state. It’s important to record your workouts each week so you can see exactly what is and isn’t working for you, and to show your progress in terms of strength and endurance. It’s really satisfying to see the number of press-ups you can do go up, up and up!

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Do you need to go shopping?

Your jeans getting loose will be one of the first signs of fitness success! Make sure you treat yourself to celebrate and feel pleased with yourself each time you can take your belt in another notch.

How do you measure your fitness success?