The second month of the year has just started and many have forgotten about their new year goals. Or they’ve cheated on them by making excuses not to actually do it. Are you one of them? Fitness is probably the biggest goal being set at the start of a new year. It’s a common resolution yet many fail to accomplish it. If there’s one thing many people struggle with, it’s fitness.
Learn to set a realistic and achievable fitness goal. It needs to be specific in order for you to work towards it. There are many ways to keep track of your goal and how you do it depends on what works for you. For example, standing on a scale will only show your weight and not how healthy you are. So you have to use more than just that one measuring tool.
What’s your measurement for success on your fitness goal? What exactly is it you want to achieve? The reasons you have to take measurements is to come up with meaningful data you can act on. You’ll also know whether you need to take certain steps to keep you on the right path. The measuring method you choose should relate to the goals you’ve set to achieve. If you’re trying to lose weight or to workout on a daily basis, measuring yourself can really help. Remember, it’s not just about working out and getting results, you should make it an enjoyable experience.
How do you know you’re making progress with time spent in the gym? Here are four ways you can keep track of your exercising goal.
Write everything down
This might sound like an older route to take but it still works like a bomb. If you write your measurements down, you won’t forget it and can go back to look at it. You’ll also be able to see your progress, whether you’ve gained weight or lost some. If you’re serious about getting into shape then you’ll take this measurement seriously. Try to work out a plan on how you’re going to measure yourself and when. Perhaps you can do it on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Keeping track of your progress is key and seeing which diets and workout programs are best for you and which ones are not.
Check your weight with a scale
The first thing you should invest in when you’re planning to lose weight is a scale. This is the easiest and most convenient way to check whether you’ve lost or gained weight. However, note that there will be a few minor changes from day to day but it won’t necessarily affect your end goal. If your main aim is to lose a lot of weight, then working hard towards it and making use of this machine will help. If the weight on the scale keeps going down then it’s a good sign. Remember, the scale won’t lie. However, if you’re planning to gain muscles then problems might occur. You might not know whether you’re gaining muscles or fat.
Joining a club
By joining a group of people with the same goals and fitness viewpoint is another measuring tool. They’ll keep you on track with your fitness and ensure goals are met. It doesn’t matter what kind of club it is, as long as it’s fitness related. Perhaps you can join a walking, running or cycling club. If you don’t own a bike, no problem, there are always cycles on sale from CWC at affordable prices. If you want to be successful and achieve your fitness goal then you’ll do everything you can to make it work. There are many local running and cycling clubs available for people looking to improve their cycling skills, track their fitness goal or just make friends.
Install an application
In today’s world, downloading a fitness application will probably be the easiest method to go with. Everyone these days either has a smartphone or tablet. Mobile apps are ideal to check health, fitness and weight loss. The best thing about an app is you carry it everywhere with you, making it easier for you to track your measurements wherever you are. Maintaining fitness requires daily habits and lifestyle changes and pressing a few buttons on your mobile phone might make the difference. You can log your daily workouts, check your calories and even count your steps on a fitness app. Some apps can also put you in contact with a personal trainer.
The more people who know you’re exercising, the better. They’ll be able to help you where needed, even if it’s just through motivation. Exercising should be challenging, if not then it isn’t changing you. And remember to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. You don’t want to wake up every day and drag yourself to train.