Reaching and maintaining fitness goals becomes a different game altogether if you effectively track your progress. There are many ways to do this, but this week we’d like to take a look at the scale versus measurements. Here are the pros and cons of each.
Before weighing the options, it’s necessary to understand why keeping a close eye on results is such a good habit. The most obvious reason may be that it allows you to stay aware of whether or not certain improvements need to be made in your fitness plan. However, it also has a deeper effect psychologically, as it allows you to sustain a friendly sense of competition with yourself, strengthening your motivation. It’s important to think of tracking results as a source of encouragement rather than discouragement. Using it as a positive force in your approach to diet and exercise will certainly take you far.
When it comes to scales, using a starting number as a baseline indicator can be a convenient and immediate way to get a general sense of where you are in relation to your goal. It’s more about the change between numbers than the numbers themselves. However, on the whole, a scale is more prone to be a source of frustration. This is because a number indicating your total weight is not the same thing as detailed information on your proportion of fat to lean muscle. As a result, you could be doing great, but will see an upsetting number because of your muscle mass, water weight, and other factors.
One downside to taking measurements is that it seems less convenient than simply standing on a scale and having a look at the number. This may be true, but you’re actually getting much more useful information for just a few extra moments. Using a tape measure to assess your figure will give you a relevant and meaningful representation of how well you’re doing. Neck, chest, waist, hips, biceps, and thighs are all important places to look. As we mentioned in our blog on scales, you can also use the fitting of certain clothing items as an indicator. Just be sure to keep yourself in the habit of tracking progress and it will pay off in a big way!
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