Do you find yourself constantly stepping on the scale to see how you are tracking? When you're working towards a fitness goal, it can be really tempting to keep stepping on the scale, but babes — there are MUCH better ways to track your progress!
Whilst the scales can be a useful measure of your overall body weight — the scale does not define your worth, nor does it actually tell us anything about your body composition and overall fitness.
So how should you actually measure your progress? Here are 5 ways to track your progress so you can achieve the results you’ve been dreaming of, without having to step on the scale!
Take progress photos
Taking photos is the BEST way to track your progress without having to look at any numbers! Photos allow you to actually see how your body is changing, whether you are working on slimming down your waist, building your booty, or any other physique goal. By taking photos each week of your LSF program, you will be able to compare how your body changes week by week!
It’s best to take progress photos in a well-lit space, in the same clothes or underwear, posing the same way. Take photos from the front, side, and the back to see how your body changes overall. Need help taking your photos? Set up a tripod or phone mount onto a mirror, and put your photo timer on!
Track improvements in your overall fitness
If you’re trying to reach a physique goal, you will need to monitor how you are progressing with your workouts too! Week by week you should be getting stronger and have more endurance as your body gets fitter.
A great way to track your fitness progress is to note how much weight you are lifting! In order to get results, you need to be progressively overloading your muscles, which means increasing the resistance you lift as you get stronger to keep challenging your muscles.
You can do this by using the ‘log weight’ function for each exercise on the LSF app. This way, you can compare how much you were lifting on week 1 versus week 8. You’ll be surprised to see how much you’ve improved!
Evaluate how you feel
Working out is not just about the physical changes — it’s also about the changes you’ll experience on the inside too! Exercising has SO many positive effects on the rest of your body like boosting mood, increasing energy, improving sleep and decreasing stress levels!
It can be a great idea to write down how you feel on a regular basis. Rate your mood, energy, quality of sleep, and stress levels on a scale of 1-10 to really see those improvements as the weeks go by!
Take body measurements
Unlike the scales which just show overall body weight, body measurements can actually show you how certain parts of your body have changed! Taking measurements of your waist and hips can allow you to see reductions or gains in certain areas that you’re trying to improve.
For example, if you are working towards slimming down your waist and growing your glutes, then you may see your waist measurement decrease and your hip measurement increase as the weeks go by. You can even log your measurements in the LSF app!
Pay attention to how your clothes fit
Want to track your body changes without stepping on the scale? It might be time to pull out your old skinny jeans from the back of your wardrobe! Paying attention to how your clothes fit is a great way to assess how your body is changing.
You may find that certain clothing fits better, feels more comfortable, or you may even just feel more confident in your clothes! These are all important changes that you can take a mental note of when you are tracking your progress!
There are so many ways to track the positive effects that training and good nutrition have on your body — so babes, don’t just rely on the scale to track your progress! When you start monitoring your progress in other ways, you will see just how much you have improved on the outside and inside.
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