How do you track your progress?

There are so many ways to track your progress aside from just using the scale.

The scale is so limiting in showing you how far you have come. There are many factors that affect this form such as meals filled with sodium, hormonal imbalance and less/more water intake. Changes in training, menstrual cycle, having flu or being constipated can all affect your weight. Don’t let this way of progress tracking send you into a downward spiral of wanting to give up and throw away all consistency.

There are certainly many more tools available to us to track progress so let me give you a few better

The weights you use in the gym.

This is an amazing way of watching your progress. Are you managing to lift more weight every few weeks? Are you managing to increase your volume over time such as more sets of squats over the week? Try keeping a training journal to track this and motivate you through watching your strength grow.

Measurements are vital!

Has your waist shrunk and are all those hip thrusts allowing your glutes to grow? Take a few standard measurements every few weeks, especially if you feel you have some way to go in reaching your goals.

Progress pictures are incredible!

I know so many are hesitant to take progress pictures, but this is honestly such a great way to not only see how far you have come but to keep motivated to achieve more. You never really know how far you have come until you look back. Make sure to use the same stance, same outfit and same lighting every time you take pictures.

Lastly, keeping a journal

Here you can jot down your daily feelings/emotions and sleep cycles. Have you noticed an improvement in how quickly you fall asleep and how you handle stress? Well have a look back on your journal and celebrate these amazing benefits of a regular gym program and healthy eating!

Share with me how you track your progress as I love to learn the different ways you all stick to your goals!

Catch you next week

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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