Gone are the days where the only way to track your fitness progress comes from the scales. It’s time to take a jump into the 21st century and understand that there are so many more effective ways to track your progress.
Some of these might come as a surprise to you, some you might already know and some may seem a little strange. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it so lets get going and show you some of the best ways to track your fitness progress.
1. The good old-fashioned tape measure
The tape measure is a great way of tracking weight loss or muscular gain progress. The thing is, if you are on a weight loss mission and you are training hard the scales wont always go down because you are also building new muscle. Muscle is a dense tissue and it’s heavier than fat. You may have lost weight but the scales say you haven’t. This is why you need to get the tape measure out to measure those lost inches!
2. Take progress photos
Taking photos is the best way to see visually your progress, especially if shaping up is your goal. If you are doing a transformation then ensure you take photos of yourself before you embark upon your journey. Next, take photos of yourself in the same position every couple of weeks then you can compare them. It’s an extremely rewarding way to monitor your progress.
3. Body fat scales and calipers
You can invest in some body fat scales to measure your levels of body fat. These usually strange-looking devices track your body fat levels through a gentle, electrical current either though your upper body or lower body. Callipers are also another good way to measure body fat levels, as these are a simple way to measure your skin folds.
4. Measure your VO2 Max
Are you training for a specific event? Do you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness? If this is the case then using the VO2 Max is a great way to track your progress to see if you’re improving.
So what exactly is the VO2 Max and what does it mean? It refers to the maximum or optimum rate at which your heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise, used as a way of measuring a person’s individual aerobic capacity.
The more you train, the better your VO2 max result will be. This score is usually improved via regular CV activity and resistance training. It’s also important to include plenty of iron in your diet and of course adopt a healthy eating regime.
5. Get your blood glucose and cholesterol checked
A professional usually does this by the means of obtaining a small droplet of blood from your finger. An unhealthy person might have very high readings on both which would indicate their eating and exercise regime could be much better. High bloody glucose can signify excess weight as can high cholesterol.
If your readings come back higher than you’d like you can take active steps to improve these by adopting more clean eating habits and a more exercise regime. When your results are better the next time you have these readings done, you will have tracked and successfully improved your fitness levels.
6. Wearable technology
The great thing about modern day technology is the fact you can track your progress all the time. There are such a huge variety of devices on the market such as fit bits and tracker watches all with different price tags. You can also get some amazing apps on your phone too.
The great thing about all these gadgets is that they can track your fitness progress in ways you could never imagine. You can set yourself goals, record your calories, monitor your steps and activity, and check your heart rates to name but a few. These advances in technology mean you can keep better track of your fitness goals and progress.
Tracking your fitness progress is not only important for this reason, it’s also important to keep your motivation high. If you are seeing changes every week via one of the above methods you are more likely to stay on track and keep motivated. The more motivated and informed you are the more likely you are to achieve your fitness goals.