Yash Kaushik

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6 Ways To Track Your Fitness Progress!

Fat Loss
Some times it can get challenging to judge whether you are on the right track or not. Much other time you even doubt yourself as if you’re doing something faulty and as a result of which you are not improving. But this is not entirely true. The thing here is that you are not looking in the right place. There are many ways in which you can look at your fitness progress. Most people are stuck with numbers (body weight and measurements), but the tragic part is that in fitness it’s never continuing progress. Your numbers will not always move in a direction with your goals. Then how to find out the correct way?

Here are some of the most effective ways to keep track of your fitness progress that will tell you if you are on the right track or not. Body Weight (Of Course!) First on the list and always first on your mind! Body Weight will always be a major variable of your fitness progress. If it moves in a direction to your goals then it’s good and you are happy, but for some reason, if it doesn’t then everything goes haywire. However, weight is not the correct indicator of your fitness progress because it can fluctuate due to many reasons. Things like water retention, gut weight, indigestion, etc. can show differences on the scale but you may be progressing just right at the same time. So don’t rely on the scale weight as the main indicator of your progress. Body Measurements Another very effective and quantified way to track your fitness progress is to keep a track of all major measurements of the body. Generally, I ask my client to track 5 major body measurements (Chest, Waist, Stomach, Hips, Thighs, and Arms). Inch loss clearly tells you that you are getting in better shape. But then again, just like bodyweight, even body measurements fluctuate and will never show consistent progress as they too fluctuate on day to day basis. However, keeping a track of them is definitely worth it. Body Pictures Taking body pictures can tell you a lot about how you’ve progressed over time. Sometimes taking body measurements and weight is not just enough. There are many changes that can be only be seen when compared in pictures. Small areas like the neck, face, inner thighs, back, etc. needs are visual comparison over time to identify changes in them. Usually, I ask my clients to take pictures every week which not only helps me to judge their progress in a better way but also helps them to see visible changes happening over time. Body pictures are true indicators of your fitness progress but you might need a third person opinion to figure out the changes. Clothes Fitting Tracking body measurements has a limitation to it because you can only keep track of some important measurements of the body but not all. This is where keeping a track of your clothes fitting can play a critical role. Pick one pair of clothing that fits you perfectly before starting your fitness journey. Keep trying them on every couple of weeks. If you notice them getting lose or fitting better than before then you are on the right track! You can also try out your old clothes from your graduation or your wedding days. This should tell you a lot about your fitness progress. Workout Performance Highly underrated but a very important indicator of your fitness progress is your performance in the gym or at your workouts. Are you lifting heavier weights than before? Are you running longer without catching your breath then before? Are you performing better than before? If the answer to any of these is ‘YES’ then Voila! You are making progress. I sure do ask this to all my clients to help them realise how much progress they have made over time. Body Composition (Fat Percentage And Muscle Mass) Last but on the least, tracking your estimated body fat percentage and muscle mass should also be on your list. Why estimated? Because it’s very difficult to get accurate measures of body fat and muscle mass. Even the Body Composition Machines that you find in your gyms are not the most reliable sources. There can be a lot of errors in the number displayed by those machines. BUT, they give a good estimate of your starting point which can be useful to compare with something in the future. Some other more accurate ways to track your body fat percentage can be DEXA scans, body callipers, underwater hydrostatic tests, etc. Conclusion There are many efficient ways to keep track of your fitness progress. Just looking at the bodyweight scale doesn’t tell you anything about your progress. Even if the numbers are going in the opposite direction to your goals, you could still be progressing pretty well. So from next week, start using all the above-mentioned ways before feeling miserable about your results “numbers!”.
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