Let’s start with an innocent question: Are you on a quest to become the best version of yourself?
If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Roughly 7 in 10 women think they are not good enough. Low self-esteem is on the rise, and 90% of women admit they would love to change the way they look. The quest for perfection is a never-ending story, and one that is deeply anchored into unrealistic societal beliefs. Nevertheless, more and more women are unable to see through when it comes to their own appearance. And truth be told, we live in a world that makes slim synonymous with worthy. That being said, achieving your fitness goals in a healthy way can also help support your health in the long term. Ultimately, being fit and not carrying extra weight will put less burden on your body.
So there are, of course, pros and cons to wanting to improve your body. And if you are going down the health benefits route, you want to ensure you’re equipped to track your progress. Indeed, progress tracking is at the core of making your health dreams come true.
The coach connection
Let’s face it; embarking on a fitness journey can be daunting. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned gym-goer, you can do with someone pushing you in the right direction. This is precisely where working with a personal trainer comes into play. A coach will not only offer the guidance you need, but they also act as an accountability partner.
More importantly, your fitness coach has a deeper understanding of body mobility and strength, which means they can easily adjust your workout when they notice that things are getting too easy or too hard. A common mistake for fitness amateurs is to stick to the same workout plan without being able to tell whether they are progressing.
The app advantage
This is a tech-savvy world, and one where you have access to a ton of apps such as MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal is a calorie tracking application, allowing you to carefully monitor your calorie intake and calorie burning for the day.
Why does it matter? You’d be surprised to know how off our guesstimates are at the end of the day. You may think you have not eaten much, but it turns out that the few snacks you nibbled on could be high in calories and affect your goals.
The power of progress photos
Seeing is believing. You may assume that because you see your body every day you’ll notice differences. But, in reality, it can be the complete opposite. Because you see your body day after day, you may not spot significant changes in the mirror. This is why it is important to take photos at the start of your fitness journey. You can compare yourself against your reference photos.
The rules of reference and progress photos:
- Try to wear the same clothes whenever possible, such as your sports outfit
- Try to take the photos in the same location and at around the same time
- Try to maintain the same pose
This will help make your progress stand out!
There is no denying that tracking progress is crucial to achieving your fitness goals. Progress will give you insights on how to continue your journey, such as adjusting workout plans, and on how far you’ve already come.