How Do You Track Your Fitness Progress?

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Are you a couch potato?

How long do you think it would take to get control over your fitness and start seeing results?

There’s no doubt, getting fit can seem like a bit of an overwhelming process. I’m beginning to contemplate this very thing myself… with only a few days till our first child arrives, I’m entering into the unknown territory of post-pregnancy body!

It’s definitely going to test what I’m made of. I talk about this stuff a lot on my blog, but I often ask myself do I really know what it’s like to be on the other side??? Well, I soon will!

Anyway, the video below really caught my attention. It shows how KingExtreme turns his beer belly into a six-pack in 365 days.

I think a video like this has real visual impact…

 

What do you think of his transformation?

I’m sure you’ll agree, recording your progress is a great way to recognize small achievements and maintain motivation, whether your goal is weight loss or muscle building.

So, how can you track your progress? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Get snap happy!
Follow KingExtreme’s example and take a picture of yourself every day for a year, wearing similar clothing each time, then put it together in a video to show your progress.

2. Measure up
Make a record of body measurements each month and keep a spreadsheet with this info:

  • Bust: measure around the widest part
  • Chest: measure just under your bust
  • Waist: measure a half-inch above your belly button or at the smallest part of your waist
  • Hips: measure around the biggest part of your hips
  • Thighs: measure around the biggest part of each thigh
  • Calves: measure around the largest part of each calf
  • Upper arm: measure around the largest part of each arm above the elbow

3. Use the scales
Step on the scales each week and track your weight using an excel spreadsheet. When you have enough data you could turn the info into a graph for similar visual effect to the video.

4. Not so technical
If you don’t want to get this technical, try using your favorite pair of skinny jeans, a ring on one of your fingers, notches on your favorite belt, your favorite swim suit, or whatever method you find useful.

So, how do you track fitness or weight loss progress? Share your ideas with us!

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Gordie Rogers October 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

Thanks for these tips. I never know where to measure. Scales are okay, but if you were able to get your fat percentage tested, that would be more accurate.

Nice post. :)
.-= Gordie Rogers´s last blog ..How To Stay Motivated. =-.

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Melanie October 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi Gordie,
Personally, I prefer to use a tape measure and keep a record that way. But, that’s just my preference! :-)

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BikiniBy30 October 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I am five months into my fitness journey and measurements have been the key!! As I am toning up and gaining muscle the scale hasn’t been moving very much, but taking monthly measurements has definitely shown my progress! I measure my waist (at belly button), hips, thighs, and upper arm. I kind of wish I had been doing chest and body fat percentage (with one of those simple claw type devices). I think seeing body fat perecentage go down would be inspiring even if the scale isn’t moving. I am inspired to put my monthly shots into a short montage/virual flip book whe I reach the year mark.
.-= BikiniBy30´s last blog ..What’s Sweet and Doughy and Adds to Your Middle? =-.

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