Tracking Your Fitness Goals
Keeping Track of Your Fitness and Health Goals
Each day, individuals make a vow to themselves that they’re finally going to get in better shape, and eat quality food. They make this choice because they have decided to improve their general health. Individuals often tend to make a quiet commitment in their head, and usually do not tell anyone as an effective tool to keep them on track. However, to be more successful, it’s important to write down goals that state clearly exactly what to do to lose weight and become physically fit.
Writing Down the Goals
Before beginning any type of workout regimen or change in diet, it’s important to write down goals. Create an actual “to do” list so you will have something to look at every day. This will serve as an important reminder of exactly what you’re going to do to achieve your ultimate goal of being physically fit and healthier.
Creating and following along with the “to do” list might appear to be a simple act. But, it can be an effective tool that is used to reinforce your goals. One of the components on the list should include affirmations. These will provide the right type of motivation you’ll need to keep yourself accountable until you reach the goal. As an adjunct to keeping track of your progress you could use a Fitness Tracker such as the Garmin Vivofit or the Jawbone UP2 Lightweight
The Weigh In
One of the easiest tools to help stay on track with physical fitness and get healthy, is to weigh yourself every day. This effective tool can be discouraging at first, because you realize exactly how much weight you need to lose. However, there are simple steps that can avoid the depressing feeling that you have a long way to go.
On day one, simply weigh yourself and write it down to begin your weekly log. Recognize that as your body loses weight, it tends to hold onto water. There may be times during the week that you weigh more on one date than you did the day before. Even though you ate right and exercised routinely. Over the course of one week your log should indicate that you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, maybe one or 2 pounds of undesired body fat.
Part of the weighing in process requires that it is done the same way every day. Be consistent with weigh in time. If you wear shoes when weighing in, make sure you wear the same shoes every day. If you weigh yourself just after stepping out of the shower, do so every day.
At some point along the way you’re going to feel discouraged and want to turn back. However, your health and fitness goals should be strong enough to keep you pointed toward your goals. Realize that as your appearance changes, you begin having significantly more energy, with better thoughts and emotions.
The transformation to living a healthier lifestyle takes time. Remember that you did not put on your excess weight and become out of shape in just a single day. Getting back on track and healthier again will take a little longer than you hope. However with determination to reach your goal of being physically fit you will get there in no time.