March 4, 2012
If you’re like most people, one the primary methods that you use to gauge your progress is the number on the scale staring back at you each and every morning. While it’s great to be concerned about your body weight and to make sure that you are heading in the right direction for a healthy weight, you also need to be aware of some other great measurements of progress that you can consider as well.
Taking note of all the many different signs of progress to watch out for can help you stay motivated when your body weight isn’t budging.
Weight loss does tend to be a non-linear event, so if you’re getting so caught up strictly in what the number on the scale is saying back to you, there is a very good chance that at some point or another, you will become disappointed.
By using the other signs of progress in your evaluation of how you’re doing as well, you’ll prevent this.
Let’s have a look at the main ones to consider.
The first measurement of your progress to take into consideration is your body fat level. While body weight will give you an indication of your sheer amount of mass, your body fat is a much better picture.
This way, if you do happen to gain lean muscle mass while losing body fat, you’ll see this showing up. With just the bodyweight scale, you might not and think that you’re actually gaining body fat.
The second gauge of progress to consider is your resting heart rate. This indicates just how good of conditioning you’re currently in.
Those who have lower overall resting heart rates, as well as those who have resting heart rates that return back to normal faster after exercise is completed, will be considered to be in better shape than those who don’t.
By taking your heart rate at various points in the day, you can see which direction yours is moving.
Moving along, another thing to consider is your level of strength. If you notice that you’re able to lift more weight on the given weight lifting exercises you do, this will be yet another clear sign that you’re making progress in the right direction.
Seeing the amount of weight you lift increase is a very good indication that you are gaining lean muscle mass and therefore are right on the track to optimal success.
By tracking in your workout journal how much weight you’re lifting as you go about your workout sessions, you can keep a close eye on this and see the small progress improvements as they occur.
Finally, last but not least, also think about your recovery rate. If you’re recovering quickly after a workout session, this indicates better conditioning levels than you had before.
Generally speaking, the more fit you become, the faster your body will bounce back after each workout that you perform.
The only exception to the rule is obviously when you significantly increase the intensity of your workout session. When this occurs, then you’re going to notice that your recovery may be lagging slightly, which is normal since the body is being challenged to a much greater extent.
As long as you see a general trend in the right direction though, that’s all that matters.
So there you have the top things to keep in mind regarding your workout progress. Don’t just go by body weight but take as many factors into account as you can.