Do you know how many hours per week you spend sitting down? Do you know how many steps you do on average each day? How much high-intensity exercise do you do each week? You probably don’t have the answers to these questions straight off the bat. We’re all on a fitness journey in one way or another, and life can make it really easy to lose track of where you are and where you want to be fitness-wise.
Some people track to the extreme, all workouts, all gains, all the food they eat right down to the macros, and others just want to get it done and feel better. Don’t get us wrong, tracking can be a lot of effort! But what if you did start tracking? What would you learn? Would your behaviour change at all?
Just like a map, tracking your progress helps you to figure out where you are, how far away you are from where you want to be and to plan a way to get there.
The benefits of tracking;
● Measurement effect: when you measure simple things like how much water you drink each day, it can push you to drink more. When you track how much you spend on food outside of groceries, you eat out less. Just by measuring simple activities can change
your behaviour and start seeing an improvement.
● Accountability: you stay on track because you’re paying attention to your behaviour.
Yes, at the beginning it may feel like a chore, but soon it’ll become a normal part of your
routine and forces you to pay attention to the behaviour you’re trying to change. You’ll
soon catch yourself slacking off more often than you used to, and keep yourself
accountable to the goals you’re trying to achieve.
● Goal setting and baselines: tracking helps you figure out where you currently are in
your fitness journey, and helps you set realistic goals to work towards. Figuring out
where you’re currently at is the first step in figuring out what progress you want to make. If you’re only walking 1-2,000 steps a day, set a goal to reach 5,000 a day and then
● Reminds you of progress: with baselines set, you can easily look back in a few weeks
or months and see how far you’ve come! Celebrating wins, even small ones, is so
important to keep your motivation and discipline high, because you can confidently say
that you’re improving.
● Make adjustments: if something isn’t working, or you’ve suddenly stopped making
progress and you feel like you’re going backwards, tracking helps you to figure out what
went wrong and why.
Getting started There’s lots of ways to get started with tracking your progress.
Apple and Samsung both have great wearable trackers, alongside Garmin and FitBit, or you can download a fitness app to your phone, such as a pedometer.If you prefer to keep away from digital, there’s plenty of planners and journals out there to write down your progress.
The key is to find a way that is comfortable and works for you, so the more you track the better you’ll get!