The truth is that tracking progress is essential in everything you do.
You’ve probably tracked your progress up your chosen career or through the property market. It’s logical, practical, and extremely beneficial to utilize the same approach to losing weight.
What makes tracking fitness progress, losing weight, and getting fitter even easier is the support of the Fit Father Project. You can join the FF30X today to access all the support and advice you need to become a new man.
Check Your Weight Every Day
If you’re looking to lose weight, then you need to weigh yourself. Some say weighing yourself too regularly can be detrimental to your motivation.
But, if you get into the habit of weighing yourself every morning, you’ll soon notice the downward slide of the scales.
This has two positive results:
Knowing that you’ll be looking at the scales in the morning will make you think twice before reaching for that dessert or skipping your workout. Accountability is excellent at keeping you on the right track.
If you’re not feeling like working out or eating properly, then the thought of being accountable the next day will leave you feeling much more motivated to do the right thing.
It is also important to note that weighing yourself is not the only way to track your body.
You can also measure your waist, thighs, and arms to track changes. In addition, you’ll find it beneficial to track your BMI on a regular basis.
There will be days when this is worse than the day before. But, you can use these days to motivate yourself forward. Tracking your fitness progress will help you to achieve your fitness goals by making you more aware.
Taking a photo of yourself on a regular basis can be very motivational. Wear as little clothing as possible and take the picture at the same time of day in the same position and with the same lighting.
Photos are one of the most accurate ways of showing body changes.
Taking a photo every two weeks or once a month should be sufficient for you to see the changes. Put them in a small album or their own folder so you can easily compare them.
Monitor Your Food Consumption
However, no matter how strong your motivation and will power, it can be easy to stray from your chosen path.
By recording when and what you eat as well as tracking your progress, you’ll soon identify the problem areas and will be able to resolve the issues. This will help you to lose the weight.
Use a Performance Check
Another great way to track fitness progress is to monitor your workouts.
For example, if you run every day and have a set route, then time yourself. You should get faster day by day. There will always be the odd day when you’re slower, but the overall trend should be positive.
Put together a performance check and test yourself on various fitness activities. Record the results and repeat the test once a month.
Alternatively, if you’re lifting weights, then try to add a little extra each week. This is an indirect way to track fitness progress as you’re pushing your body harder all the time, but it works!
There's an App for That
There is little sense in having all the modern technology available and not using any of it to help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals. In fact, there are hundreds of apps designed specifically for tracking fitness progress.
Here are some app suggestions:
Available on: Android, iOS
This app helps you to track your diet. As mentioned above, this can motivate you to eat properly, avoid temptation, and see where you’re going wrong or could improve.
Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle, Nook, and Web
This is another calorie tracker to help you track fitness progress. You’ll also benefit from access to accurate nutrition information for a wide range of foods.
Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone
Endomondo tracks outdoor activities like biking and running with good accuracy and a simple UX.
The app is free to download but also includes training plans and coaching features for Premium subscribers.
You can’t look at ways to track fitness progress without mentioning the latest fad, wearable trackers. In fact, these are a great idea. You can measure your performance, how much you’ve worked out, calories burned, and even how good the quality of your sleep is.
Fitbit is often the first one that springs to mind, but there are plenty of other options to track fitness progress with wearable trackers.
The simple fact is that you’ll be able to record your efforts and results easily. This will inspire and motivate you to keep going.
It is also important to use the sleep tracker built into any of the wearable trackers. Quality sleep is essential to the balancing of your body’s hormones and successful weight loss.
Compete With Peers
If you’re struggling to stick to a fitness regime or failing to track your progress properly, then start competing. You can challenge a friend to some one-on-one or enter a local race.
Every time you compete, you should be better than the time before. If you are, then your approach is succeeding. It may be an unusual way to track fitness progress, but it works, and it motivates and pushes you to do better every day!
Finish All Phases of FF30X
Our programs are designed to challenge men of all fitness levels. Years of research and trial and error have helped us optimize diet and exercise to get the maximum amount of results for the least amount of effort.
It's not always easy to stick to the schedule, that's why we're here to help. If you need encouragement and accountability to finish the fight, do not hesitate to use the tools and resources provided in the member's area. Reach out to one of our team members or the Fit Father Community. Your success is our mission.
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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on tracking fitness progress.