When starting your fitness journey, you will notice that not everything happens at once. We all the perfect image of our body that we’re trying to attain, tattooed in our mind. However, not seeing results soon enough could lead someone new to the game to become highly discouraged.
And if you’re in a gym surrounded by well-built veterans, you may even become intimidated and feel a sense of hopelessness. Here are two ways to track progress to start seeing results.
THE ROAD TO A BETTER YOU STARTS WITH THESE HELPFUL WAYS TO TRACK PROGRESS
TRY A WRITTEN JOURNAL
Well, the cure for this is simple, keep a journal of what you lift each day. Mark down the number of reps, sets and weight you do for each exercise. Believe or not, the most significant strength gains in any training program happen within the first 90 days.
This is because your muscles literally go into shock from the new stimulation from the exercise and respond very quickly. Furthermore, you also develop more strength in your stabiliser and connective tissues, which give you that extra ability to balance weight that you could not balance before.
When starting anything new, the key to being successful is to have an organised game plan going in, and be able to accurately chart your progress along the way. This can apply to any walk of life be it, income, job performance, education – fitness is no different in this regard.
By keeping track of the numbers, you can see for yourself just how much progress you’ve actually made.
Also, it would be a great idea to take monthly photos to begin to chart physical changes as well. This is one of the more creative ways to track progress. Fitness is a marathon, not a race. Changes come slowly, but they do happen.
So, rather than take a photo comparison every other day or week, give yourself more time in order to be able to see the progress you’ve made. Remember to use the same mirror and same lighting in the pictures so you can get the most accurate measure of your results possible.