If you want to save money, you track your bank account and expenses. If you want to lose weight, you track your calorie intake, exercise, and weight. No matter what your goal is, tracking your progress is vital to success. That is true of any goal including those for fitness. Not everyone’s fitness goal is the same. Some people want to lose weight and others want to build energy. Some people want to improve their health, while others want a toned body. Each goal will have some similar tracking techniques, but also some tracking techniques unique to that goal.
You might think you are eating fewer calories until you start recording every bite you eat and your caloric intake. You’ll be surprised at how often you grab a handful of candy when you pass a coworker’s candy dish or eat the last few spoonfuls of dessert left in the bowl. When you record your calorie intake, it provides a visual picture that makes you more aware. It keeps you more accountable. You may think you’re doing well, but tracking helps you identify places you can do better.
Getting healthier is a broad goal that needs to be defined better. Is your blood pressure too high? Do you have high resting blood glucose levels? Are you out of breath just walking up one flight of stairs? For blood pressure, track both your blood pressure and your doctor’s recommendations for lowering it. Did the healthcare provider suggest more exercise, weight loss, or stress management? Set goals for each of these suggestions and track those things, too. Do you want a boost in endurance? Test yourself by seeing how many floors you can climb stairs before becoming exhausted.
If you’re tracking meals and your exercise program to lower your blood pressure and see a spike in blood pressure one week, you see what you did differently to cause that spike. Maybe it was eating junk food or food high in sugar or salt or skipping exercise for the week that made the difference. You can even narrow down causes by noting what didn’t change to help identify what else triggered the rise.
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