It’s important to make sure you’re tracking your progress when carrying out a fitness programme as you need to make sure you’re on the right track when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Sounds easy enough, although there are plenty of ways you can improve you’re tracking methods to really enhance your understanding of your fitness progression. Whether you’re relying on the latest gadgets to keep you informed of your exercise strategies or a few useful fitness tools online instead, here are some of the ways you can effectively track your fitness regime.

Pinching

It’s got nothing to do with technology whatsoever and it’s probably one of the older methods of checking how your fitness regime is turning out. Pinching yourself can be a really helpful way of measuring your excess body fat. Professionals carry out similar body checks when working with their patients, so it can give you a simple and accurate assumption of how your regime is going. The best area of the body to pinch is the arms or waist as both these areas will see a gradual and consistent reduction in body fat over time.

Pinching

Heart Rate

 When you first start exercising after a long time away from any consistent physical exercise, you might notice that your heart rate is part is much faster than that of an experienced athlete. A good way to check your progression is to monitor your heart rate every week. A resting heart rate that is getting slower over time is good sign of a working fitness regime. The heart doesn’t have to work as hard during exercise if the resting heart rate is low.

Strength & Flexibility

 During exercise our muscles work harder than usual, so much so that they have to recover after an intense workout. The recovery period is essential if you want your muscles to repair themselves and come back even stronger. If your exercise regime is working, you might notice that you can carry out more demanding exercises as a result of a greater strength and flexibility. For example, touching the floor with both hands flat on the surface whilst keeping your legs straight is a tough task, but it might be easier for someone who has managed to improve their hip flexibility.

Pictures

Whilst the scales can deceive, pictures certainly can’t. If you’re about to embark on a new fitness programme that lasts for a certain amount of time, you might want to take pictures of yourself every few weeks to see how you are progressing with regards to body shape. However, it’s important not to take them too frequently as you might not realise your change in body shape due to obsessing with the prospect of change.

BMI

I know I said scales can deceive but they’re actually an incredibly useful tool most of the time. Make sure you measure your weight at the same time after a meal to be as accurate as possible, before throwing your results online. A BMI calculator can tell you whether your weight is healthy for your age, height and gender.

Mike James has a regular fitness regime he endeavours to stick to all the time. Inevitably this sometimes lapses but his eagerness to maintain a certain level of fitness means that getting back on the healthy wagon is easy to do! He also regularly plays tennis at Wickwoods Country Club where there are indoor and outdoor courts.