Well folks, it’s about that time! The end of the year is coming and we’re scrambling with holiday parties and buying presents for our families – we’re crazy busy. But, New Year’s resolution thoughts have slowly started to creep into our heads. New Year’s resolutions provide hope. Hope for more productivity, more time spent doing things we enjoy with the people we love, and healthier bodies!
Can you imagine how it’s going to feel when you lose 30 pounds of fat? When you don’t struggle to put on your shoes? Or when you put on those 15 pounds of muscle? It’s going to be awesome! This is an exciting time of year, but if you’re serious about changing your body you need to take the right steps. You need to turn yourself into a scientist, and your body is your own personal experiment. Take ownership of your body, your actions, and your results. You have total control over what you put into your body, and what activities you do. Also, like any good scientist, you need to have objective results. You need to be measuring three things:
- Your activity
- Your nutrition
- Your body
Your activity and your nutrition are the two factors that are affecting your body, which is the thing we most want to change, but it’s important to know how you made that change and what works for you. Today we’re going to be talking about how you should measure your activity, and then next week we’ll discuss how to measure your nutrition and the changes in your body.
Measuring your activity should be dependent on your goals and how bad you want to achieve them. If you’re serious about reaching your goals and are willing to put in the work, then your recording should reflect that. For instance, at Rock Solid we’re serious about our clients getting results, so we measure every single repetition and every single set they do in our gym. This is so that each time they workout with us we know if they’re getting better or not. If they are, great, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. If not, then we’ll change up their workout or discover that maybe they haven’t been eating or sleeping enough and we can talk with them to help fix the problem. We have also standardized each exercise, meaning that the repetitions and seat settings are always the same. We do this standardization so that we can ensure we are comparing apples to apples.
For those of you not working out at Rock Solid, and are serious about getting results, we encourage you to be just as meticulous with your recording as we are. Record every rep, set, and seat setting at the gym. Also, if you’re running or swimming or doing other activity, record the distance, time, and any other factors that may reflect your performance.
For those less serious about reaching your fitness goals, still record, although it does not have to be so in depth. If you are just starting out, you could write down on your calendar when you went for a walk or a jog, or when you went to the gym. Do this so that over time you can see how consistent you are. If you’re looking at your calendar and you see that you walked three times each week for the past month, great job and keep it up! But if you see that you only walked once or twice the past month, you know that that is an area you can improve in.
So remember, if you actually you want to succeed and reach your New Year’s resolution goals of changing your body you have to record your efforts. The purpose of recording is to hold yourself accountable, as well as to see what works and what doesn’t work. Recording your workouts can help change your body, but it’s only one of the components. Next week we’ll talk about the nutrition component, as well as the actual measuring of the changes in your body (hint: there’s more to it than just pounds on the scale!). See you next week!