If someone were to ask you about your measurements, how would you answer? After all, depending on your health and fitness goals, you are measuring different things than the person running near you on the trail or lifting weights on a gym bench nearby.
If your goal is weight loss or weight maintenance, you’re probably looking at the scale and using the tape measure to see how many inches you’ve lost. You may even be weighing your food and monitoring your calories. You’re counting the minutes of cardio and number of reps you’ve completed for any given workout.
If you’re training for an event, you’re probably doing much of the above but you’re also you’re tracking a variety of times – splits, total distance, personal records.
We all have a measurement mindset because it is one of the few ways to track our progress; to let not only ourselves, but those around us, know how well we’re doing.
But on those days when the numbers are not what we wanted, what then? For many of us, it can mean falling into negative self-talk, or falling into old, unhealthy habits as a way to cope.
So why not turn the numbers on their heads? Here are some possibilities:
- Track how much additional weight you’re able to lift over the course of a month instead of how much you’ve lost or gained.
- Track how many miles you’ve walked or run instead of worrying about your pant size.
- Log how many steps you’ve taken over a week instead of how many minutes you logged on any of the machines at the gym.
- Count how many new fruits and vegetables you’ve integrated into your week instead of counting calories.
Now, this is not to say that you should throw your training approach out completely, but once in a while, switch it up so that you can recharge your resolve.