How To Reach Fitness Goals With Fitness Tracking
Do you know how to eat an elephant? No? Well, it’s actually really easy. All you need to do is split it down into smaller pieces, and work on them one at a time. The same goes for any type of goal that you have, including fitness tracking. But to be as effective as possible in achieving your goals you have to do one vital thing. That is record your progress, and that is where tracking your fitness comes in. Read on to find out more.
Why Fitness Tracking?
So what are the benefits of tracking your fitness? Well, for one, you get to see the progress that you are making each and every day. You may have a large goal like losing 30lbs or running a half marathon. Great! But it’s oh so easy to become demotivated in the long term if you can’t see the little incremental steps that you are making towards achieving this every day. That is why tracking your fitness progress really does keeps you motivated and on target to achieve the larger goals in your life.
Another important benefit of tracking your fitness is that you can easily identify what is and is not working for you. For example, you may get a PB on the run, but without tracking the food, or even how energetic you feel before you embark on it, it can be impossible to replicate.
Similarly, if something isn’t working out for you, such as you feel too tired to complete a full workout, or you don’t have enough time to get through a whole routine, tracking can point you to the reason why. Making your life a lot easier, as you don’t have to play Sherlock Holmes just to find out what is going wrong.
What should you track?
Now we have established that tracking health and fitness is a good idea, it’s important to discuss what exactly you should be making a note of. Well, really it is totally up to you. You are setting your own goals, and so you will know the variables that need to be recorded.
For example, if you are tracking weight loss, then it can be helpful to log calories eaten, your macros, exercise, and water consumption. However, if you are trying to improve you PB on your nightly run, then it is best to track the distance, speed, and time it took you to complete.
Tracking your fitness from memory
Obviously, there are many different ways of recording this information, and you will need to find one that works for you. The cheapest way is definitely committing these things to memory. But as this information is often plentiful, similar, and complex, unless you have the memory of an elephant, you are going to run into some problems.
Instead, it’s better to find a more organized way of recording this data. So you can get into the habit of checking where you are and knowing exactly what you need to do to improve.
Tracking your fitness on paper
So for the Luddites among us, it is, of course perfectly possible to track our own fitness data on paper. Whether this in a notebook, or in a specially devised table.
Of course, the more organized that you can be with this sort of thing the better. So keeping the figures or information in a table will make it a lot easy to compare data over the long term. Which can really help you to improve your performance.
Tracking your fitness in a planner
An even more organized way of tracking fitness information is in your daily diary or planner. You can do this by using a specially made planner that is dedicated to the sole purpose of recording all of your exercise, food and hydration information.
Or there are many people out there creating stickers to go in your normal diary. Which you can use to record the amount of water you drink, the yoga classes that you have been to and the meal that you have eaten each day.
Of course, you still have to make an effort to manually fill it in every time you eat, drink, or exercise. But for some folks that can help them keep focused on what they are trying to achieve.
Tracking your fitness using a fitness wearable
But if you favor a more high-tech solution to this problem then you are probably in the market for a fitness wearable.
What is a fitness wearable, I hear you ask? Well, the are small sensor units build into items like jewelry, wristbands, or training shoes that collect data as you exercise. They come in all sorts of styles and colors and are made by varying different famous brands such as Nike, Fitbit, and Moov.
For example, you can get pieces from Mondaine Watches that look like a classic timepiece. Or you can get a clip-on fitness tracking wearable from Bellabeat, which is marketed as smart jewelry. That you can wear as a decorative bracelet, necklace, or even clipped to your clothes.
Of course, fitness tracking wearables like these are amazing because once you have them set up with an associated app to your computer or smartphone. You can then use them to automatically track and record your fitness performance.
But the thing is that if you want to track anything but movement or heart rate such as menstrual cycles, calories consumed and the like, you do have to enter this information yourself.
But that’s all changing now as there connected accessories coming out like the Trago water bottle for your Fitbit. Which means you can use wearable systems for fitnes tracking to automatically records other data such as how much water you drink each day. Making keeping track of this aspect of our fitness a lot more simple.
Unfortunately for those of us that are still watching our weight, there is nothing yet that can automatically scan what we are eating and work out the nutritional and calorie content. But who knows maybe one of these tech companies has something like this in development? Let’s hope so!
I hope this helps you to understand how important fitness tracking is and this helps you reach your goals!