By tracking particular metrics, you can measure your progress and make adjustments when needed. Some training-related metrics can be reps, sets, and weights used during each workout session as well as heart rate and blood pressure, whereas lifestyle metrics may include body circumference measurements, body weight, HRV, or sleep. Tracking these metrics will help you measure progress with physical goals such as weight loss and muscle building.
Body weight is a basic metric that can be used to measure progress when aiming for composition-related goals such as losing fat or gaining muscle. Keeping track of your body weight daily, weekly, or biweekly will give you an indication of how well you are progressing. If the numbers aren't going down, it may be time to take a closer look at your nutrition and fitness regime to make some adjustments.
Body circumference measurements, such as waist size, are also important to track when aiming for weight-related goals. This can give you a better indication of progress than body weight alone. A decrease in inches around the waist is an indicator that fat has been lost and muscle has been gained.
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Reps, sets, and weights used during each workout session is another important metric to watch. By tracking this information, you can look back and see which exercises are most effective for your goals and make adjustments as needed. This is particularly beneficial for strength building goals, as an increase in weight lifted over time indicates that progress has been made.
Sleep is another lifestyle metric to watch when trying to achieve physical goals. Getting enough quality sleep is important for performance and recovery. Try to make sure you are getting at least 7-9 hours every night.
Finally, heart rate, HRV, and blood pressure are also important metrics to track when measuring progress. Keeping an eye on these numbers will help you better manage your overall health as well as monitor any changes that can affect your progress. When our body isn't well recovered, we will see a shift in resting heart rate and HRV indicating our body may not be ready to perform and a more restorative practice could be benficial.
By monitoring these metrics, we can have a better indication of progress and whether or not adjustments need to be made to your current protocol. It is also a great way to stay motivated and keep yourself accountable. Don't forget to keep working hard and celebrate the wins!
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