With the holidays in the FULL swing of things… ‘Holiday eating‘ becomes an issue for people unclear on the concept of issues. Consider this your friendly reminder that the scale is NOT the end all be all as your progress for Health and FITness. There are many other factors (measures) to consider.
𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙉𝙎 𝙊𝙁 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙂𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙎 𝙊𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍 𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙉 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙎𝘾𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙎
The scales are a valuable indicator of progress. If you goal is to gain muscle then your weight should be going up overtime. However, they can fluctuate for multiple reasons and only tell some of the story. While I suggest you keep an eye on the scales to measure progress don’t rely solely on them.
There are tons of other indicators of progress. Here are 6️⃣ useful ones:
1️⃣ INCREASED ENERGY. Training should enhance your life not rule it. If you are training and eating well then, you should find your energy levels are higher day to day.
2️⃣ YOU ARE STRONGER. One of the best predictors of increased muscle mass is increases in strength. Pay close attention to the loads you are lifting in the 6-12 rep range. Progress on these means you are getting bigger and stronger.
3️⃣BETTER MINDSET. Success boosts confidence and motivation. As you make progress in the gym it transfers over to all walks of life and you suddenly realize you are capable of so much more than you thought.
4️⃣ CLOTHES FIT BETTER. If your clothes are tighter around your chest, shoulders, and arms, without getting tight on your stomach then you have built muscle.
5️⃣MORE CONFIDENT. Seeing progress in the gym, in your physique, becoming more positive, more motivated, looking better in clothes all boost your confidence. It is one of the best forgotten benefits of training.
So, if the scales haven’t budged in a while don’t panic. Trust the process. Pat yourself on the back for the other areas that are showing progress.
Found from our friends at Breaking Muscle (LINK)