5 Ways to Evaluate Your Fitness Success

If you’re working to get in better shape, or you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably anxious to see some results. Many people rely on the number on the scale, but this can be problematic in many cases. For one thing, hormones and “water weight” can cause our weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. And, if you’re working out a lot, you might build muscle tissue. You could still be burning fat and losing weight, but then a few pounds might be added back due to increased muscle tone. This can make it difficult to gauge your success by simply stepping on the scale.

But the scale isn’t the only way to measure your progress. In fact, these methods can work even better, because they show that you’re not only burning calories and shedding pounds, but also getting healthier. And that should be your true goal!

You feel happier. You might be feeling more energetic, thinking more positive thoughts, and even loving your body more lately. Your increased self confidence will be magnetic, and should inspire you to keep going.

Workouts are getting easier. Early in your lifestyle change, a strenuous workout might have left you feeling wiped out. Now you’re getting through workouts more easily, and you feel refreshed and rejuvenated afterward.

You’re sleeping better. You might find that your healthier routine has helped you start sleeping more soundly at night. This is good news for your health, because rest helps your body fight inflammation, repair damage, and reduce stress levels.

Your waist circumference has changed. Measuring your waist circumference every two to three weeks can give you a solid understanding of your progress. If you’re burning fat cells you will see that number change over time, no matter what the scale says. More importantly, if you’re shedding weight from your midsection,  you are reducing the most harmful type of fat tissue in your body (from a health and longevity standpoint).

Your old clothes are loose. If you’re adding muscle mass while decreasing fat in your body, the true measure of your success will be found in the fit of your clothes. No matter what the scale says, if your clothes are getting loose then you know your regimen is working. You’re looking more trim and confident while learning habits that will help you live a longer, healthier life.

About that plan: If you’re looking for a weight loss plan that helps you truly shed excess weight for good, give us a call. We’ll help you analyze the reasons past plans didn’t work out, and guide you toward a lifestyle change that lasts.

3 Great Reasons to Skip the Gym

So, you’re just not feeling up to hitting the gym today? Are you looking for an excuse, or shall we say, a reason to skip it? How about three reasons?

We’re not saying you should skip your workout, just that you can feel free to move it to a new location. Ditch the gym and choose an outdoor spot for exercise instead – preferably one that isn’t too urban. The following facts provide all the reasons you need to opt for outdoor workouts on a regular basis. Read more

This Exercise Surprisingly Burns More Calories Than Running

Many people believe that in order to get a good cardiovascular workout, and burn a lot of calories in a reasonable period of time, you must take up running a mile or two per day. Luckily for those who don’t enjoy running, this isn’t true at all. In fact, some forms of exercise offer an even greater calorie burn. Read more

How to Work Out in Just Thirty Minutes

Ideally, we would all have a free hour each day, and we could stop by the gym when it felt convenient for us. We would perform a one-hour workout, rotating activities each time, and emerge feeling refreshed and energized. And of course, our weight loss plan (or weight maintenance plan) would benefit from the hard work. Read more

This Unhealthy Habit is Surprisingly Worse Than Smoking

If you had to name the number one unhealthy habit, how would you reply? Most people might say smoking, or eating too much junk food. And while you would be correct that these are terribly damaging habits, you might also be surprised at the results of a new study. One unhealthy habit was actually found to be even worse than smoking… And many people wouldn’t guess this one. Read more

How to Help You Stay Safe if You Walk at Night

You know that exercise is important for your overall health, and especially helpful if you’re following a weight loss plan. But many times, life gets in the way of our plans, and we need to schedule our daily goals more creatively. Considering that our days are much shorter during the winter, you might sometimes head out for a walk at night. An after-dinner walk is relaxing, and can help you meet your exercise goals, but we also want you to stay safe. Read more

How to Work Out When You’re Sore

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are about warm-ups, stretching, and proper form, soreness will happen. It usually strikes the morning after a workout, or about 24 hours afterward. At this point you might wonder if it’s safe to exercise, or if you should take a day off. Read more

Sometimes Walking is Better Than Running

It’s a common assumption that running is a preferable form of exercise, over walking. After all, it’s more difficult and boosts your heart rate much higher. But it’s not actually a fact that running is better than walking in every situation. In fact, there are several reasons that walking might be the better form of exercise for weight loss, for some people. For example… Read more

Can This Simple Trick Help You Achieve Your Health Goals?

When most of us decide to get fit, lose weight, or achieve some other goal related to our health, we tend to focus on the “how”. We create an eating plan or workout schedule, or otherwise craft a regimen that we believe will lead to our success. And those things are certainly important! After all, most people don’t achieve a goal simply by thinking about it. Read more

Sticking to Your Fitness Plan on Weekends

For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.

Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently. Read more

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