The More You Know: Assessments
If you don’t know where you are headed- any road will take you somewhere but it just might not be where you want to go. Taking stock of your health - no matter your goals, means taking stock of you. How do you track progress? Assessments.
Choose an assessment that works for you. I believe in tape measures. Simple and straight forward, easy to use. No need to measure more than once every 2-3 weeks. While you’re at it, consider a personal selfie photo journal! Circumference/ Girth Measurements - Easy, reliable and all about inches.
You can record body weight and body composition. Body composition simply means learning and understanding how much of your body weight is Lean Muscle Mass and how much is Fat Mass. You can actually follow the formula below, or you can use a smart scale that provides that information for you. If you are using a scale, you should still stick once every 2-3 week schedule. Body weight can fluctuate for a variety of reasons and daily weigh-in’s can become frustrating.
Bodyweight * BODY FAT PERCENTAGE = BODY FAT WEIGHT in LBS
Bodyweight - BODY FAT WEIGHT in LBS = LEAN MUSCLE MASS IN LBS
ex. Jane weighs 180lbs and her scale indicates her body fat percentage is 30%
180 lbs * 30% = 54 lbs of fat mass
180lbs - 54lbs = 126 lbs lean muscle mass
Jane is carrying 54 lbs of fat on her body.
Take some time to understand what you’re body is made of. Body composition is not just about numbers, it’s about what the numbers mean!