Take care of yourselves first so that you can show up better for your people. Lots of ❤️, Coach Julie.
I’m a data driven human. I think I will be a forever student, even though I’m out of school. I love information gathering, research, and sharing findings with others with the hope of adding value to people’s lives. So, when I share these suggestions, you can infer that I’ve tried other ways that didn’t work for me before arriving at these tips that I now share with you. 🙂 The standard scale doesn’t work for me, and I’ve seen it do real damage to far too many people’s emotional well-being and relationship with movement and food. I am not here to shame anyone for using one though. In fact, there are newer models that do share some very useful information including muscle imbalances between the right and left sides (important for injury prevention), hydration levels, and skeletal muscle mass, which can be especially vital to pay attention to especially as we get older, and want to prevent falls and other injuries.
However, I do encourage all to consider adding in some of these other markers as well when deciding if a workout program is working for you and your unique circumstances. Bodyweight is surface level, as it shares very little information about what’s actually going on in a person’s life, how they are feeling, and moving forward or backwards as a result of their movement schedule. Let’s go deeper. Let’s be better! When seeking to build sustainable habits for myself and clients that we can use over a lifetime, I have found these progress markers to be a useful and empowering means of tracking evolution versus the scale. I hope you find them to be useful, too.
What are some of your favorite ways to track progress with your workouts? I invite all into this conversation, even if you use the scale. Everyone is in a different place in their journey. Let’s learn and grow from each other rather than becoming polarized in our views.
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