We all have heard the key to achieving your fitness goals is to stay consistent. Stick to a workout routine, stick to a healthy diet, ect.. But what’s next? What should you focus on after those consistent habits are formed? Might I suggest tracking and measuring. Collecting data on the habits you just built in order to look back and make an educated decision on what next to do.
Workouts – find ways to track what you do in the gym and your physical activity. Wearable fitness trackers can be an inexpensive way to constantly monitor your activity. Heck, many smartphones can even track steps these days. Once you or your trainer sets up a workout program be sure to stick to it. Measure the weights used, the reps performed and the number of sets done. We sell MyZone belts at the front desk and house the MyZone app on the Four Seasons Health Club mobile app just for these reasons! Click here to learn more about Myzone.
Nutrition – We know that we shouldn’t fixate on counting calories. But the energy in, energy out equation can not be ignored. In order to lose weight, there must be a negative energy balance created by increasing physical activity and ingesting less calories. That does not mean the same as eating less food. A diet full of whole foods with a limit on processed foods is a great way to start being consistent with nutrition. Some measuring techniques could be to use an app such as MyFitnessPal. The app allows the user to keep track of calories, grams of protein, carbs, and fats. And it builds a community for support and recipe ideas.
Once the measuring is consistent, next you want to manage the variables. Talk with your PIT Coach on how to manipulate these healthy habits to better serve your fitness goals.
-Coach Alex Nigro