Your weight is just one aspect or interpretation of what it means to be healthy. It's important not to obsess over the scale and instead focus on all the other key indicators of improved health and progress both in and outside of the gym. Here's four signs of progress that mean more than the number on the scale.
1. You are stronger and in better shape
This is a big sign that your hard work in the gym is paying off. You feel better in your clothes and can complete everyday tasks with greater ease. There's also less pain on a day to day basis, not to mention your looking and feeling better both inside and out!
2. Your body composition will have changed
If your someone who exercises regularly, and especially if some form of strength training is involved, you may notice the scale number plateau or even increase. In this instance it would be beneficial to look at body fat and muscle mass percentage rather than getting down about the scale numbers. You can measure these figures either through a smart scale or through the use of body calipers.
3. Your mental health is improving
Greater energy, improved focus and improved self esteem are the intangible markers of improved health. However, improvements in these areas are just as important as the numbers and worth celebrating!
4. Exercise is part of your life
This is a crucial step to lasting consistency and long term results. You've found an activity in exercise that you love doing, that benefits not only you but everyone you come into contact with. It's good to see exercise as an investment in your future, one that will pay off if you apply yourself consistently and diligently to the process, not the number on the scale.
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