Last month I joined the Wellness Wednesday Link Up and wrote about Thriving through good health and wellbeing. I outlined my plan to start the New Year looking after myself and my body, mind and spirit.
We are now coming to the end of January – can you believe it? So it is time to check in on progress.
I’m sure that many of us have used a New Year to rethink our lives and especially our health and well being especially at 50 & Beyond. However, we need to include progress reports to see how we are tracking.
The Top 3 Benefits of Checking your Health & Fitness Progress
Making goals of any kind is great but how do we reach the end goal? Making regular checks of our goals is a sure way to keep us on track and accountable.
1. With any goal we set we need to be able to measure how we are progressing.
Setting a goal can sometimes be overwhelming. We usually aim high and then struggle getting to the end point. Any goal including fitness and health goals need to use the SMART principle. This means your goal needs to be:
- Specific – it is more than saying I want to be fit. You need to be specific about what fitness means.
- Measurable – do you want to lose weight? do you want to walk 5K? You need to have some means to measure your progress
- Achievable – your goal needs to be something that is within your power to achieve
- Realistic – don’t make a goal of running a marathon in 3 months when you have never run before.
- Time-bound – set a deadline for when you want to achieve your goal
2. Keeps us motivated or gives us a reality check
Measuring our progress regularly helps to keep us motivated or give ourselves a kick up the rear! We all know when we aren’t really giving our all or the opposite. If you are serious about achieving your goal you need to track your progress and take a reality check. If you are achieving then you are motivated to keep going. If not, then you might need to reassess – see #3.
3. Helps us to identify what is working and what isn’t
Sometimes, no matter how hard you are trying, things just aren’t working for you. Life may get in the way or the approach to achieving your goal may not be right for you at the time. Checking your progress will help you identify what changes you may need to make to keep on track to success.
What happens if you aren’t progressing?
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP! Recognise that you have fallen off track and get back on. It is your choice and you have the power within you. If you need help, ask for support. When I was training for my marathon, sometimes it was hard to keep training and not ask myself ‘Why am I doing this’?
I enlisted the help of my running buddies, The Saturday Sisters, to join me on training runs and one of them actually decided to do the marathon with me. My husband supported me and helped keep me on track with healthy meals.
A quick recap of my progress
I’m making progress in some areas but not all at the moment:
- I’m exercising regularly – at the moment I’m achieving at least 4 days per week
- I’ve cut down on alcohol and only have a drink 1 – 2 days per week
- I’m making a conscious effort to cut down on the ‘treats’
- I still need to take a break from technology more regularly – that is so hard but I will do it
- My morning ritual still needs to become daily not just when I think about it