At the start of a new year, we’re overloaded with so many weight loss messages, that even the most confident of us can feel under pressure to lose weight…
…And those of us who may not even need to, question if they should be trying to or not.
This leads to us logging into our Amazon accounts and buying a brand new set of scales, or even dusting off the old ones, to keep ourselves on track.
But being healthy is ultimately about feeling healthy – and has very little to do with the number on the scale.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the scales don’t have their place – they do, especially if you’re tracking your weight-loss progress. But spending too much time focusing on the number can discourage you.
Often times when you think you’ve dropped weight after a strict diet and sticking to your exercise plan, you discover you haven’t lost as much as you thought you have, or you don’t see the number you were hoping to see (which can be for many different reasons by the way!)
Instead of getting disheartened by what you weigh and dreading stepping on the scales, why not resolve to monitor your health and fitness in a more positive light during the rest of 2017?
Here’s a few ways you can track your progress after putting those bathroom scales to the side;
Lets start with the most noticeable one – your energy levels. Taking note of whether you feel sluggish or full of beans, can be a good indicator of your overall health.
Chances are, if you’re eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising daily, you’ll be feeling the benefits. You’ll feel more alert, have a better nights sleep and won’t feel that ‘afternoon slump’ so many of us suffer from.
If weight loss is your main goal, remember, feeling healthy is the first step in looking and feeling your best. So, don’t brush off the inside-out effects of your new lifestyle.
Next lets talk about sleep.
We spend close to a third of our lives doing it, and when we get enough of it – we feel great!
It’s fact that we need sleep for our physical, mental and emotional health. The number of hours you sleep is important, but the quality of sleep is just as important.
If you’re unable to get a good nights sleep it could be a sign that you’re not experiencing peak health and fitness.
Cutting down on alcohol and stimulants like cigarettes and caffeine before bed should help you drift off easier, as well as making time for you before you switch the lights off.
How we start our day, is just as important as how we end it.
Don’t forget about how your mood can influence your health, it’s closely linked to healthy eating and fuelling your body.
If you’re feeling a little low, or you have a short fuse, this can be a sign that it’s time to make some lifestyle changes.
If you’re in a good mood, that’s great! It can be a reflection of good health.
Losing your temper can happen when your blood sugar is low, so eating balanced meals is key. Plus, adding more exercise into your week can help as movement releases those feel-good chemicals.
Did you know your skin is the biggest organ in your body? Well, it is! And how your skins looks can be a good reflection of what’s going on inside your body.
With hundreds of different skin problems, there’s multiple signs that your skin can indicate you’re not experiencing peak health. Two of the most common signs being paleness and itchy skin.
So pay attention to how radiant (or not so radiant) your skin looks, and switch up your lifestyle habits if needs be.
At the end of the day, “what are your real goals?” is the main question you need to ask yourself. It’s not what you’ve been told to want, it’s what YOU want.
The scales don’t measure how strong you’re becoming, how much better you feel, if you can walk the stairs without losing your breath, or if you can play with your grandkids for hours.
Don’t let the number on the scale rule your life and how you feel, judge your progress by ‘health’ instead and you’ll learn how to listen to your body and your efforts will pay off.
Judge your progress by ‘health’ instead of the number on the scale and you’ll learn how to listen to your body. Your efforts will pay off.
Have a great day!