Health & Wellness

Why Checking progress on your health and fitness goals is essential

January 31, 2018
The Top 3 Benefits of Checking your Health & Fitness Progress

The Top 3 Benefits of Checking your Health & Fitness Progress

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.

Why?

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

How are your wellness goals progressing? Struggling? Doing Well?  Share with me in the comments below.

Don’t have any?  It is never too late to start – why not start today!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Natalie January 31, 2018 at 05:56

    Agreed with you, Sue, about tracking our goals and progress. I’m doing very well with my wellness goals. Looking forward to you joining us again on Wellness Wednesday on Feb.7.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2018 at 13:54

      Thanks Natalie I have my post ready to go!

  • Reply Jo Tracey February 1, 2018 at 09:16

    I’m doing ok…not great, but ok – & I’m good with that. The alcohol thing still needs to happen & I’m dreading what will happen with my routine in Feb with a heap of work based travel… I suspect it will be a best efforts type of situation…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2018 at 17:36

      Life will always get in the way Jo so all we can do is keep trying. Sometimes we will be off track but the important thing is to get back on track when we can. I’m sure you are doing great! Have a wonderful weekend, looks like a wet one coming up!

  • Reply Suger February 1, 2018 at 10:54

    I’ve always found it hard to balance my goals, whatever they may be, and never feel like there is a middle ground. I’m going to pin this and come back to it when I have time to really sit down with it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2018 at 17:34

      Hi Suger it is hard but hopefully these tips might help you keep on track. Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle February 1, 2018 at 11:00

    Ahhh the SMART principal takes me back to my project management days. I’m doing pretty good with exercise – having ramped up my Reformer Pilates to 3 times per week and increasing my walking. I haven’t done so well in the area of stress though, with recent personal events having taken a toll. I also need to take more time away from my phone and social media etc. Fortunately a 2 week beach holiday coming up with help in many ways – with the stress, grief, and digital detox. Can’t wait for early morning and late afternoon beach walks and the beautiful salt air and sound of the ocean. They are nature’s best medicine. 🙂 xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2018 at 17:32

      Yes the SMART principal is still valid in life I believe, Min. Great work with the pilates. My friends go after work each Monday but I haven’t found a class time to suit me. I’m sure the beach holiday will do you wonders and time to reflect, relax and restore your mind, body and soul. Have a wonderful time xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 1, 2018 at 14:05

    You are so right Sue – I don’t weigh myself because I hate the pressure it puts on me, but now that I’m being more serious about increasing my steps and decreasing my eating, I don’t have a starting weight to compare myself to. Still, I figure when my pants get loose I’ll know I’ve achieved my goal! I’ve started wearing a fitbit and that has been a huge wakeup call as to increasing my walking (by doubling the daily walks to try to reach the magic 10,000 steps – I was a long way off before with that). So at least some of my exercise is measurable.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2018 at 20:54

      My PT once told me not to get on the scales at all. Her philosophy was that if you eat right and exercise regularly it will all happen. She would measure us every 8 weeks but as you say your clothes are a good indicator. Good for you with the fit bit and trying for the 10,000 steps. A great start to the year! xx

  • Reply Deborah February 1, 2018 at 14:13

    I’ve not really set any firm goals in terms of my fitness but I guess have focussed a little more on how I want to feel – if that makes sense.

    I’m kinda happy with what I’m doing at the moment, which is weird as I’m not doing much – but it feels sustainable and I feel healthy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2018 at 20:52

      The main thing is that you feel happy Deb so you must be doing something right. Perhaps now that you have reached 50 you are finding an inner peace and comfort level with yourself. Have a beautiful week! xx

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project February 4, 2018 at 09:29

    Thanks for the great reminders Sue. If we don’t have our health, we can’t really achieve anything else in life 🙂 x #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2018 at 11:04

      Health is Wealth as the saying goes Lyndall. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful Sunday xx

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski February 5, 2018 at 14:56

    I wear a Fitbit and almost always do 15,000 every day. I feel so much better. It’s still a struggle to lose extra weight even though I eat real food with no sweets, except on occasion. Too much sitting in between on my computer and emotional snacking.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 6, 2018 at 13:06

      Wow that is fantastic Rebecca! The sitting for long periods is something I struggle with also. Once I’m at the computer it is hard to tear myself away and then 2 or 3 hours have passed! Have a great week and keep up the steps you are doing so well. x

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