I pair 4-month fitness challenges with a nutritional system and take my body measurements before and after each one. I used to resist measuring. It seemed narcissistic, hyper-focused and just another thing I’d have to do, until I met a medical doctor acupuncturist who helped bring my oldest daughter into this world. When she asked me to measure my basal body temperature to track my ovulation cycle I cringed. I didn’t want to stick a thermometer up my birth canal every morning to measure my temperature for ideal conception timing. “Would you?” I said to her. She smiled wisely and told me the best advice she ever received was one word: compartmentalize.
“When you don’t want to do something, but you know you need to do it, compartmentalize it,” she explained. “Do it and let it go. Don’t ruin your whole day ruminating over it.”
I’m a slow learner. Six days into my third 4-month fitness challenge, I started using a heart rate monitor and discovered my workouts for the past 8 months were nowhere close to where I targeted them to be. Must I admit that my husband, aka trainer Dave (he’s not a personal fitness trainer, he’s an engineer who takes his exercise quite seriously) suggested I use a heart rate monitor 12 years prior? He even bought me one; it sat in the box after using it a couple of times. Heart rate monitors make measuring workouts easy. Now that I’m using mine, I track how long I stay in my fat burning zone, how many total calories I burn, and my average and peak heart rates during each workout.
Set a goal and measure your results. It’s solid information you can lean on to see your progress, big or small. Usually progress is happening, it’s just not happening as fast as you’d like.
Peek inside Issue08 and learn four exercise essentials that keep you on track and moving towards your goal. What’s essential to your exercise routine? Post a comment and share. Your words heal.
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