Healthy Series: Body Measurements

There are so many different weighs to measure yourself.

I know the term tends to lean towards using a tape measure and taking inches, but that’s just one method.

Here are some tips or possible ways to measure yourself and your health!

1 – Inches! Get out that tape measure and track your inches. You can do this once at the beginning of a weight loss plan and then again at the end. Or, just try measuring yourself regularly (once a week, once a month, etc) to track over time.

Here’s a link to an article from sparkpeople.com that will help you learn more about tape measuring yourself.

 

2. Fit! How do your clothes fit? If you’re doing this, you need to look at the clothes you currently own. Don’t get all bent out of shape if you head to your local jeans retailer and the size you normally wear doesn’t fit because jean sizes vary. If things are feeling a bit snug, you’ll know its time to cut back on the indulgences (hello, ice cream season!). I use my clothes to keep me on track. I also keep a few sizes in my closet for those days that are just bloated kind of days. Along with fit comes “feel” how do you feel in the morning when you wake up? I have a salt issue so sometimes I wake up and I feel bloated and swollen and I know I need to take a break and cut back on salt.

 

3. Scale! Get on that thing. I tend to go back and forth between weighing myself once a week and and weighing myself once a day. Once a day is great for when I’m really in crunch time or working on goals (ie. I’d like to be in a bikini before summer is over). But for many people they can become obsessive and step on the scale too often. If you find you’re thinking about the number too much, take it back to once a week or once every other week. Same thing if you’re just “maintaining” weight. It’s great to step on just to make sure you’re not taking in too much ice cream (can you tell I want ice cream today?).

 

4. Body Composition! This requires stepping on a different type of scale to get the answers you want. Comparing your fat to muscle ratios or percentages is a great way to look at overall health. I am a healthy weight and have a healthy body fat percentage, but my weight is more even-keeled than my body fat. If i lift more weights and gain more muscle I will increase my muscle mass and decrease my body fat and thus, increase my overall health. Plus, I’d be less jiggly and more bikini wiggly. :oP

 

5. Pace/Weight/Duration! Measure your body by what your body can do. How far can your run? How long can you run before you need a break? How much weight can you lift in a bench press or how many reps can you do of bicep curls. What can your body do? I am always trying to improve what I can do!

 

So how do you measure yourself? Do you use different methods?

 

~H

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