Track How Far You’ve Come

It’s only been a month since you’ve made the commitment to become more physically active, but, believe it or not, you’ve already made a ton of progress:

Week one, you talked to your doctor about some important personal health measurements such as blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, and Body Mass Index; week two, you’ve begun to use daily activities, chores, and hobbies to slowly ease the transition from a sedentary to a more active lifestyle; and week three, you’ve recommitted to your workout routine and recognized how incremental progress adds up if you just stick with it.

This fourth and final week is all about tracking and celebrating how far you’ve come.

A month might not seem like enough time to see or feel any physical improvements, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly your body can change and adapt. You may have noticed that you have more energy, that your groceries feel lighter, and that it’s easier to go up and down the stairs.

When making a lifestyle change, especially one related to your physical fitness, periodically tracking your accomplishments allows you to enjoy the journey as it’s happening; but more importantly, a monthly re-evaluation will motivate you to continue to persevere when the pace of improvement slows as well as assess what aspects of your routine need an adjustment.

Because success is not as much an outcome or end result as it is a process. So, keep up the good work and use this Monday to see far how you’ve come.