No matter where you are in your fitness journey or what shape you’re in, I STRONGLY encourage you to take progress pictures. Not only do they keep you in check, but they are also very motivating…they either motivate you to work harder when you don’t notice improvement, OR they motivate and increase your momentum when you recognize the awesome results you’re achieving!
I recommend taking them on a monthly basis. Bi-weekly works too, but just make sure you are patient and don’t get discouraged if you don’t see a huge difference. Results take time.
Here’s how to take progress pics:
FRONT – stand tall with feet together, flex everything, smile
SIDE – stand tall, flex abs, lift arms up and out of the way
BACK – stand tall with feet together, shoulders back, flex arms
Stay consistent as possible with time of day, lighting, posture, your outfit, and even hair (up vs down can make you look differently).
Some other ways to measure progress:
- weigh yourself on a scale
- compare how your clothes fit
- calculate your BMI or body fat %
- measure areas of your body (ie: biceps, waist, hips, thighs)
It’s effective to use more than one way to measure your progress. I can’t emphasize enough how the bodyweight scale should NOT be your main determiner, as there are so many factors that go into how much you weigh. You will also fluctuate each day depending on what you ate, how much water your body is holding, how much you sweat, etc.
Alright, friends – the month just started, so take your progress pics today and see what your body is capable of in a month! And if you’re looking for some extra support with an online fitness program, let’s connect.