How to take proper body measurements

Taking proper body measurements is extremely important when beginning any new fitness program. The main purpose of this is to have a starting point so you can see your progress. The one thing I advise all my clients especially when first starting their fitness journey is to not pay much attention to the scale for a little while. Yes it’s important to periodically use the scale to track PART of the results but it is not the only tool to use.

Why shouldn’t I use the scale often at first? When beginning a new workout routine, the muscles will suffer from what is known as DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness. What this means is that muscles aren’t accustomed to working out and will become inflamed. When this occurs you will naturally get sore for 24-72 hours. The body’s defense and repair mechanisms come into play and will retain fluids which in turn causes TEMPORARY weight gain. After a few weeks of acclimating to the new program, this soreness will be less frequent and the fluids will dissipate.

That being said, this video will explain how to properly measure yourself when starting any new program as well as charting progress at certain points along the journey.

Taking accurate and consistent measurements is very important in charting your progress through your fitness journey. This will not only provide motivation it will provide direction and let you know what’s working and what isn’t working.

Just remember though, don’t let some numbers keep you from achieving your fitness goals and enjoying a healthy, fulfilling life!! Health and wellness is a journey and by doing SOMETHING you are improving your life. Getting the proper nutrition and exercising will help change all of your measurements and with the proper guidance results WILL come.

Author:Michael McDonald

Fitness nut who golfs and rides motorcycles. Diagnosed with COPD in 2009 which got me started on a healthier path in my life. Now I share my experience to help give people hope.

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