Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tighten + Tone Tuesday: Baseline Assessments that DON'T Use a Scale!


Happy Tighten + Tone Tuesday!  This week you'll assess how tightened and toned you are right now and the best part is you WON'T need a scale to take most measurements (the exception is for males who will need to get on the scale for one optional assessment).

Taking your baseline measurements is a great way to track your progress.  If you have read my Goal Setting eBook, you know that a successful fitness goal must be a SMART goal.  I won't go into too much detail here, because that's what my eBook is for (didn't get yours yet? don't sweat it! it's yours when you subscribe to my newsletter HERE>>). A major part of a SMART goal lies in your ability to be able to Measure your progress as you work towards your goal.  One way to measure your progress towards a fitness goal is to track some body measurements over time.  If you have a fitness goal of "getting healthy", it's a lot harder to see if you've met that goal than if you are measuring your health by your body fat percentage.  The latter will result in a definite yes or no when you ask yourself if you've been successful.

Scales and weight measurements get a bad rep so today's measurements will focus on some other assessments you can complete and that health professionals use to assess patient health. The first assessment is a waist to hip ratio measurement and the second is a body fat percentage measurement.  Both assessments require circumference measurements. The video will explain what your score on each assessment reveals about your current health.  Just as with your old frenemy the scale, don't make these calculations if you don't think they will motivate you. You can always track the basic values from the circumference measurements shared here and compare those over time or take a before picture to track your progress.  Only do what will motivate you!

Ready to get some baseline measurements so you can see how awesome you are in a few weeks? Check out this week's video here:




Do you think you'll try these assessments? Do you prefer the scale? Share your thoughts with a comment below and please share this video if you found it helpful.