Metrics and Motivation – Track Your Progress

In studies of weight loss, it’s been shown repeatedly that people who count calories lose more weight than those who don’t. Same thing … you know someone (you) is watching. Another company, Core Performance, has found that workouts in which metrics are tracked (sets, reps, weight lifted, etc) make you fitter, because you will train more precisely and put in more effort if you know your going to be seeing your results. Again, someone (you) is watching. Not measuring and recording your results is synonymous with not being observed. Mason Goldbert, co-owner of Wicker Park Fitness says “People love to track things. It brings out their competitive spirit.”

Whatever your goal, it must contain the elements of the acronym SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Sensitive). Don’t forget the Measurable piece – it’s one key to motivation and consistency.

Some of the substance of this article comes from a story in Wired Magazine in July 2009.

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