You gently step on the scale, making sure to avoid adding any extra pressure, and wait in anticipation as it determines whether that extra scoop of ice cream stuck to your love handles or if working out an extra day helped you lose that extra pound. The scale finally reveals the winning number- leaving you feeling satisfied or discouraged.
So let’s face it, the number on the scale can be intimidating, but I’m here to tell you two things:
1. The scale doesn’t accurately portray your health.
2. Your weight does not determine your worth. You are far more valuable than a number.
Scales are not entirely bad, but they should not be your only go-to for keeping track of your overall health and fitness progress. There are a few reasons why the scale doesn’t matter as much as you may think:
· Muscle weighs more than fat. Therefore, when you are gaining muscle and losing fat, you will more than likely start to weigh more.
· Our weight fluctuates throughout the day because of water retention. This explains one of the reasons we weigh less in the morning than we do at night.
· A certain weight doesn’t always determine health. There are many factors that go into determining your actual overall health like: metabolism, hormones, cholesterol, diet, genetics and body frame size. The scale doesn’t incorporate any of these factors in your weight.
Keeping track of your fitness using progress photos and measurements can be an effective way to see the way your body is changing and becoming stronger. You can do this at the same time every week or every other week. Other ways to gauge your health is your ability to maintain endurance and increase the difficulty of your workouts. That's why at True40 we have modifications for every exercise that allow you to push yourself and intensify your workout as you become stronger.
It can be easy to let the scale make you feel defeated, but what matters the most is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Are you eating healthy? Are you working out frequently? Are you listening to your body and taking care of it? Doing these things will give you far better fitness and health improvements than if you just focus on the scale.
At True40, you often hear us say "be true, be you." We believe that everyone is created different and we are all "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) in the eyes of our Creator. The image below is an example of how He has given everyone a unique body. Different people carry weight in different ways and this is just another example of why the number on the scale doesn’t matter.
So strive for an overall healthy lifestyle, not a specific number on a scale. A scale can be useful, when used wisely and not obsessively, to get an idea of your fitness progress. However, during your fitness journey, there will be changes you can't see yet even though the number on the scale isn't budging. That's why it's so important to incorporate other factors when gauging your health. Remember that your healthy may not look like someone else's healthy, and there will be times when you hit plateaus or walls. What's important is your choice to push through and persevere.