There are a lot of business professionals, business owners, c-suite executives, and entrepreneurs who use MyoLabs products (such as PV-7). Obviously, their health and fitness are a priority to them. Yet, the one thing that not many people understand is that your body is similar to running a business. How so? Let me explain.
Your Body and Business Success Need to Be Aligned
What exactly does this mean? For starters, how do businesses stay in business? They need to make money, right? In order to make money, businesses need to make improvements to their systems, products, structure, etc. Your body is the same way.
One area where businesses put their focus is on the P&L report (profit and loss). This is a way to track how the business is doing overall so they have a comparison and can get an understanding of where they are succeeding and where they are failing. Your body is the same and needs its own P&L report.
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A key word used above is “TRACK.” A business that doesn’t track their results has no way of telling if they are showing profits or if they are on the brink of bankruptcy. Tracking weekly sales reports, quarterly reports, and annual reports gives them an idea of where they were, are, and can better forecast for the future.
You need to take the same concept and apply that to your health and fitness.
When it comes to your health, how do you know if you are losing weight or not? You probably step on the scale, correct? The number you read on the scale is just that – a number. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, how do you know if the weight you lost was body fat or muscle? You don’t unless you track more data.
Keep a spreadsheet and use it as a running log of your personal health and fitness data. Track your weight, body fat, and measurements.
The spreadsheet will give you an overview of how you are progressing with your goals. If you find you’re losing weight but your body fat has not changed, you could be losing muscle mass which means you need to change your training and nutrition to fix the issue. But if you find you’re losing weight and it’s body fat, you can take things one step further by checking which areas via calipers to see where you’re losing fat as well as checking your measurements to see where the inches lost are coming from.
In the end, you don’t know what you don’t know and that’s why tracking data is extremely important. It may seem tedious but, in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are so you are able to make the necessary adjustments to continue seeing the progress you desire and moving closer to your goals.
The Best Way to Track Your Progress
My personal recommendation is to download the app “MyFitnessPal” on your smartphone. The app is free and allows you to track your weight, nutrition, steps, and exercise. If you have any smart devices such as a Bluetooth scale or wearable technology, it may be able to automatically sync with MyFitnessPal to streamline your processes and do all the data input for you.
The one area where you’ll need to manually do some tracking is with your measurements. You can make an Excel spreadsheet or simply use a pen and paper to log everything and track your progress.
All in all, your body is just like a business and if you want to achieve success, you need to treat it as such.
Matt Weik, owner of Weik Fitness, LLC, is a well-respected fitness expert/author with a global following. His work has been featured all over the globe as well as having published more than a dozen books. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. Find out more at www.weikfitness.com.