Non Scale Victories
Mood Booster! To paraphrase a few people I've trained, "I wasn't in a great mood, but I'm already feeling better." And that was just after the warmup :)
Here is a list of health & fitness victories that have nothing to do with the number on the scale. I'll break them down into 3 categories: Physical, Mental, & Fitness
Physical NON SCALE VICTORIES
Your shirt is a little baggier (for weight loss goals)
The waist of your jeans is bigger.
You have to tighten your belt a little more.
Your tights aren't so tight anymore.
Your rings are looser on your fingers.
Everyday aches and pains are fading away.
Your clothes are tighter in certain areas. (Muscle gaining goals.)
Sleeves are a little tighter (who needs sleeves anyway!)
The quad part of your jeans are tighter, but the waist is looser (Squat problems!)
People taking notice of your body changing.
MENTAL NON SCALE VICTORIES
Exercise releases endorphin's, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria.
Help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Helps your memory.
Boost brain power.
For some, working out helps with better sleep.
Help inspire others.
FITNESS NON SCALE VICTORIES
Going from the couch to walking.
Being able to jog to that stop sign.
Running your first mile.
5K. 10K. 1/2 Marathon. Full Marathon.
Completing an obstacle race.
Doing your 1st Pull-up or 1st standard Pushup.
Going for, and crushing, a lift that you thought was impossible.
Getting on a bike for the first time since you were 12.
Going out and playing a sport.
Going for a long hike.
Doing every day things that use to tire you, and now you feel great.
I just named about 30 things that can benefit you with everyday exercise. And not ONE had to do with the scale or your weight.
According to the American Heart Association, it's recommended to exercise from 150 minutes a week (moderate intensity), to just 75 minutes a week (higher intensity).
Who doesn't have 30 minutes a day for 5 days. Or 25 minutes a day for 3?!?! We ALL do! Even if you split it up to 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. It all counts!
No go out and move your body!