When attempting to change your body shape in any way its important to track your progress so you can see results as they happen, this will give your motivation a huge boost and will also show that your efforts are not being wasted.
To get a true gauge of progress you should take measurements from 4 areas of the body, these are your chest, arms, thighs and waist. You will need to get a friend or partner to help you with the measurements, as some will be very tricky to do on your own, it will also make them more accurate.
Measuring your Chest
- Raise your arms to the side so they are parallel with the floor and breathe normally
- Now take the tape around the chest and measure at nipple height
Measuring your Arms
- With your arms straight, raise them to the side so they are parallel to the floor
- Bend the elbows to 90 degrees
- Turn your palms inwards so they are facing your head
- Clench your fists and tense the biceps (keep them tense)
- Now take the measurement from the fattest part of the arm, this is usually the middle of the biceps.
Measuring your Thighs
- Stand with both feet together
- Take a normal step forward with one leg
- Bend the knee of your back leg and keep the front leg straight
- Measure the thigh of the front leg halfway between the hip and the knee
Measuring your Waist
- With your arms straight, raise them to the side so they are parallel to the floor and breathe normally
- Measure the waist at your belly button
The best time to take your body measurements
Ideally measurements will be taken now, so you have a clear starting point, then you should take the measurements on a regular basis, I would recommend doing them on a fortnightly or monthly basis, some of you will be tempted to do them weekly or even daily, I would advise against this as you won’t see changes on a daily or even weekly basis and this will only upset you.
If you do measure on a monthly basis, do them on the same day and time each month, e.g. 3rd of the month at 10:00am.