In the world of big business you want to be able to measure everything. By being able to measure everything you can then employ people to analyse and interpret the results and suggest meaningful ways to improve your measurements. This in itself takes a lot of time and effort for teams of professionals. In the world of health and fitness we're also encouraged to take a multitude of measurements, analyse them and create a plan for improvement moving forward. But, at times, do we look to measure things with numbers that we really don't need to? Do we get caught up in the number game so much we lose our focus on the end goal?
With thousands of new apps and affordable pieces of medical equipment out there we are beginning to run the risk to over analysing ourselves. You can get apps to measure all sorts of different things now but how accurate are they, and how important is the thing you're measuring? Don't get us wrong, measurements at times do provide help hints of how things are going and can be a good way to motivate some people. However, we believe there's more to it than just the numbers.
We believe that to feel healthy and fit you need to listen to your body. What we mean by that is taking note of how your muscles, joints, heart, lungs and general body composition feels to you. After each week you can do the same, have a think about how you feel and feel if there's a change. We're sure that with the right program and completing the right activities you'll actually feel tangible change. Sometimes if you just measure with numbers and guidelines it'll say there's not been a change - we could be measuring the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong way and with the wrong instrument. And anyway, who says the guideline numbers work for you? BMI is a great example. BMI is a measurement that was designed to give an indication of the overall health and fitness of a population - millions of people. It was not designed for use on an individual basis but now, somehow, it's one of the key focuses of people all over the developed world. Whilst we're on that topic, who's to say that a BMI of 27 is too high for you? Maybe for you it's perfect...
We don't want this post to sound like a moan or us complaining, all we want to do is take your focus away from some of the numbers and guidelines that are used and actually get you to listen to your body. Listen to your body and it'll tell you if you're not fit enough, if you get aches and pains, if you get ill to often, if you injure yourself regularly etc... If you listen to your body you'll know what you need to work on and will also tell you as it gets better. If you spend months working on it and it gets no better then maybe you need to get a little advice or help to get you back on track.
Just have a think about it - does the number on the scales mean as much to you as feeling fit and healthy? It doesn't to us.