February 13, 2021 2 min read

When it comes to evidence of success on our fitness journey, it doesn’t always look like a number on the scale, monumental milestones or finally reaching the end goal. It’s actually the small, unexpected wins along the way that can make the biggest difference—the hidden wins. 

Not sure what your hidden wins may look like? Here’s a few to get you started. 

  1. It’s all about perspective - Sometimes you have to take a step back to look at the bigger picture to see how far you’ve come. A great way to do that is to remember where you started and write down things that have changed. 
  2. The way we feel speaks volumesIt can be easy to rely on numbers as measurements of progress and success, but numbers don’t tell the whole story. Things like quality of sleep, stress tolerance, energy and improved mood are all great ways to gauge valuable progress that can’t be quantified. 
  3. Our body’s capabilities matterWe may not always see the progress when we look in the mirror, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Holding a plank for just 10 seconds longer, going the extra mile (literally) and getting less winded when climbing stairs are all indications of internal shifts towards better health.
  4. With repetition comes motivation The more we do something, the easier it becomes and when it comes to exercising, consistency breeds motivation. It’s never easy to start working out, but take note of how you feel now versus when you started; things like it being easier to get out of bed for an early morning workout and increased determination are clear indications you’re moving in the right direction. 
  5. Step out of your comfort zone Growth isn’t comfortable. Just as our muscles have to undergo strain to grow stronger, so does every aspect of our well-being. This could be taking an intimidating HIIT class or trying yoga. Any bit of discomfort takes you one step closer toward your goals and deserves celebration. 
Progress isn’t always linear; what looks and feels like two steps back can actually be multiple steps forward. However, when we don’t hold that in mind, reaching our goals can feel borderline impossible—especially when forward momentum takes longer than we hope. But, what do we do when we remember progress isn’t always a straight line and still feel discouraged? We show ourselves patience and trust the process—and that includes finding and celebrating every single win, no matter how small it may seem.