Finding the Hidden Wins in Your Fitness Journey
When it comes to evidence of success on our fitness journey, it’s not about a number on the scale, monumental milestones, or reaching an end goal. It’s actually the small, unexpected wins along the way —the hidden wins—that can make the biggest difference.
Since many of us aren’t sure what our hidden wins may look like, here are a few ideas to get us started.
- It’s all about perspective. Sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture to see how far we’ve come. A great way to do this is to remember where we started and write down things that have changed.
- The way we feel speaks volumes. It 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.
- Our body’s capabilities matter. We may not always see 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 toward better health.
- With repetition comes motivation. The more we do something, the easier it becomes. And with exercising, consistency breeds motivation. It’s never easy to start working out, but taking note of how we feel now versus when we first started is an important factor to consider. For example, having an easier time getting out of bed for an early morning workout, and having increased determination, are clear indications you’re moving in the right direction.
- Step out of your comfort zone. Growth isn’t comfortable. Just as our muscles must undergo strain to grow stronger, every aspect of our well-being also needs to grow. This could include taking an intimidating HIIT class or trying yoga. Any bit of discomfort takes us one step closer toward our goals and deserves celebration.
Progress isn’t always linear; what looks and feels like two steps back can actually be multiple steps forward. So it’s important to keep this in mind when it feels almost impossible to reach our goals. This is especially true when forward momentum takes longer than we hope. We need to remind ourselves to be patient, and that progress isn’t always a straight line. By trusting the process we will find and celebrate every single win, no matter how small it may seem.