What can you measure, you can manage.

What can you measure, you can manage.

To achieve your health and fitness goals you first need to decide what they are. If you don’t know your end goal you won’t have any direction and making decisions on what to do will be hard and confusing.

When it comes to setting goals you have probably heard of SMART goals. I’m not going to go into it in this post but this acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely. What I want to draw your attention to today is the Measurable aspect of the acronym as it is something that I feel like a lot of people miss and overlook.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure – Peter F Drucker

In relation to your health and fitness what does this mean? It means that unless you have some sort of measure of where you are at in the area you want to improve in you won’t know if you have or are making any sort of progress towards your goal. Which means you won’t know if you’re heading towards your goal or away from it.

Here are some examples of what i mean:

Goal – Weight Loss

Measures – Weight, Girth Measurements, Calories, Energy Expenditure

Goal – Improve Strength

Measures – Training Volume, Intensities & Weights (lifted)

Once you pick the measure that’s important for you to achieve your goal and you start tracking it you will be surprised at the difference it makes. 

If you think you need help in this area please make sure you reach out!

Nathan Spring