It’s been said time and again, “If you’re not assessing, you’re just guessing.”  I’ve heard many great coaches say this and it definitely holds true.  (I tried to find the origin of this quote, but no luck it seems.)

If you're not assessing, you're just guessing.
If you’re not assessing, you’re just guessing.

The issue with assessing health, wellness, and fitness parameters is that no one system is perfect.  This means that two different people may track and assess two very different variables.

There really is no right or wrong answer here.  And you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole .

In order for assessments to be useful they should not increase a person’s level of stress.  For some the idea of weighing themselves each week can send them into a negative spiral.  If this is the case for you, don’t use it.  It really is that simple.

The key here is to figure out what works for you individually.  There are lots of options like:

  • Body Assessments
    • Weight
    • Body fat %
    • Fit of your clothes.
    • Measurements
    • Pictures
  • Strength
    • Weight lifted
    • Sets and reps to fatigue.
  • Endurance
    • Time to fatigue.
    • Heart rate
    • Distance
  • Nutrition
    • Calories
    • Hydration
    • Serving sizes
    • Hunger/satiety
    • Points

The list really could on and on.  Find what works for you and is something you will actually do consistently.

For myself, I like to track a lot of different metrics that would probably give most others analysis paralysis, but it helps me to see the bigger picture.  I know that if a couple of numbers aren’t moving, but others are then I’m on the right track and eventually things will even out.  Plus it allows me to see where I may have gotten off a bit.

Now for clients it’s about doing just enough and no more.  That really is what succeeding at health, wellness, and fitness is all about.

Just remember to pick something (or a few things) to assess and work at doing that consistently.  Next you need to decide how often you’ll record your progress, I prefer assessing weekly or bi-weekly.  After you see how those assessments are going, if you want to add more things to the list of assessments, that’s totally cool too.

In the mean time I want to hear from you, what do you choose to assess?  Does weighing yourself make you crazy?  Let me know in the comments below.

To read other posts from the New Year’s Resolution series choose a link below:

  • Resolutions that actually work.
    • A new year offers time for reflection and resolutions. Most will fail, but this is a super simple way to increase your chances of success.
  • New Year’s Resolutions- Creating Fitness Goals.
    • Creating fitness goals for New Year’s resolutions with a simple plan and specific examples. Overcome obstacles to achieve fitness success.
  • Nutrition Goals for the New Year
    • Nutrition goals don’t have to be hard and intimidating. In fact they really shouldn’t be. This is about creating long term change, not a diet that you’ll quit in a week.
  • Health and Wellness Goals for the New Year
    • Health & wellness is about more than just fitness & nutrition. Your mental & emotional health makes an impact on your overall physical well-being as well.
  • Family Time Goals for the New Year
    • Family time is such an important part of many of our lives. Set family time goals to actually get to enjoy it and make it meaningful.
  • Work-Life Goals for the New Year
    • Work-life balance is important for mental, emotional, & physical health. Not just for mom’s that work outside of the home. Find balance by creating goals.



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