The health and fitness industry is slowly becoming more and more predicated on instant gratifications. Every corner we turn, it's a rapid transformation story, a get-fit-quick fad diet, or someone trying to convince us to drink a tea that will magically help us lose weight quicker.
I'm a fitness professional, and I've noticed that it's only gotten worse since we became highly connected with our various social media outlets. It's tempting to compare ourselves to someone who lost 10 pounds in three weeks and wonder why that didn't happen for us.
You start to compare your fitness journey with their journey and that can lead to you making less-than-ideal choices with your health since you're acting more on emotion than logic. Focusing solely on the scale throughout your fitness journey is going to stress you out and potentially prevent you from enjoying the journey of transforming into a new and stronger you.
Sometimes the scale won't go down as quickly as you'd like, but this doesn't equate to you not doing a good job. If the number on the scale isn't changing, how do you know if you're making progress or not?
Simple: Look for the intangibles of fitness. The intangibles are small and often overlooked indicators of progress in the early stages of your fitness journey. The intangibles provide momentum, confidence, and clarity that you're on the right track in your fitness journey. Before the external results manifest, your intangibles will show up. Here are four signs that you're making progress despite what the scale says.