These are my tips for tracking your progress while completing the 30 Day Hooping Body Challenge, while I have written these with the challenge in mind they are pretty relevant to any form of fitness and weight loss program.
When I first started hooping I could only hoop for 47 seconds. I know this because every day I would take my hoop outside and holding my stopwatch in my hand force myself to beat the time I got the day before. It seems funny now but I often tell people new to my hooping classes about this because the reality is that to make progress you have to understand where you are starting from and keep track of the new achievements you reach. Everyone has different starting points at the brilliant part about hooping is that the more often you drop your hoop, the more progress you are making!
I recomend always weighing yourself in the smaller unit possible. Because of this I use pounds instead of kilograms, and centimetres arther than inches. Little numbers move more quickly, and I like having the change in numbers as a bigger number helps to keep me motivated! It is really important that you track your measurements as well as your weight: weight is a great indicator of healthy changes but not the best one by itself because hydration, muscle mass and clothing tend to interefere with this. Take a photo of yourself at Day 1, Day 15 and Day 30 and keeo a track of all of the measurements of your body!
Weight: Pretty self explanatory, use a scale that is reliable and placed on a hard flat surface such as hardwood or linoleum. Try to weigh yourself at the same time of the day using the same set of scales each time. I weigh myself in pounds. For a long term weight loss goal its a great idea to start with two jars and put marbles in one of them representing each pound you have that you would like to lose. Every time you lose a pound, move the pebble to the other jar to keep a great visual track of your journey!
Waist: Place the measuring tape around your waist snugly, your waist is the smallest part of your torso located somewhere above your belly button. Make sure that the measuring tape is level (makes a straight line around your waist) and is not twisted. I measure myself in cm.
Hips: Place the measuring tape around your hips snugly, try to line the tape up straight around from where your hip bones are, this should be the widest part of your torso. Make sure that the measuring tape is level (makes a straight line around your waist) and is not twisted. I measure myself in cm.
Chest: Place the measuring tape around your chest snugly sitting underneath your breast/pec line. Make sure that the measuring tape is level (makes a straight line around your waist) and is not twisted. I measure myself in cm.
These are the minimum places to measure, you can add other body parts such around under your arms, across the widest part of your bum, and around your neck, thighs and biceps. Use these numbers to set targets and recognise milestones such as every 10, 20 or 30 cm lost.