How to Measure Your Body to Track Fitness
Have you ever spent several weeks exercising and watching your diet, only to watch the scale stay at the exact same number day after day? We all have and there’s a good reason for that: The scale doesn’t tell the whole story.
When you exercise, you are building muscle which can lead to weight gain. Muscle is denser than fat, meaning a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. So what can seem like weight gain (or fat gain) on a scale, may actually just be muscle gain, which is a great thing!
Measuring inches is a great option for tracking progress because it doesn’t require any fancy equipment and anyone can do it. Taking your measurements can give you an idea of where you’re losing fat, which is important since we all lose fat in different areas and in a different order.
Taking your measurements can help reassure you that things are happening—even if you’re not losing fat exactly where you want just yet.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Use a soft plastic or cloth tape measure and place it directly on bare skin. Place the tape measure firmly around your body, but don’t pull so tight that you smash your skin or cause dimples.
2. Take your measurements at the same time of day – in the morning or after you Oxycise!
3. Always measure at the same spot on your body.
4. When measuring chest or waist, first take in a full breath, then force out all your air. Take your measurement while all your air is out. This way you’ll be able to measure consistently.
5. Measure only those body areas that you are interested in tracking.
6. Chest: Choose where you want to measure — chest, bust or rib cage (for ladies right under your bust, wherethe lower part of your bra rests.)
7. Waist: Measure the smallest part of your waist, usually over your navel.
8. Hips: Stand with feet together and place measuring tape around your torso, across the largest part of your bottom. Look in a mirror to help with your placement at first.
9. Leg: Measure only one leg since both legs will have similar results. Stand up straight with weight on both legs and measure the largest part of your leg — usually the upper thigh. You may also choose to measure the thickest part of your calf.
10. Have someone help you take your measurements in needed.
Remember that your body size will have fluctuations as you generally move in a downward direction. Follow the Oxycise! System consistently and you will be amazed as your extra inches melt away!
Karen’s Oxycise Inch Loss
I was just going over my measurements this AM, and went back to the records I kept when I started doing Oxycise.
I realized this morning that I have finally lost that 10 lbs I have been working on. It wasn’t the weight that really caught my attention today but my measurements. I have lost:
3″ from my waist,
3″ from my hips
3″ from my chest
1 1/2″ from each arm
1″ from each thigh and
1″+ from each calf (my calves have affectionately been called cows so I’ll take all the help I can get).
So I have lost 16-18″ from my body and it feels great. Thank You! Thank you!
I love to O! when I first get up in the morning. It wakes me up better than coffee and gives me the edge to keep on going all day. I also use O! when I go for my walk at lunch. It really works well on those abs.
I don’t plan to stop O!ing any time soon. It just makes me feel so good. I know that my body is still a work in progress, because it hasn’t stopped changing yet.
I just had to let you know that I am another happy customer.
Thanks from Karen