FEELING GREAT: No need for scales when measuring health

In January, we’re overloaded with so many weight loss messages, that even the most confident of us can feel under pressure to lose weight…

By Paul Gough
Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 12:00 am
Sleep is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

And those of us who may not even need to shift a few pounds, question if they should be trying to or not. A lot of us end up logging into Amazon and buying a brand new set of scales or dusting off the old scales and putting them to good use again. But being healthy is ultimately about feeling healthy – and has very little to with the number on the scale.

I’m not saying the scales don’t have their place – they do, especially if you’re tracking your weight-loss progress. But spending too much time focusing on the number can discourage you.

Here’s a few ways you can track your progress after putting those bathroom scales to the side.

Energy Levels

Taking note of whether you feel sluggish or full of beans, can be a good indicator of your overall health. Chances are, if you’re eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising daily, you’ll be feeling the benefits. You’ll feel more alert, have a better nights’ sleep and won’t feel that ‘afternoon slump’ so many of us suffer from.

Sleep

We spend close to a third of our lives doing it, and when we get enough of it – we feel great! It’s a fact that we need sleep for our physical, mental and emotional health. The number of hours you sleep is important, but the quality of sleep is just as important. If you’re unable to get a good nights’ sleep it could be a sign that you’re not experiencing peak health and fitness.

Mood

Your mood is closely linked to healthy eating and fuelling your body. If you’re in a good mood, that’s great! It can be a reflection of good health. But on the other hand, if you’re feeling a little low, or you’ve got a short fuse, this can be a sign that it’s time to make some lifestyle changes.

Losing your temper can happen when your blood sugar is low, so eating balanced meals is key.

The scales don’t measure how strong you’re becoming, how much better you feel, if you can walk the stairs without losing your breath, or if you can play with your grandkids for hours.

Don’t let the number on the scale rule your life and how you feel, judge your progress by ‘health’ instead and you’ll learn how to listen to your body and your efforts will pay off.

For more ways on how to stick to healthy habits and feel great no matter what age you are, click here to get your copy of Paul’s book, The Healthy Habit: www.thehealthyhabitbook.com