Why Workout Tracking is the Key to Smashing Goals
Are you sick of never achieving your fitness goals? Maybe you need a new way to set goals for your unique body and fitness level. Or perhaps you need something to help you stay motivated.
Tracking your workouts can help.
Here, we’re going over how to track your workouts and why OOMPH’s new Apple Watch app can help you smash your fitness goals this year.
How to Track Workouts – Use an App!
When you use an app to track your workouts, you’re far more likely to achieve and even exceed your fitness goals. Tracking your workouts help you to:
- Stay motivated
- Set realistic targets
- Aim to be better than your past self
- See quantifiable results
After each workout, you’ll have the actual numbers to tell you more about your performance so that you’re always excited to come back for more and reach higher goals. Plus, you’ll only ever be competing with your past self (and no one else) when you track your workouts on an app.
So, overall, workout tracking is the absolute best strategy if you’re ready to reach your fitness goals once and for all. But, if you’re not sure what to track on your fitness app, here are a few measurements to start with:
- Heart rate BPM
- Heart rate zone
- Calories burned
Heart Rate BPM
First, a fitness app like the OOMPH Apple Watch app can measure your heart rate in BPM. BPM stands for beats per minute and it’s an important metric for navigating your overall cardio health and fitness.
There are two different measurements that you’ll want to pay attention to when it comes to BPM – resting heart rate and active heart rate.
Both of these measurements can vary greatly from person to person and even within yourself, your BPM measurements can fluctuate based on your age, fitness level, and other lifestyle factors.
As a generalization, a lower BPM signifies that your heart is beating fewer times per minute and therefore is functioning more efficiently. It essentially means that your heart needs fewer pumps to push blood throughout your body, signaling that your heart is healthy and strong.
A “normal” resting heart rate is between 60 to 100 BPM. However, when we start to measure our active heart rate, things are a lot more variable. That’s where heart rate zones come in.
Heart Rate Zone
You heart rate zone helps you target a specific heart rate depending on the intensity of your workout. Tracking which heart rate zone you reached during a workout can help tell you how efficiently your body worked.
For example, your low-intensity zone means you’re working out at around 50% to 60% of your max heart rate but 85% of the calories you burn will be fat. Your temperate zone means you’re reaching 60% to 70% of your max heart rate with around 65% of the calories burned being fat. And your aerobic heart rate zone pushes you to 70% to 80% of your max with about 45% of calories burned being fat.
In short, calories burned are not the same as fat burned and, depending on your goals, this is where targeting specific heart rate zones matters.
Similar to your BPM measurements, your target heart rate zones will vary depending on your age and fitness level, but in general, this chart shows you what you might aim for when trying to reach your fitness goals.
Remember that you’ll need to know your max heart rate to find the appropriate heart rate zones to measure. See the chart below to figure out a “normal” max heart rate for your age.
Finally, tracking your workouts with an Apple Watch app means that you can calculate an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned during a workout to help you reach your fitness goals faster.
While counting calories is a little more complicated than just calories in vs calories out, simply tracking your calorie intake against your calorie output can help you become more aware of your eating habits and workout intensity so that you can make adjustments when necessary.
Workout tracking is about learning more about yourself and about your body to help you make educated decisions about your unique fitness journey.
So, by tracking your body during your workouts instead of finding arbitrary numbers online, you can learn about your own measurements and meet your fitness goals using real data.
Ready to get started?!
Try OOMPH’s new Apple Watch app to track your workouts. You’ll be smashing those goals in no time.