Is Day to Day measuring get you off track?
In this post I am going to quickly discuss tracking progress over time with rehab/pain recovery and my view of the best way to action this. The concept is also transferable to other areas and goals…Health, weight, business. Whatever the goal.
My personal advice would to be to avoid getting too bogged down with day to day scoring.
We know what pain can fluctuate day to day. Much like weight. These day to day fluctuations are rarely a good gauge of your progress.
Instead try to work in slightly broader blocks. I would recommend at least a monthly block. My personal choice favourite is a 12-week block. Yes, track your progress in smaller blocks throughout the period but don’t get bogged down with what the numbers are saying each day.
Instead, stick to your plan, programme, diet, work schedule or whatever it may be for the duration of the block (minimum 4 weeks) and then compare your results to the period prior.
Am I making progress? Can I do more? Am I in less pain? Do I weigh less? etc.
We can too often get upset about day to day fluctuations or when we haven’t made subjective progress in a week for instance. This can knock our confidence and steer us off track. In my opinion it’s the wrong approach.
It’s the progress over time that counts. Fluctuations will happen so when they do try not to panic because they are not important. It’s the positive trend over time that matters most.
Enjoy your day,