Benefits of Tracking Health Metrics

Recording your health metrics throughout the year is a valuable way to care for your health (particularly if you have a health-themed resolution to stick to).

New Year's Day marks the start of a new calendar year. It is also the day many people embark on a New Year's resolution. The most common theme of resolutions is improved health, whether that means more exercise, eating better or generally making an effort to be healthier. But, unfortunately, by February, most people have given up on their resolutions. So, what can we do to work on our health all year? 

Here are four reasons why tracking your health metrics can help with your resolution to be healthier:

1. Keep yourself accountable. 

Resolutions buddies can help with accountability, but if you rely only on yourself, regularly tracking your health metrics is an excellent reminder to stick to your goals.

2. Identify what's working (and what's not). 

Regular health metrics will help you understand what changes are working for your body and allow you to alter things for improved results.

3. See your success.

Seeing clear proof of personal progress is a powerful motivator! 

4. Realize when things are off. 

Tracking your health metrics throughout 2023 will not only show your success but also highlight when something is off with your health.

Ways to track health metrics

There are many ways to track your health metrics, and your choice will likely depend on your overall goal. However, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Record your run time or resting heart rate. Measuring stuff like this over time is particularly useful if you are trying to improve your cardio capabilities.
  • Check your body composition. Beneficial for weight loss or gain goals, this method can help identify what percentage of your body is bone, fat or muscle.
  • Measure your biomarkers. Want to check your blood sugar, cholesterol, nutrient levels, testosterone, thyroid hormones or a little bit of everything? imaware's health tests allow you to measure all your levels from the convenience of home.