How To Take Accurate Body Measurements

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Learn how to take correct body measurements in order to track your fitness goals.

Over the last 6 months, #screwthescale has become a growing hashtag trend on Instagram. Many women are posting side by side photos of them at a smaller weight vs a heavier weight, showing how they look and feel better at the heavier weight. Tracking weight loss on a scale is simply not accurate alone. When you exercise, you are building muscle which can lead to weight gain. Muscle weighs more than 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! It’s confusing, but instead of using a scale, taking body measurements with a tape measure will much more accurately track your fitness goals.

We are going to show you exactly how to take correct body measurements and start tracking your weight loss (or gain) much more accurately.

Things to remember:

  • You first need to find a soft tape measure, that will allow you to curve it around your body easily. A standard measuring tape will not work!
  • When measuring do not pull the tape too tightly. Keep it just level across your skin.

Let the body measurements begin!

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Quick Measure

If you are short on time and just want to take a quick measurement of your body, focus on the following areas:

  • Chest – Measure directly under your breasts or pecs, as high up as you can
  • Waist – Measure at the most narrow point, typically around the navel
  • Hips – Measure around the widest part of the hip/hipbones
  • Arms – Measure above your elbows at the largest part of the arm
  • Thighs – Measure around the largest part of the leg while standing up
  • (Any additional problem areas)

Full Measure

If you want to take a full body measurement to track your progress, do the above from the quick measure, as well as the following:

  • Bust – Measure all the way around your bust and back
  • Midway – Measure between the widest part of your hips and waist
  • Knees – Measure just above the knee (around the leg)
  • Calves – Measure around the fullest part
  • Forearm – Measure below your elbows at the fullest part

Once you have all your body measurements written down, keep them in a safe place and set a reminder to take them again in 2 weeks. This will allow you to much more accurately chart your progress and stay motivated by your actual body changing shape using body measurements, instead of by weight alone. If you are looking for a workout plan, check out our free download here.

Good luck! xx bloom

 

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