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Measuring Fitness Progress Moves Beyond the Scale, Tape Measure and BMI

from The Post and Courier

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to lose weight?

Maybe it shouldn't be. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing, but fitness nowadays is more about finesse than the fanaticism of counting calories and randomly exercising.

"Outcome measurements," or tracking a range of variables in each individual's body, has been a top 20 trend in the American College of Sports Medicine's annual "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends" for the last four years.

That's due, in part, to the technology going from the exclusive realms of scientific research and elite athletes to being available to masses.

"Measurements are necessary to determine the benefits of health and fitness programs in disease management and to document success in changing negative lifestyle habits," the survey report says.

"The proliferation of new technology has aided in data collection to support these efforts. Accountability to owners and operators of health and fitness facilities provides important metrics to determine if new programs are cost effective and if old programs are actually working." more

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