It’s not always easy to see progress when you’re in the midst of a particular situation. For example, if a person has never really exercised diligently before, they might start out with certain machines at a specific weight or resistance. It seems tough, and then they keep doing it every few days.
Diligent exercise should be done every day, but few people actually jump in with both feet, especially if they haven’t done something like this before. By working out with these machines, these specific weights or resistance, it takes a long time before results can be seen. Within a few weeks or even a month or two, that person might feel all of the effort they have been putting in as basically wasted. They might not actually think they’re doing much more now than they had four, six, or eight weeks earlier, when they first started.
This is a common problem people face during recovery.
If that person had been using a journal, tracking every little detail of their exercise regimen, how much weight they put on the machine, how many reps they did, how many sets they did, and more, they would quickly be able to look back through the journal and see progress, without a doubt.
When a person is going through recovery, whether it’s following major surgery, pneumonia, a major medical emergency, or some other situation that landed them in the hospital, tracking progress can help them stay on the right path.
What should this entail?
Tracking progress is basically about keeping a journal. Write down each day what was done, what exercises they took part in, how many reps, how many steps he took, how much weight they lifted, or whatever else there day entails.
They should track every detail they can think of throughout the day. Why is this important?
Well, in a few weeks, that senior or other individual may start to feel discouraged, as though they’re not actually making any progress. If they can look back to that journal, see where they had been during the first days following their discharge from the hospital, they can compare the notes they wrote down with where they are at this point in the recovery.
They will probably see progress they can’t feel at the moment.
That can inspire them to keep pushing through these difficult moments of recovery. Sometimes all we need is to see that we are making progress and that can help seniors and others avoid a readmission to the hospital.