You are your toughest judge and worst critic. A lot of you may have even come from a position of extreme dissatisfaction about your image in the mirror.
Taking before and after pictures is a great way to measure your progress as well as to remind yourself how far you’ve come in your fitness journey.
Since we see ourselves every day in the mirror, sometimes the changes that we’re making aren’t noticeable to us. After all, change happens one day at a time, and usually slower than most of us wish for. Nonetheless, if you stick to your workouts and stay mindful of what you are eating, the changes you want will arrive.
It’s easy to lose track of what you looked like in the mirror a month, or two months ago. Even if you’re one to take constant measurements and always be concerned about the scale, it’s a picture that says 1,000 words!
Tips for taking before and after pictures
- Don’t be shy, but keep them in good taste. The more body you reveal, the more change you’ll recognize, but wear a swimsuit or underwear. Keep in mind that when you reach your goals, you’re going to want to show people these pictures. You’ll appreciate it later on if you keep them G-rated.
- Take your first photos at the start of your new workout plan and as soon as you become committed to change. The farther you have to go, the more amazed everyone, including you, will be. If you’ve already been working on the “new you”, it’s ok, go take some pictures!
- Use a background free of pictures, posters, or anything that might be distracting.
- Take front, back, and side pictures. Take several of each, as sometimes it might take several shots before you take one that you can live with. Also, when you enlarge them on your computer screen, sometimes the pictures don’t turn out as well as they seemed on the small LCD on your camera.
- Don’t suck in your gut or alter your before pictures by flexing too much or distorting yourself in some way. You want to “let it all hang out,” so that your after pictures will be even more amazing!
- Take new pictures about once a month.
Share your results with your personal trainer or gym
Your trainers or group fitness instructors really do care about your results. Trust me, I am one! We’ll often spend time putting your workouts together and thinking about modifications on our own time so that we can deliver the best workout for you and get you the best results.
By writing a paragraph or two about how your trainer helped you, and providing your pictures as visual testimonial, you can help your trainer grow his or her business. It’s a great way to say “thank you.”
Share your story, inspire others!
Have you previously taken before and after photos? I’d love to hear about your results and your fitness journey. If your photos are viewable online, please consider posting links to them in the comments section below.