First things first: It’s important to take accurate measurements of your body before, during, and after your fitness program so you can track your progress — all you need is a measuring tape and a scale.
Five Key Measurements
There are five key areas of your body you should measure: arms, chest, waist, hips, and legs. And don’t forget to weigh yourself each time you take your measurements!
Consistency is key, so make sure you’re taking your measurements the same way each time.
Here are some tips for taking accurate measurements:
1. How to Measure Your Arms
Put your thumb on the opposite shoulder and stretch out your pinkie to find the center of your upper arm — that’s where you want to wrap the measuring tape.
Then get ready for your “sun’s out, guns out” Instagram post!
2. How to Measure Your Chest
Wrap the measuring tape around your chest at the nipple line with your arms down.
3. How to Measure Your Waist
Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, using your belly button as the center point.
4. How to Measure Your Hips
Stand with your feet together and wrap the tape around the widest part of your hips.
5. How to Measure Your Legs
Put your pinky on your knee and stretch out your thumb to find the center of your upper leg (your quad). That’s where you want to wrap the tape.