Perhaps there is nothing more amazing than achieving your ultimate fitness goal! Whether it’s losing excess weight or getting ripped, every fitness journey should be celebrated.
In this day and age where we document all of the happenings including the wins and challenges of our lives on social media, perfecting the way you take photos of your road to a healthy and fitness should be something you are up for.
In a weight loss research study, they found out that those who posted progress photos documenting their weight loss lost more weight than those who didn’t.
Surely taking photos of your progress is not just a great way to keep track of how far you have come but also a good motivating factor.
This is why you need to showcase how far you have come by first learning how to take the best before and after pictures of your fitness journey!
Fitness photo journey
If you opt to document your fitness journey, you have got to make sure you are well prepared for it. Much like your commitment to fitness, you should also be able to stick to taking photos of yourself in the duration of your fitness.
What should you use to take the photos?
If you have a digital camera lying around the house, use it to take high res photos of yourself. However, if you don’t have one, don’t burn a hole in your pocket and run to the store to buy a camera.
You can actually make use of your smartphone. Our phones now have the ability to take high-quality photos.
Who should take the photos?
If you have someone else in the room with you, have that person take the photos instead. Your “photographer” does not even have to be a professional!
But in the event that you don’t have someone around who has can take your photos, you can always take a mirror selfie! Just make sure you don’t end up blocking yourself with your phone while taking the selfie.
If selfies aren’t your thing and you have a tripod for your camera or smartphone, program it to take photos of you!
Where should I take the photos?
Finding the best location to take the photos should not be so hard. Look for a well-lit room that does not have distractions around. If you can, find a place that has a plain, simple background.
Also, make sure that the room you are in does not have a lot of clutter lying around. This takes attention away from you – the subject of the photo.
What should I wear?
Wear something you are comfortable in and appropriate. Since we are talking about taking photos of your fitness journey, perhaps something you would wear to the gym or your swimwear.
If it were up to us, a tight-fitting workout outfit would be something we would wear as this is not only comfy but it makes it easier to spot the progress and body changes in the photos.
When should I take the photos?
The photo documentation of your journey should start on your first day (Day 1) and end on the final day of your fitness program. However, you can add photos of your progress as well.
There’s nothing like being able to see how far along you have come and how well you have performed since you have started your health and fitness program.
If you do plan to take progress photos, the interval is up to you. Here’s an example though: If you’re on a six-month program, perhaps you can take photos at the beginning and ending and at least one photo every 30 days.
How should my photos look?
Let’s admit it – not all of us are professional models who can pose for our lives every single time the camera clicks. But this does not mean we can’t take a good before and after photos!
Once you are in your clutter and distraction-free location with a simple background, a head to toe photo of yourself should be taken.
You can also take photos from different angles. This way you can easily see the changes that are happening to your body. Try taking photos from a 45-degree angle. Also, take front and side view photos as well.
If there’s a body part that you would like to focus on, take a photo that emphasizes that as well.
To make sure that your fitness documentation is consistent and shows the real progress you have made, try taking the same before and after photo. Wear the same clothes, do the same pose at the same location.
Once you see the before and after photos, you will surely be amazed at the progress your body has made during your whole fitness program.
For some of us, we might feel uncomfortable with the idea of having our photos taken all throughout our fitness journey. But the more you do it, the more comfortable it will be. Just remember to relax! And it also wouldn’t hurt to learn how to properly make before and after pictures of your progress.
Be proud and loud
Making a lifestyle change through committing to a fitness program is something you should be proud of! This is something that not every does!
And whatever type of fitness program you are in, as long as you work hard to achieve your goal, you should be thrilled and delighted to share this with the rest of the world.