Seven day tracking challenge to monitor the most insightful metrics for personal wellness…
Changes over a short time, when monitored, can easily reveal trends and help decide how to approach the day. This is a series of daily metrics, with a challenge to measure and chart each one on a daily basis for 7 days. It’s a bit to do the logging, although it can mostly be automated by trackers that have integrated reporting abilities. This is more than just a day of health tracking, it is a way to begin to monitor trends of some of the most important wellness metrics you can monitor.
Steps – The daily 10k challenge
Steps is the genesis of daily tracking on a consumer basis. Fitbit, and others, popularized the steps metric with a relatively arbitrary, but useful, target of 10,000 in a day. An hour of daily cardio is another way to interpret this, as a proxy for activity output. This statistic also helps guide calories out, in the CICO aspect of nutrition tracking.
Daily Metabolism Reading – Target Zone 1-2, as measured in the morning.
Lumen is one of the original personal health trackers to use
breath analysis for metabolic tracking. The output is simplified into a five
point scale, with one being nearer to ketosis and a body that is burning all fat. Five is carb loading. The goal for the week is to have a morning reading that is 2 or below. With Lumen, their diet may not be the one that is followed, that can be tracked in other apps.
Caloric Intake – 300-500 Calorie net deficit (2200-4000/day total intake). This can be done easily, but the challenge is to also hit a targeted macros breakdown (protein, fats, carbohydrates) of 50/20/30.
Resting Heart Rate <50
Over the course of the week the Apple Watch will automatically monitor heart rate. Seeing a rise can mean that your body is stressed. This can be due to sickness, lack of sleep, stress, or just variability within a range. Tracking for a week or two will help define a baseline for your personal range.
Prior to 2020 this statistic was not as prominently tracked. Ideal peak 98%-99% daily.
Target is to reduce weight by 1.5 pounds over a seven day period, and 5 pounds in a month. A scale that automatically reports this just means spending <10 seconds a day standing on a scale. The importance of time of day, and weighing at the same point in your routine, is helpful. Weight varies day to day but it is still possible to see trends over a few days.
Seven days of sleep tracked with a target of 8+ hours. This is an under looked area, but understanding what your sleep cycle is like, and working to extend the amount of deep sleep can help with recovery and daily fatigue.
With more than a third of the day targeted to sleep, having a routine for going to sleep is important. So is having a sleeping environment that is conducive to recovery and relaxation that can maximize deep sleep. A comfortable mattress or pillow can help, but ensuring this metric is monitored without disrupting sleep is also critical.
The best way to track this is often just a journal and a pen, and writing out tracking challenge goals can help reinforce the habits required to complete the one week challenge. Finding a place to do pushups is simple, a pull-up bar can be harder to find. If you can hang things from a ceiling beam though, it’s possible to get a pull-up bar with only a single mounting point by using a climbing hang board.
Stamina App helps train for holding your breath. As a swimmer this can be helpful. It’s a neat party trick, assuming you wind up at a pool, but also can be thought of as training for the lungs. The tracking challenge for the week is to do a daily training set, and hold your breath for at least 60 seconds at least one time.
Staying hydrated is likely the best general advice, alongside getting more sleep, for feeling good throughout the day. Some other challenges have a targeted quantity of water to drink. This is hard to add to the tracking challenge without a reliable water bottle or other way to measure volumes before you take a sip. As a minimum though two 64 oz bottles, including one before 10am, is the daily target.