Key Performance Indicators are metric values that can measure your success at reaching targets. Numerous business organizations have used Key Performance Indicators to help achieve their business key objectives. Selecting the right KPIs varies from industry to industry because the goals of each industry are different. In most industries, success only means that the given task has been achieved at the right time. However, it can only be done after the task has been completed. KPIs help you measure the success of the project while it is still ongoing.
You must be asking, ‘But how will they help me stay fit?’ Well, Key Performance Indicators are not simply numbers or targets that must be delivered at any cost. Instead, they should be used to monitor and improve performance. Similarly, they can be sued to monitor your individual performance, such as monthly expenditure or even weight loss.
Try these methods and find out how Key Performance Indicators help you stay fit:
Choosing the Right KPI:
When trying to lose weight, you often step on the balance and find out you have lost no weight at all, even after hours of daily exercise. The purpose of a diet is not just to get rid of fat but also to gain muscles, otherwise, it would be unhealthy and would defeat the purpose of staying fit. You need to have some measuring quantity that describes and measures the amount of fat lost vs the muscles gained. Weight can fluctuate a lot, especially after you eat or due to hydration. Choosing the right KPI will help you monitor these changes in your weight.
It is better to start systematically, by setting a certain body mass weight to achieve for a certain time. This could help you figure out how many calories you need to lose in order to achieve that. You could use some apps that count your calorie intake and how many you burn off. You could also use them to monitor how many miles you have run and then calculate how many calories it has helped you burn.
Use Other Measurement Methods:
While a scale is a good way to measure how much weight you have lost or gained; there are other ways to calculate that as well. Body tape measurements can aid you track, which areas of your body are losing weight faster. In addition to that, this assists you to concentrate on certain areas and you can include more exercises that help burn fat off that area. Especially, when you are losing fat and gaining muscle, your scale might not indicate any changes but your tape measurements will show you that your waist is shrinking or where you are gaining more muscle.
Balanced Scorecard is a performance management tool used to keep track of all activities and to determine any consequences arising from these activities. It can be used by individuals to keep track of their personal growth as well. Balanced Scorecard can aid you to determine which Key Performance Indicators you should monitor to achieve your target. For instance, if you have chosen to lose weight, you will first list down your objectives as well as all factors that contribute to weight loss. Now monitor these factors closely over time and ensure that your efforts are proportionate to the weight loss.
Stacey Barr is a performance Measurement Specialist; you can read all about KPIs as well as a Balanced Scorecard example on her website. She provides an in-depth analysis on how to integrate Balanced Scorecard with a measurement methodology for effective results.
All in all, KPIs shouldn’t only be used just by business corporates, but by individuals who strive to achieve a certain goal as well.