Success is a hard thing to define. For some of us, being successful means a big house and new car. For some of us, it means prestigious job title. And for those of us hitting the gym on a regular basis, it would sure be nice to have some visible proof staring back at us when we look in the mirror.
According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, just 16 percent of the population has a gym membership, and a recent Gallup poll reveals that just under 52 percent of the U.S. population works out more than three times a week, meaning that for many people, getting in any exercise can be a pretty major success in and of itself. And even for those who do hit the gym with some frequency, the signs of progress aren't always as clear-cut as the ripped abs and plummeting body fat percentages many workout programs promise.
Even if weight loss isn’t your primary reason for working out, there are plenty of ways to measure your success at the gym, like these 25 signs your workout is working. And when you want to make every trip to the gym more enjoyable, discover these 20 Ways to Make Working Out More Fun!