Keeping a Fitness Journal
Tips and Benefits
Staying on track with your workouts and nutrition can be challenging for a variety of reasons- and if you’re having trouble seeing the results you want, a change may be in order! Everyone knows when you start a new fitness regimen, week one starts and you’re stoked to plan your workouts, meal prep, and write down every move you make towards the change you want to see. But come week two, three, four, you start telling yourself the gym was too crowded, you’re too tired to cook, or you’ll get back on track tomorrow.
Before the excuses start piling up, keep yourself accountable and track your progress with a fitness journal! Whether you’re training for a marathon, on a weight loss journey, or simply trying to keep track of your workouts, there are plenty of benefits of keeping a fitness journal. But what does tracking your fitness journey entail? What are the best ways to keep a fitness journal? Are there any alternatives? Find out here!
Writing down your activity and your nutrition is a great way to keep yourself accountable to your goals. It helps you stay honest with yourself about whether you’re sticking to a fitness or diet plan, and allows you to keep track of what works for you and what doesn’t.
For example, if you try a workout class early in the morning or a recipe that you didn’t enjoy, making a note of it will remind you that there are better options for you to try. This will help you refine your lifestyle and be able to make healthy and productive choices.
<h2> Keeps You Focused and Motivated
One of the reasons you may have had trouble seeing desired results in the past is due to a lack of tracking your progress. It can be easy to give up too soon when you don’t see the fruits of your labor right away- but a journal can keep you focused on your goal. It helps keep you motivated and in tune with what you need to move forward.
<h2> Helps your personal trainer
If you’re looking to make a significant change in your health and wellness, working with a personal trainer will provide you with a custom workout and nutrition plan that is catered to your needs and goals. It’s likely that a personal trainer would encourage you to track your progress so they can follow along with you on your journey (and keep you honest!).
The combination of a custom plan and keeping track of your progress will allow you to reach your goals sooner!
<h2> What should you put in your fitness journal?
Whether you’re keeping your own journal, using a custom fitness journal, or using an app on your phone, the process is relatively similar. What you choose to track is up to you, but here are a few general metrics to include in an entry:
- Record date/time
- Current body weight
- Food/calorie intake
- Workout or training method
Here are a few additional details you can include:
- Sleep duration
- Progress photos
- Fitness goals/targets
- Inspirational quotes
- Personal achievements
- Articles/blog posts/etc that you can reference
Determining your goals will help you in deciding what kinds of metrics you want to keep track of and the best ways to keep you focused on your journey.
<h2> Journals vs. Apps
There are a variety of ways to track your progress. Many benefit from tangibly writing it down, others enjoy the simplicity of adding it to an app. No matter your preference, there are a variety of ways to track your health journey.
Health journals come in a variety of styles, here’s the list of the top 6 journals according to Health Magazine!
If an app is more your style, you’ll find fitness tracking apps ranging from training apps to nutrition tracking apps and everything in between. If you’re overwhelmed by all the options, here are the top fitness tracking apps according to Men’s Health magazine.
<h2> A Few Journaling Tips
To get the most out of your journaling, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Try to record every day. Even if that means you journal about why you didn’t work out, stick to it!
- Set a reminder to record for 5-10 minutes- before bed is a great time to do it!
- Be honest!
Start your fitness journey off on the right foot, keep track of your progress with a fitness journal!
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