If you’ve ever struggled keeping up with your workout schedule or diet, you may want to consider keeping a fitness journal. A fitness journal is a place where you can write a workout schedule, a log of foods/calories consumed, and a list of goals. Not only does a fitness journal help you stay on track, but it also helps you see your progress.
Maintaining a workout schedule is one of the hardest things you can do. Not only will there be days when you just don’t feel like going to the gym or working out you might also struggle with remembering which workouts to do on what days. With a fitness journal, your entire schedule can be laid out in front of you each way. Every day when you open the journal, you will see what exactly needs to be done that day. It’s kind of like a grocery store list. It will feel good when you can cross off the workout at the end of the day. This is just the kind of thing most people need to give them the extra motivation needed. If you forget to do a workout or need to change something, you will have a journal to write it in instead of trying to remember it in your head.
Not only does a fitness journal allow you to plan your meals better, but it also makes it easier for you to keep track of your calories. If every day you open your journal and see a meal, you’re more likely to eat that than if you had just chosen on a whim. This generally leads to more nutritious choices in food, and serves as motivation. Seeing progress towards nutritional goals is a good way to fight off bad dietary habits.
Another important aspect of the journal is keeping track of calories. It’s very unlikely for someone to be able to memorize how many calories they ate at work or throughout the day. By having your fitness journal, you can simply log the food items as you eat them. Keeping track of calories is important as you can figure out if you need to increase or decrease your daily caloric intake.
A fitness journal is a great way to keep goals, which should end up serving as a great motivation to push you in both your exercise and diet. Seeing little goals completed every day is an effective way to keep yourself interested in your workout as you’ll feel more satisfied with your progress. For example, if your current best mile time was 9 minutes, you could write that down in your journal. Then you could write down a time you would like your mile time to be. For example, you might want to get your mile time down to 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Then instead of trying to close that gap all at once, which will seem like impossibility, you can set mini goals in your fitness journal to help get you there gradually. So maybe one day you could write down 8:55 and then aim for 8:55 when you run your mile. If you don’t reach it, no big deal, keep trying. When you reach 8:55 you can set your goal for 8:50, and so on. This gives you the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal even though it might take a long time to get to your ultimate goal.
So, if you feel like your exercise days are sporadic and your diet is all over the place, consider a fitness journal. It will keep you focused and help you reach your goals.