By: Dana Baardsen
Deciding whether or not to keep a fitness journal? Here are five reasons why you should consider jotting down your routines and eating habits:
1. It keeps you organized: Keeping a fitness log is one of the most brilliant things you can do if you’re trying to get in shape. Not only will it force you to sit down and reflect on your workout routines and food intake, but it will absolutely motivate and keep you focused on your goals.
2. It curbs your behaviors on a daily basis: By writing down the foods you’re eating and the activities you partake in, you will become more proactive in the decisions you make regularly.
3. You can look back and see what worked and what didn’t: By tracking your progress, you can refer to old notes and see which factors had the most profound effects on your fitness. Were you working out on the days when you felt happy and well rested? Did you tend to eat healthier or notice more strength when you ran on a daily basis? etc.
4. Helps balance sleep: When you keep a record of the hours you sleep every night you will become more conscious of assuring you get the sleep you need! Sleeping properly repairs the body, regulates metabolism and provides energy. Don’t skimp on the zZz’s.
5. Enjoy sweet victory: Congratulations! You have a new body, a new feel, and a whole fitness journal to idolize and keep as a trophy of your personal success.
So, now that you want to create a fitness journal…how do you do it?
Simple. Do what works for you.
Keep your thoughts written down on post-its, calendars, or be more traditional and write in an actual journal.
You could be a little tech-savvy and open up a word document on your desktop…or even blog about your fitness goals!
Don’t hesitate to do a little research online and find a server designed specifically for fitness logging: http://www.myfitnessjournal.com/.
If your crafty you can design a fitness scrapbook and keep photos of your progress and your favorite inspirations! The possibilities are endless…
Remember: It’s okay to be honest in your journal…even if you fail to complete what you intended to! After all, keep in mind the truest and realest tracker of your fitness progress is your own body.
Have fun! NB