What Is A Fitness Log and How This Journal Can Help You

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Why you should keep a fitness journal

One of the most important parts of your fitness quest is self-accountability. It’s very easy to suddenly blame your progress on other factors, such as lack of equipment, timing, or even the weather.

If you keep a fitness journal, however, it ensures that you do not relapse into this kind of self-defeating behavior. The first step to being accountable is knowing what you need to do.

By keeping a fitness journal, you can track your progress and establish goals. When you know what you did previously and what you need to do to make it better, you will find it easier to realize when you are doing well, track your progress and find ways to make it better.

How you do this is entirely dependent on your state of fitness. You may have to keep a nutrition journal if you are trying to lose weight. If you are trying to get stronger, you may want to track your pushing and pulling exercises, such as deadlifts and face pulls.

In order to keep a fitness journal, you obviously need something to keep it in. A fancy journal with a giant lock and a bucket of premium ink from a small, independent bookshop may be tempting, but it is highly unnecessary. A simple journal will do just fine.

What you do need to consider is how much you want to keep track of. Committing to writing down every workout can prove to be too much to handle.

Motivation

Keeping a log/journal of your fitness/exercise routine can help you stay motivated. This is because when you keep a record of how you are performing, you can see improvements in yourself and your daily exercise routine.

By seeing these changes and improvements in yourself, you will want to keep your daily fitness routine consistent. Which is why it is so important to keep a log of your progress, as well as your challenges. This will allow you to see improvements in yourself as time goes on.

How to Start?

A fitness journal can be anything from an old notebook to a fancy app. The important aspect of a fitness journal is committing yourself to keeping a record of your workouts and any changes you make. This can be as simple as writing down what exercise you did, and how you felt after each session.

Beginning your journal can be a daunting task. Once you get started, however, it shouldn’t be a problem. A fitness journal can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. With today’s technology, though, there are some fantastic apps out there that can record your workouts for you automatically.

Accountability

Registering for a race and spending money on it can be a great way to make yourself accountable for your workouts and goals. If you tell a group of friends about your plans to run a race, for example, chances are that they’ll remind you how much you’re spending on it.

This is also the reason why most people like to use fitness apps, such as Runkeeper…you can see what kind of shape you’re currently in compared to the big race that’s coming up and it keeps you on track.

Motivation

Another great thing that most fitness apps do is motivate you. For example, Runkeeper has a feature called “crowdpower.”

Crowdpower tracks other users on your same route. It will tell you how many people are ahead of you and how many are behind you. This way, you can use it to keep yourself motivated for your next casual run.

Detail within the Log

Along with keeping track of metrics like your speed, distance, and elevation, most fitness logs also provide you with information regarding your calories burned and your heart rate.

Information

A fitness journal is, in essence, just like a traditional journal, with the same features. These features include a pen to write down your feelings and thoughts, a place to document the date, and a place to note the specifics of the exercise that you did or goal that you accomplished.

With the journal we are providing you, each section will be able to act like an information log.

First, when you write down the specifics of your workout or goal, you will be able to see the progress you’re making. Noting the specifics of your workout will help you track the results of your training and adjust your exercise plan or routine if necessary.

Some of the information you can add include weight, speed, resting heart rate, and any other data you need.

Make sure you write down your goal and the workout specifics right when you have them. You don’t want to risk forgetting where and when you trained. You will want to illustrate how you feel, so that as you write down each entry, you can clearly see your progress, or lack thereof.

While some people will want to include how they felt during their workout, other people may find this a distraction from the task at hand. It’s completely up to you. Don’t be afraid to customize the exercises to your preferences.

Examples of a fitness log

The reasons to keep a fitness log are only limited by your imagination.

You can start writing down your goals and aspirations in life, what inspires you, and what are your deepest passions. You may write down your moments of joy and moments of struggle. About how you manage to build a stronger character, sometimes hardship is a needful part of life.

Also, this Fitness Log can be a source of inspiration for friends and family members. You can motivate them!

Physical Fitness Log

What are you going to write in your fitness log? Well, first of all, it is essential for you to fill out a basic chart of the metrics that you need to track.

Every one of us is unique, so there is no single recipe on how to keep a perfect log. Each of us is different, we have different reasons to keep the log and different goals in life. Some of us like more numbers, others less. It is up to you.

Consider these options for your physical log:

Passive trackers, such as FitBit, Jawbone Up, Misfit Shine, Mio Alpha, Yamax Digiwalker or other activity trackers.

Active trackers, such as Polar Loop, SPH-M400, Garmin Vivofit and other fitness bands.

A pen and a paper.

Online apps such as Mood Meter or LiveStrong.