Tracking your training and workouts can help with goal-setting, staying focused, and maintaining motivation. And by keeping a workout log, you can look back at past entries and see how you’ve progressed.
Here are a few tips for keeping a workout log or journal:
1. Use a method that works best for you.
There is no preferred way or format to use when it comes to the method you use to keep track of your workouts. The best thing you can do is use the method that will work best for you. For some people, their workout log is an app where they can record workouts online. Others prefer a traditional paper journal where they can include notes on other parts of their day or schedule.
2. Make it your own.
You can make your workout journal as simple or as complex as you prefer. The main thing is to make it your own. Again, there is no “right” way to do this. Create a format that works for you, and that makes sense for your goals. If you start a workout log and a few days in realize that it’s not working for you, don’t give it up entirely. Try a different method or make adjustments so that it becomes a productive tool that you use consistently.
3. Include measurable data.
In addition to tracking workout details like the workout itself and how you felt, include some measurable data. By tracking even a small amount of data, you can get a better indication of your progress. If you’re not sure what you want to keep track of, here are some ideas:
- Workout frequency
- Intensity (for example, rate this on a scale from 1 to 10)
- Workout duration
- Water/food intake (before, during, or after a workout)
- Goals and progress toward your goals
- Heart rate data
- Hours of sleep
4. Record an entry every day.
At first, you might forget to log an entry in your workout journal. As you’re in the process of starting this habit, it’s helpful to record an entry every day. Even on the days you take a rest day and don’t work out, make a note in your workout log. By using your journal daily, it’s more likely to become a part of your daily routine.
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