I’m not sure if a “Fitness Journal” is really a thing, but if not—I’m here to make it one. I’ve been keeping a journal full of my workout goals, progress, and running times for nearly three years now, and I can honestly say that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my fitness goals.
As much as accountability partners and costly gym memberships can help you stay motivated (by the way ladies, if you’re a military wife I hope you know that the gyms on base are almost always awesome and they’re completely FREE—so it’s a great thing to take advantage of), there’s nothing like setting a good, solid goal and writing it down to keep you from gluing your butt to the couch.
Not sure where to start with a fitness journal? Here’s how I keep mine:
The notebook I use cost $1 at Target, and I like to keep my goals in the beginning of the book. Just for the record, “lose weight” is an AWFUL goal. Please do not write something as vague as “lose weight” or “run a mile” in your notebook. A better goal would be “lose 5 pounds before May first” or “run a mile without stopping before the end of March.” When you have a specific goal and a deadline, you’re way more likely to actually achieve it (trust me on this one!).
After my goals, I have a whole bunch of running times listed. I keep them organized by distance and I use columns for the date, running time, and notes—just in case I have something I want to keep record of. When I first started this notebook, I tried to leave a few extra pages for those distances I know I run a lot of (such as one mile, two miles, and 5K), but sometimes it’s still not enough room.
That’s OKAY! You can always flip to an empty section of your journal and start over with your times for one mile (or whatever it is that you didn’t leave enough room for).
I also have a section at the end of my running times where I keep record of the times I went for a neighborhood jog with no specific distance in mind. I still write the date, how long I ran, and any notes on those pages.
Not a runner? No problem!
Instead of running times, keep track of how much weight you’re squatting, or how much time you spend on the elliptical machines. Use your fitness journal to write and sign a pledge to finish Insanity or P90X, or simply keep track of your body weight if you’re trying to shed a few pounds.
The possibilities are endless.
Do you already keep track of your fitness goals? And how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? I’d love to hear about it!