Setting goals and creating fitness plans is easy, following through is the hard part. How do you move from idea to action to success……and how do you know where you are in the process? A fitness log/diary is an excellent tool for keeping track and staying on target to achieving your fitness goals.
What is a Fitness Log?
A fitness log is a record of your workouts. In reality, a fitness log is so much more than a simply making note of exercise achieved. A fitness log contains an abundance of useful information regarding your fitness levels, progress, patterns, and plateaus. Committed fitness trackers know the value of the fitness log, it can show you where you started, where you’re heading, and how you’re getting there.
Fitness logs can include a variety of information, such as:
•Type of exercise performed
•Duration of exercise (and/or distance)
•Time of day
•General state of health (tired, energised, sick, injured, etc.)
•Mood before and after
•For strength training: weight used and number of repetitions
•Food: what you eat & drink before, during, and after
•Additional information related to exercise, For example: left ankle started hurting after 4 miles – swollen after run & sleep pattern.
There are countless ways to log your workouts. You may choose to keep a simple notebook dedicated to your fitness or use a specialised workout chart. The more information you choose to include…..the better.
Benefits of a Fitness Log
A fitness log is one more tool in your fitness toolbox. There are several benefits to tracking your workouts:
• Accountability: It’s one thing to set a goal and quite another to develop an implementation plan for achieving it. A fitness log can help keep you accountable to your long-term goals. It provides a record of measurable progress, which is critical for achieving your goals.
• Motivation: A fitness log is an excellent motivational tool. When you feel your enthusiasm drop, look back through your workout history to see your progress. This will help create a sense of pride in what you have accomplished and motivate you to keep going.
• Information: A fitness log paints the big picture for you. By tracking your workouts, you’ll be able to identify fitness plateaus and see what works and what doesn’t work for you. Furthermore, it can provide critical information regarding overtraining and injury. A detailed fitness log can help you understand how sleep and food affects your performance and how you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly.
Following on from this, the week commencing Monday January 11th i will have a workout log sheet for you all to fill in for that week at each class, this will enable you to fill in how many reps you completed in a certain time frame, what weight was lifted etc etc….
We will then revisit the same sessions in 6 weeks time to see if any progression was made (100% sure there will be 🙂 )
This can then be used as a tool for myself to plan sessions but also for you, so that you know where you stand at the start of 2016 to where you want to be towards the end of the year.
It is my goal to help each and every person that steps foot through the ABSs Fitness door whether it be for classes, Personal training or Online coaching get to the exact point they are striving for, by tracking our fitness this will see that we are heading in the right direction…
Aim Big Start small…