I found one very easy and productive way to stay motivated and educated about my health and fitness. I log it. For nearly three years now I have been keeping a daily workout log. It helps me in several ways. First and foremost is the motivation factor. It’s very easy for me and others to get discouraged about their physical fitness. It’s easy for me to take a look in the mirror and say,”Have I ever picked up a weight or hit the trail? This isn’t paying off!” But it is. It’s just very hard to notice a difference in your own body when you look at yourself all the time. Have you ever noticed when you have dieted or stepped up your workouts, and someone you haven’t seen in awhile notices, and that catches you by surprise? This is what your daily workout log will do. You can look at all the times you have worked out recently and know that whether you notice it or not, all those workouts on paper are real, and ultimately helping the gun show and your overall fitness. It’s also great to reward yourself by seeing an increase in workouts written in your workout log. You can track career highs such as a four or five day week when you exercised. You can also note a personal best with either reps or weight in a gym, or a personal best long run. I usually denote these by ***putting asterisks around those entries***.
It’s very rewarding and motivating to see how far you’ve come in just a short, or long time for that matter. It’s great to look back and say “Wow, I was running just 4-5 miles a week back in June, but now I’m running more than 20 miles a week just a few months later!” It also works the other way though. If you see the infamous “rest” for too many days in a row, you know it’s time to put a rest to the “rest.” I also denote my weight about once a week, running pace, injuries, and if I was sick. This is great to look back and see if you’ve recently had some similar issues. For me, it’s tendonitis which seemingly has been swimming through my body over the past few years. It’s nice to look back and see how much I worked out with previous tendonitis or similar injuries.
The other great thing is that it’s so easy and quick to do. It literally takes seconds to write down your workout. I just keep my wordpad document open on my computer and just add to it before I check my email. Below is a portion of my workout log from last August. Stay motivated and reward yourself with just a few extra seconds a day!
8/7 4 MILE RUN 40:39
8/8 ****TRIATHLON, TRI THE BULL IN S.M. *****
8/9 5 MILES
8/10 BI’S, TRI’S, AB’S
8/12 10 MILES, CAL POLY, 1:49:56
8/13 SHOULDERS, LIGHT BACK, ABS
8/14 CHEST, 45LBS 6 TIMES, ABS, 169LBS
8/15 9 MILES
8/17 BI’S, TRI’S, ABS
8/18 BACK, SHOULDERS, ABS