Keeping a Fitness Journal: Hack Your Workout

Many people have vowed to be healthier, exercise more, or eat right this New Year. So what steps can you take to change your lifestyle as painlessly as possible? Consider keeping a fitness journal! Combining a food journal and a workout journal into one, whether that is the form of a paper journal or an app, can help keep you accountable to your fitness goals this new year.

Why You Should Keep a Fitness Journal

Although food journals echo the popular stereotypes of “fat camps,” and workout journals are traditionally only kept by fitness buffs, keeping a fitness journal is a great way to stay on top of your progress. You can save a workout journal as an indicator of your growth, and something to look back on later as an improvement! Food journals are similar. Logging every bite that you take is a great way to stay accountable to your goals, while also being an indicator of your constant progress!  Combining the two into one master journal allows you to keep tabs on almost all aspects of your physical well-being.

Workout Journaling

Keeping a workout journal should be versatile, secure, and most importantly, useful. Finding an app, a system, or a workout template that works for you is a great way to get in the habit of recording your workouts. Workout journals should include the date, your weight (if this is something you feel comfortable including,) and your planned exercise. Your workouts should consist of weight, reps, intervals, or anything else crucial to the workout’s structure. You can use your workout journal to measure your sets, as well, so you don’t get confused or accidentally do less than you planned on! Some great apps for workout journals are JeFit, available on the Google Play Store, iOS, and the web, GymBook on iOS, and FitNotes on Android.

Food Journaling

Food journals should have a similar structure to the workout journals. You should include the date, body weight, and the food consumed for each day. Depending on the diet you follow, or your health goals, including the calories, grams of fat, sugars, or sodium content are a great way to hold yourself accountable. Including the emotions surrounding a meal or food item can help you identify trends that you need to address to eat as healthy as possible.

Combining the elements of a food journal with those of a workout journal can provide a framework for you to meet your new year’s resolutions! Do you have any ideas for food journaling apps, or want to have your voice heard for a weight loss plan? Comment below!

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