WORKOUT TRACKING TIPS
When we’re working out, we’re usually doing it to see progress of some kind. Whether that’s weight loss, increased endurance, or better muscle tone, we’re all working out to get better! When it comes to progress, it’s important that we’re keeping track of any and all changes. Not just because it can help us adjust our workouts down the road, but also because it can help encourage us when we’re feeling down! Today we’re going to be talking about tracking your workout.
FIND A METHOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU
The first thing you should do when you start tracking your workout is find which method works best for you. Some people prefer to download apps to their phone. This makes it easy and convenient to track your workouts, since most apps will do all of the math for you. It’s also easy to carry around and remember to track your exercise when it’s conveniently in your pocket or with you while you’re at the gym or on a run.
If you prefer a more customized tracking system, try keeping a workout journal! There are tons of tips online, but we have a few suggestions of what to keep track of below. Your journal can be as simple or as complicated as you like! Get creative. The more fun you have with it, the easier it will be to incorporate into your workout routine.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRACKING
Now that you know how you’re going to track your workouts, it’s important to know what you’re tracking. The first place to go off of is what your current fitness goal is. Then you’ll better know what to track. If you’re wanting to lose weight, you can keep track of the number of pounds you lose and how much cardio you get in. If you’re wanting to be able to bench press 200 pounds, keep track of how much you lift and when. Make sure to always incorporate a professional’s advice as well! Safety is the most important thing when it comes to working out.
If you want to get more technical, you can also start keeping track of smaller things like how much water you drink, your meals, and how much sleep you get. This will give you more of an overall health tracker, but is still really valuable when considering your workouts overall!
DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!
If you’re not seeing much progress on your workout tracker, don’t get discouraged. Sometimes change takes a lot longer than we hope it will. But, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t changing for the better! Focus on how you’re feeling. Your run time might be the same that it was before, but maybe you find your breathing to be less heavy at the end. This is a win! And just making the effort to workout is a win. Don’t put all of your worth into numbers. You are way more than that! Progress will come, as long as you endure through the hard things. We believe in you.
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