• The Benefits of Keeping a Fitness Journal and How to do it

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  • Physical Fitness is a general state of health and well-being or specifically the ability to perform aspects of sports or occupations. Everyone of us desires to become fit, so here are some tips on how to become fit and it's benefits.

    Keeping a Fitness Journal

    Walk into a gym in January and you’ll be waiting in line for equipment. At the same time, the grocery is sold out of produce and all things healthy. Come mid-February, however, there is practically dust collecting on the mats and ellipticals. The produce aisle is stocked but the ice cream supply is running low.

    Perhaps you, like many others, are guilty of having jumped aboard and then abandoned the road to fitness, thus never actually seeing results. Be it crazy work schedules, continued education or having children, there are countless excuses for letting fitness slip. If you’re one who has let your health efforts fade out, I’ve got something for you to try.

    It’s called a fitness journal. Find yourself a notepad and get started. Updating your fitness journal is easy. Here’s what to include:

    Goals – Start off your entire journaling experience with a list of goals and their descriptions. Think running a certain mileage or incorporating certain food groups into your diet. If you only have one goal, that’s fine too.

    Current state – Record your BMI at the beginning of your journal, and once a week after that.

    Include the following on a daily basis:

    Day and date – You’ll want to remember when you did what.

    Emotions – If you’ve completed a workout, record how you felt during and immediately after. Then, at the end of the day, write about your feelings regarding the day’s physical activity and that day’s food consumption.

    Workout specifics – How long were you moving? What exactly were you doing?

    Wellness check – Are you experiencing any pain or discomfort? Where? When did it start?

    Nutritional information – Write about what you ate that day. Was it healthy?

    Keeping a fitness journal isn’t just something for athletes and serious competitors. Everyone can benefit from documenting physical activity and eating habits.

    Measure Progress

    As with most new adventures, starting your exercise regime and/or diet is the hardest part. As far as exercise is concerned, the beginning stages of sore muscles and struggling for breath can leave you discouraged and wanting to quit. Sticking it out and having those trying moments written down will allow you to reflect on how far you’ve come since you started.

    Even once you’ve gotten into a rhythm, you’ll find that some days are harder than others. When you hit any pitfalls, a fitness journal will remind you of all the hurdles you’ve overcome thus far.

    Beginning a diet is also frustrating, often not bearing any immediately visible results. Overcome the starting-out slump, and your journal will show you that you’re improving, even incrementally. And if you’re not losing weight or feeling healthier, it should show you why.

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