By Jillian Warren
When you go to the gym, do you have a plan? Or is grabbing two dumbbells and pumping out a few strict presses all you got on the agenda? It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that all it takes to be fit is by doing a few random movements at the gym when really you have no direction and are just scrambling to figure out what to do. You need to implement a strategy that will help you put in the effort and get you the results you want.
What It Takes to Get The Right Results
We all know that to truly be healthy, getting a little exercise throughout the week can really improve those chances. But, what exactly makes you healthy? Is it the duration of your fitness movements? The heaviness of your lifts? How many days a week you spend working out? According to The Department of Health and Human Services, you should get between 75 and 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week as well as work on strength training at least two times a week. And while these numbers exist to hold you to a certain standard, the truth of the matter is this: We all should do what we need as individuals to actually succeed on our personal fitness journeys. That means creating goals that make sense and finding a way to keep you on track to that success.
How to Track Your Progress
Matthew N. Berenc, Director of education at the Equinox Fitness Institute in Los Angeles, says, “Maintaining a fitness journal can be one of the most impactful things you can do for your own training.” So, if you are feeling discouraged due to a lack of progress, it’s time to start tracking your activity.
While there are many ways you can track your progress, journaling is one that will make all the difference. This method is one of the best because it will force you to be honest with yourself. You’ll be able to write down a clear plan on how to achieve your goals and will also be able to peer through previous results to see what’s working and what isn’t. It’s a way to make your fitness journey more manageable and give you insight into what you might actually need to work on.
Sounds amazing, right? So, how does one get started on a fitness journal? Fortunately, Lifting The Dream has got you covered.
Meet Your New Accountability Partner
While any blank notebook, Excel spreadsheet, or fitness tracker app will do, we have something that will better fit you and your goals. Say hello to the Liftstyle Journal! Our CEO at Lifting The Dream, Malia Warren, has built a sophisticated journal that finally gives the tools needed to keep track of personal records and workouts. There are even special additions to this journal such as a chart dedicated to converting Kilos to Pounds, a built-in solar-powered calculator for figuring out all your complicated percentages, and even a zipper pouch to keep your journal safe from sweaty clothes in your gym bag. You can find a recurring measurements page throughout this journal too, with a wonderful note at the bottom stating, “Your worth is not defined by the size of your waist” - a very important message to remind yourself throughout your fitness journey.
The Liftstyle journal is a fun and simple way to track your daily progress, stay motivated, and feel inspired to improve.
Keeping a fitness journal isn’t necessary to stay fit, but it sure makes it easier to achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. By monitoring your progress, you’ll stop with pointless workouts that waste your time and start figuring out what works best for you. Stay on track and journal it out!
Has tracking your fitness progress via a journal improved the way you work out?
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