We often talk about healthy foods to eat, or great exercise tips. Let’s not forget about tracking your progress.
Many people want to reshape their bodies through diet and exercise, but before you implement your workout routine you first need to have a plan. The best way to plan your exercise routine is to have a good training log on hand.
While measuring your waistline and weighing yourself each week will help you to determine if you’re on the right track, a workout log can help you further micromanage every aspect of your fitness routine so that you can track your progress down to every repetition.
Furthermore, having a journal handy will help to motivate you to reach the next level, burst through existing plateaus, and generally become fitter, stronger, and happier.
Whether you’re lifting weights, doing cardio, or combining both, you can create your own log or purchase one of the many training diaries available at book stores nationwide. While not free, many of these products come complete with helpful tips and motivational stories that might coerce you to work a little harder.
If you’ve decided to create your own journal, you’ll want to first determine if it’s for weight training or for cardiovascular exercise. Let’s assume for now that you’re going with a weight routine because you’re aware of the fact that lifting weights allows your metabolism to be boosted at all hours of the day, allowing you to shed fat even when resting.As you know, these are definitely some ways that you can shed weight quickly.
You’ll want at least five vertical columns and the first column should be a bit longer than the rest. This is where you’ll put in the name of the exercise (Bench Press, Upright Row, etc.).
The next column will be the weight that you’ll be using. It’s important to always keep track of the weight to ensure that you’re getting stronger and fitter.
The weight should increase incrementally at least once a week. If it stays the same, you’ll need to revamp your workout.
The next three or more columns should be used to document the amount of repetitions for each set you’ve performed. You can always add another column at the bottom for comments or notes about your workout.
The resulting chart will represent one day of weightlifting and you can recreate the basic template for each additional workout and then compare them against one another to ensure that progress is truly being made.
If however you went with a cardiovascular workout you would first need to decide which one you wanted to do. For example: let’s say you chose to run that day.
You’ll need to make a chart similar to the weightlifting log except that you’ll require far less paper. Since each row will represent a daily jog, you can have several weeks or even a month contained within one sheet.
Your first column should be for the date, so it doesn’t have to take up too much space. The one next to it can be either the length of time you ran for or the distance.
Whichever one you didn’t use first should logically follow and, if you have a caloric indicator handy, you can even log the amount of calories you’ve burned.
You can use this same principle for other types of cardiovascular workouts as well. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have success.
If you make sure that you know the right healthy foods to eat and exercise, your training log will always look great.