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Fit Tip: X Your Calendar After You Work Out

If you have a hard time motivating yourself to work out, here's a little trick. Every time you exercise, whether you go for a walk, hike with a friend, or hit the gym, mark that day with a big X in your calendar. It'll give you a quick general overview of how often you've been working out that month so far, plus it'll serve as a visual reminder of how long it's been since you last worked out.

If giant Xs don't do it for you, then draw a smiley face, or a heart, or a little flower. You can even use different shapes or colors to show what kind of activity you did each day. It's definitely a great feeling when you can look back in your calendar and see all those days marked off. For even more motivation, reward yourself every time you get 20 Xs.

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kia kia 7 years
Tee-hee. I have the foil star stickers you get in the office supply section.
millarci millarci 7 years
I've done something like this in the past. It does work as a motivation.
Lavinie Lavinie 7 years
i do this already and i find it sooo helpful. to be honest with you if i don't do it - i feel i lose track and may not go as much. i push myself to workout 4 days a week and so if it's wednesday and i see i've only gone once or something - it motivates me more to go so that i can get all my x's for the week. and i've also started a buddy system and we push each other to meet our 4 a week workouts and for every day we don't go - we put $5 in a piggy bank... it definitely helps to have that extra push from a friend.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Cool idea! I wish I would've thought of that back when I was first starting to work out. It definitely would have helped keep me motivated, that's for sure.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
Great idea! I just marked what I've done for the past week & a half, and will continue to put my florescent check marks on the days that I get my butt to the gym or go for a run. I think I'll add some of my daughters stickers, too!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I log my workouts on beginnertriathlete.com --- great way to see how far I've ran, swam, and biked :)
imcs imcs 7 years
what a great idea!!!! I'm going to buy a calendar during lunch now to keep track of my workouts... i'll also do the same with every day that I eat healthy througout the day :)
cvandoorn cvandoorn 7 years
This is cool. I log my work outs in an Excel sheet. I make it all colorful and organized...i'm obsessive compulsive like that.
natshea natshea 7 years
I just started an exercise routine this week and that sounds like a great way to keep me motivated. I'll give it a try.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 7 years
This is a fabulous idea! So simple. I love new ways of being accountable.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 7 years
This is a fabulous idea! So simple.I love new ways of being accountable.
chameleon7 chameleon7 7 years
I do something similar to CiaoBella. I tend to write down what form of workout I did and how long I did it for on a calender. For example: Cardio - 30. I do like Mamarosa way of doing it. Maybe I will get some stickers and see how that goes. Like Steen I am trying to get back to workout. So far writing it down doesn't quite help me. Maybe I have been doing it too long that I do not look at it that much or just have the calender in the wrong spot.
nameisjulie nameisjulie 7 years
I use little colored stars for everyday I work out. It really does make you feel good when you look at the calender at the end of the months and its covered in shiny little stars!
runfaster runfaster 7 years
I love this idea. Right now I'm using one of those click pens with six or eight different color inks, so I just make little marks in my day planner (running is red, swimming is blue, tennis is yellow, yoga is purple, etc) but I think it would be fun to see it all on the same page--because even though I know that most weeks are just a solid row of red dots with a few purples and maybe a few blues, it's easy to ignore just how much I stick with the same routine. I saw a dry erase calendar for the fridge somewhere--maybe I'll pick one up and see if it motivates me to branch out and incorporate different activities into my routine.
runfaster runfaster 7 years
I love this idea. Right now I'm using one of those click pens with six or eight different color inks, so I just make little marks in my day planner (running is red, swimming is blue, tennis is yellow, yoga is purple, etc) but I think it would be fun to see it all on the same page--because even though I know that most weeks are just a solid row of red dots with a few purples and maybe a few blues, it's easy to ignore just how much I stick with the same routine. I saw a dry erase calendar for the fridge somewhere--maybe I'll pick one up and see if it motivates me to branch out and incorporate different activities into my routine.
The-FBGs The-FBGs 7 years
Love this idea! I have about 10 markers that I color code all my different stats, times, distances, etc. with. A tad 5th-grade dorky, but it's fun!
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
Great idea... In fact, I've started my calendar by X'ing off my Bay to Breaker's run yesterday!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
i record the time i spend on cardio, and the types of strength training i do. it's a great motivator to see it all laid out!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 7 years
I record miles/time of a run or what I did at the gym (ie. tread/weights).
Mamarosa Mamarosa 7 years
also use smiley face stickers/ gold stars. It may be silly but when was the last time you got a sticker on a report for work? It's a great flashback to childhood and it makes me smile.
Mamarosa Mamarosa 7 years
also use smiley face stickers/ gold stars. It may be silly but when was the last time you got a sticker on a report for work? It's a great flashback to childhood and it makes me smile.
emalove emalove 7 years
I like this!!
ameliajc ameliajc 7 years
This is such a good tip. I already do this with stickers. It helps you see at a glance how much you've been working out.
AMP AMP 7 years
Ah, I do this!!! It helps me keep tracked of how often I'm working out... or not working out.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good way to actually visualize the maybe lack of exercise some people might get...
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