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Fit Tip: Keep a Diet and Exercise Journal

Now that it's December and 2008 is only a couple weeks away, I'm sure New Year's resolutions are on your mind. Many people have the general goal to be fit, or to exercise more, but they are not quite sure how to make that happen.

Might I suggest keeping a diet and exercise journal? Keeping track of what you eat and how much you exercise can really help you stay on top of your goals. It pays to be organized. You can also write down your fitness- and health-related New Year's resolutions. Most importantly, you can write down your successes, too, like how much weight you've lost, or how you can run 20 minutes straight.

I like to use a blank book like this Moleskin Sketchbook ($16.95), because it allows me to write freely about anything I want. If you need a little more organization, you can get a BodyMinder Workout and Exercise Journal ($10.17), so you can keep track of all the details of your workouts, like how much weight you're lifting or how many reps you've done that day. If you love coloring, you could also get the Streamline Colors Fitness Journal ($7.95). It's a calendar that is color coded, so each day that you take a walk, you can color the box in yellow. If you do weight training, put in a dot of red. It's a creative and visual reminder to help you get moving. Sounds like a great gift idea for the health nut in your life (and you can even add it to your Christmas list).

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