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Start a Fitness Journal to Stay Motivated

Even the most dedicated fitness fanatics can dread a workout. There's nothing wrong with taking a day off when you're just not feeling it, but when a lack of motivation persists, it's all too easy for those days off to build up into a block of sedentary time.

Staying motivated requires an understanding of purpose, so be your own coach and keep track of your fitness goals in a separate journal. Whether you're hoping to run a marathon or trying to run a mile, the road to achieving your goals takes inner strength and drive. Once you have reached one of your goals, make self-motivation a habit by setting a new one to take its place.

If you need help tracking your workouts, check out my printabale fitness journal.


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
at my fittest (and most motivated), i printed out a monthly calendar and every day, recorded the amount and type of cardio i did, and also the type of strength training i did and the muscle groups involved. it was really motivating and helpful to have a monthly picture of the workouts i'd done at a glance -- VERY rewarding to see many blocks with writing in them, and motivating when the calendar was a little more sparse. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
wickedlanie omg so me lol! I am a little over the top when it comes to perfectionism (is that a word)? Anyways, I just write down on my calendar which days I go to the gym.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I use best site for a food journal!!
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I've been doing this on the self website for their challenge and it's so awesome. I totally stayed on target for my calorie goals. And it makes me stop and think before I want to indulge in something because I don't want to write it down. And I hate seeing my exercise log blank, so it motivates me to do more, even if I can only squeeze in a 20 minute run it makes me feel better. And wickedlanie, it's OCD for you, it automatically tracks your cals in and cals burned. I've only been doing it a week and half, but last I checked I was already down 2 pounds.
bella85 bella85 8 years
wickedlanie, I can totally understand you because I'm the same type of person. Therefore I don't count calories, I simply record if I worked out that day or not and what kind of exercise it was (cardio or muscles), because I know myself, I would get obsessed with it. So I agree, you have to be careful with food and fitness journals.
bella85 bella85 8 years
That's a good idea! I recently made my own fitness journal. It's a simple chart, but it helps me to work out more and to keep an overview.
wickedlanie wickedlanie 8 years
I'm not trying to knock on something that obviously helps a lot of people. But, when someone is somewhat OCD (ie. me) tries this, I take it too far. I'd want the calories of each day to match and if they didn't I'd increase workouts extensively to somehow try to balance out the calories. At one point, I started making caloric goals lower and lower to the point where I started to scare myself. When I'm thinking properly, I know this is just nuts. So, I stopped using a journal and just work by intuition and it's working great so far. Just wanted to add caution. No one thing works for all; some can be detrimental to some.
cinnamon-x3 cinnamon-x3 8 years
This is definately one of my favorite articles. I bought a journal about a week or two ago, and i write in it every night before I go to sleep. My writing skills and eating habits have improved SO much and i REALLY recommend getting one! I write down my weight every single night, and just list off exactly what i ate and how i felt after. If i'm stressed out or under alot of pressure, i vent and find out what exactly is triggering my bad eating habits. Just a little over a week this has helped me so much, and my weight has dropped from 121 to 117!! So stop putting it off and GO BUY ONE! Also remember to get 8 hours of sleep! Hope this helped
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