My gym partner and I are always irritated by the influx of people in January to the gym. All of a sudden, the gym is crowded and we have to adjust our workouts to work around all the new fitness fanatics and we give up chatting since we’re several machines apart. A few weeks later, most of them have disappeared and we no longer have trouble getting treadmills or stair climbers next to one another. If you have resolved to improve your fitness this year, you don’t have to fall into the category of February quitters.
First, read my tips on how to make good habits stick. One of the tips I didn’t include there, but has been shown to be highly effective, is to track and log your activity and progress. I have used several different training logs over the years and what I’ve learned is that although in theory it’s a great idea to track every detail (e.g. time of workout, duration, how you felt, how much sleep you got the night before, etc.), in practice this gets burdensome.
So, I created a simple one-page worksheet to track your progress. You can simply put a checkmark in for each day you manage to workout. You can put a number in to indicate how long you worked out or how far you walked or ran. Or, you can develop a code to indicate whether you did a cardio, strength, or other type of workout on a given day.
It’s up to you how you want to use it, but if you want to reach your fitness goals, I highly recommend that you DO use it. It will work even better if you post it somewhere prominent in your home where you will be sure to see it every day.