Let’s be honest, many of us wander from diet to diet looking for results and quickly changing to the next diet when we don’t get the results as fast or as effective as we would like to see. You might even go from gym equipment to gym equipment, with no real plan of attack at the gym. Planning is key to success, but tracking predisposes planning. In order to plan where you want to be, you must take in account where you are. A health journal is an excellent way to stay on top of your health and fitness journey.
The purpose of the journal is to be able to look at what’s working and what isn’t in regards to your unique diet and exercise goals.
Pick A Journal
I suggest a journal that is medium to large size to be able to take with you to the gym or simply record at home. You can also record your journal entries into a computer or online app.
Write Down Your Goal
Be mindful to pick a realistic and achievable goal. You may have one grander goal, but there are smaller goals that must fall into it. Whether your goal is to lower your body fat percentage by 1 or 2 percent, or to be able to run a 5k under a certain time constraint – writing it out will make you more mindful of it.
Create Plan Of Action For Success
Your plan can include the steps you will take to reach that goal. For example, if you want to lose a few pounds one of your actions can aim to increase your protein intake by 30 grams per day. Twice a week you can run a 5k at a slower pace and build your way up for the big run.
Record Record Record
Record how you feel each day after the diet and exercise you partake in. Once a week track your results by taking measurements or getting your body fat percentage taken.