Advice and Your Fitness Journal

August 18

Contrary to what some may believe, becoming healthy is not a one-person job. There are many ways of reaching out to others for help, such as hiring a fitness coach or joining a group of people to help keep you on track. There’s no denying that having a supporter or someone to whom you’re accountable can be truly helpful in keeping you on the road to success.  There’s no reason, then, that you can’t apply this same principal to your fitness journal.
What would this support system look like in your fitness journal? Imagine that you’re a reporter, and you’re looking for the scoop on successful weight loss. Look around you; is anyone in the process of becoming fit? Is there, perhaps, someone who has recently completed this journey? If you know people who fit these standards go to them and ask their advice. What are their tips? Do they have any secrets? All these bits of information can be logged in your fitness journal for later reference.

In order to avoid information overload, here are some main topics to seek advice on. First, goal making. Going to someone who has been successful in becoming fit and asking them how they set their goals can be a great way of discovering if you’re being realistic in your own goal making. Unrealistic goals can make your journey to fitness just about impossible, so be sure to talk to your mentor about what a realistic goal is. Also remember to write your achievable goals in your fitness journal; having things set in stone can make your goal seem all the more real.

A second topic of concern is exercising. Not all workouts are created equal, and it’s important to figure out what kind of fitness you’re reaching for. Do you want to build muscle or just slim down? Talking to a person who has experience in exercising can help you define what a good work out would be for you. You can ask a friend or, if you’re a gym member, see if there isn’t someone there who can guide you towards the best routine for you.  Ask them to list a few different options for you, and then write those down in your fitness journal so as to not forget.

A final important question to discuss with a fitness mentor is what a realistic workout would be for you. Vowing to jog for an hour before work is probably not a good idea for someone who isn’t good about getting up in the morning. Have an honest conversation with someone who has been where you are, such as a successful friend, family member, or co-worker, can help you to better understand your personal fitness trek. By taking the time to talk to people who can relate to you and offer you sound advice, and by writing that advice in your fitness journal, you are setting yourself up for a more successful journey.

Fitness journals provide that extra boost of confidence that you need when you are working so hard towards your fitness goals. Not only can you read over the advice you’ve recorded from others, it can give you a place to write all of your thoughts down too. Not only your goals, but also all of the struggles and victories that you feel along the way. The journal is a record of your journey to fitness.

And what an exciting journey that is. Exercise and healthy eating improves your life tremendously and the journal will be your proof as you gain confidence and move with ease. Becoming not only stronger, but also slimmer, trimmer and feeling great.

Even if you don’t use a trainer or fitness mentor, your fitness journal can help to keep you on track. By recording everything you eat and drink and all of the exercise that you do, you have an accurate record to determine what foods and exercise work for you and note any changes that need to be made.

A fitness journal also goes a long way to keep your weight from getting out of hand. If you find that you’ve gained weight, you can examine the circumstances, any new foods or exercise, an increase in stress, or even schedule changes can be the culprit. Careful monitoring of your activities will help to get you quickly back on track.

There are so many benefits to keeping a fitness journal and you’ll probably find when you ask others who have been successful at losing weight and getting in shape, that a fitness journal is an ideal tool. We use tools everyday to make our jobs easier to do, why not use a tool that has proven success like a fitness journal.

You wouldn’t blindfold yourself if you were aiming at a target, so why approach your fitness endeavors blindly? Crack open a fitness journal and get busy. Record your current weight, measurements and dress size. Then set realistic goals for getting in shape.

You can have long term goals and short term goals, weekly goals and daily goals. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you some time to see them come to reality. Be happy with what you have achieved. Reward yourself by acknowledging each milestone along the way. This will keep you positive and will help to ensure your success.

If you do hire a fitness coach or mentor, you might want to share some of the things in your journal. They may help you plan some of your goals and give you tips on ways to achieve them. Sometimes just discussing your fitness goals with someone else will get you revved up and ready to go.
Once you’ve set your mind to losing weight and getting in shape by eating healthy and exercising, you’ll become more curious about physical fitness. Conversations you have with others, things you read and observe will likely reveal a real interest in fitness because it becomes such a way of life for you.  Your fitness journal can help to advice you every step of the way.

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~ Karen Ficarelli

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One Comment

  1. Although I completely agree with the idea of journaling, I find it difficult to stick to it. Most often, journals are either too complex, or not complex enough. Does anyone have any suggestions on journals? Is an internet-based journal better than a hard-copy type journal?

  2. Andrea on 08/18/2010 at 9:37 am

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