What do you do/use to track or plan your workouts?
There’s a number of apps, websites and diaries out there where you can plug in or write down your workouts. I have personally used the FitBit app, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and a Believe Journal. I have found all 3 of these apps really useful, particularly MapMyRun which I still use today because I don’t own a fancy Garmin watch (yet!) and haven’t quite figured out how accurate my FitBit is at tracking mileage (it’s the ChargeHR from a couple of years ago) but over time I’ve discovered what works best for me.
It all started with a really simple spreadsheet that I began using to track when I was sore or having problems with my back to feed back to the chiropractor. Rather than telling him, “oh, it was sore the other day” I could tell him exactly what day I was sore and what I had been doing that day or days previous, in order to see if there was a pattern in my pain.
I have a seperate tab for each month with all the dates pre-entered, then a column for the workout and one for any notes. Here is my July workouts so far!
I realised that I love being able to see all my workouts in a list like that as it really does show all the hard work I’ve put in. It motivates me and it only takes 30 seconds to fill it out after a workout. There’s no tricking the mind into thinking you’re doing more or less when it’s written down in front of you. I can’t lie to myself about the work I’m putting in. Right now, I’m getting results because, as you can see there, I’m putting in the work.
It keeps me on track as I can also see where I skipped workouts or took rest days. I had a bit of a rough time at the start of the month which meant I prioritised family over working out. It’s not normal for me to take 3 days rest in a row.
If you have any tips or suggestions for tracking and staying accountable, let me know!