You’re ready to start your workout journey. In ninety days (if you’re doing P90X workout) or sixty days (if you’re doing the INSANITY Workout) or six weeks (if you’re doing Slim in 6) you’re going to transform your body into something completely different than what you started with. But trust us when we say, it will be a journey, and it will be difficult for you at times. One thing we’d recommend is the idea that you keep a workout journal while you’re going through this process.
Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to sit down every night and write a five hundred word essay about how you felt emotionally about that day’s workout (though, if that helps you, you should by all means do that). The reason that we think that keeping a workout journal is important is twofold:
It Keeps Track of Your Results: On day thirty of your new workout plan, you may be feeling tired and ready to call it quits. When that happens, every tool that you have that could help you re-motivate will be important. When you flip back through your journal and see how hard things were at first, how different your body is now and how much you’ve changed your weight, shape and stamina, you’ll find the extra motivation you need to get through the next workout.
It Helps You Learn: There’s a reason that, in school, you were told to take notes. When people write things down, they commit them to memory more easily. You’re entering this workout program not only in order to get healthy, lose weight and create a great body. You’re also entering this workout program in order to learn how to be fit and healthy moving forward in your life. Keeping a journal and writing down what you learned that day about exercises, fitness, diet and healthy living is a way to help you really learn those things in order to incorporate them into your life more regularly in the future.
Keeping a workout journal won’t take you too long! You can even do it online using simple blog software if you want! It’s a great use of your time, however. You don’t need to spend more than fifteen minutes documenting your workout for the day, but those fifteen minutes will definitely come back to be to your benefit later. A workout journal is almost as important as a refillable water bottle!