Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday’s Training Tip: Log Your Workout
One of my favorite training tools is a record, or log, of my running workout. Whether you are tracking miles, reps, or time in the gym, you will find great satisfaction in watching the numbers add up each month. There are many ways to log your efforts from writing miles on a wall calendar to using an app that gives added information such as pace and calories burned. Here are just a few.
CalendarYou choose the information you want to record. Are you adding up miles each month or do you simply want to cross off each day in an effort to obtain consistency? A wall calendar is public and allows family members or co-workers to see your progress and encourage you along the way.
Fitness AppsA fitness app can track your workout, provide workout analytics, link your favorite music, and even give feedback during the workout. I like Map My Run. I set mine to give feedback every half mile. It tells me how far and how fast (or slow) I am going. You can even share the information on Facebook – if you are brave enough!
Follow a Training PlanIf you are goal minded and have decided to train for a 5K or longer, download a training plan and then write all over it. “Today’s run was hard.” Or, “I rocked it today! Fifteen seconds under goal pace!” And so on.
Report to FriendsI belong to a group of family and friends that record our miles and share them with each other. This can help keep you on task. “They are expecting me to log something today. I better get out the door.” Or, “If I just go two more miles, I will have the most in the group!” Including others in your fitness pursuits helps encourage everyone to reach their goals. Never underestimate the value of friends!
If you are having trouble with consistency in your training routine, maybe it’s time to find a new way to keep you accountable. Try something different or a combination of those listed above. The best training log is the one that works for you.
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