Issues finding motivation to keep working out? I have two words for you: workout log.
If you’re anything like me, you’re awesome at keeping up with daily workouts for a couple weeks or so, and then you lose interest for a month or maybe longer. I get lazy and pretty much anything sounds better than exercise. Consistency was never my friend. That is, until I began keeping track of my workouts.
I discovered that writing down my workouts really helped me stay on board the fitness train. At first I would write down my workouts in a notebook, but there were so many details (like in circuit workouts or random weight exercises) that I stopped because it took forever. Then I asked my boyfriend if he knew of any online places he or any of his friends have used to track their runs. He mentioned logarun.com. So, ever since March of this year, I have been recording quick blurbs of my workouts throughout the week. I can proudly say I have worked out around 5 to 6 days every single week since I began the workout log. ‘Tis definitely the longest period of time I have ever been able to consistently workout in my life.
Here’s a screen shot of this month:
I like the calendar view because I can easily go back and look at what I’ve done throughout the week or month. Plus, it calculates my time/mile and weekly amount of miles ran. In my weekly workout schedule, I try to run every other day (usually interval runs on the treadmill), cross train between days (i.e. elliptical, circuit workouts, etc.), do one long run, and take one day off. This has worked for me for awhile now so I’m stickin’ to it.
There are definitely other sites I’ve found that do this exact same service though. Two I just found through Google are MapMyRun and Runner’s World Log. They seem to have more options if that’s what you’re looking for.
Sticking to a workout schedule can be quite difficult, but once you force yourself to do it for a long enough period of time, it will become a routine. Documenting your daily workouts may not be enough motivation at first to create the routine, but I’ve found it definitely helps. What made it work so well for me was the fact that I could see my progress with running distance and times. It made me excited to run again and see how far I could go. Depending on how much you record on your workout log, you can see progress in your exercises, whether it’s reps, miles, times, or even the number of days you workout in the week.
If you’re looking for extra workout motivation, I definitely recommend logging your workouts in some form another. You might be surprised how well it keeps you accountable!