Staying Accountable - fitness calendar

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

(I posted this as a thread in the message boards, but wanted to blog it too)

So.. I thought I was doing great, I was logging my exercise and thought that my routine was good... then I saw Coach Nicole's dailySpark article about her least favorite day to work out. It gave me the idea to actually log my exercises in a monthly calendar format as well as logging them in My Fitness here on Spark.

So I wrote down what I did on each day, did a big X through days that I did jack-squat, and highlighted each item in one of 4 different colours (one color for each of: Cardio, Abs/Core, Upper Body, Lower Body)

When you lay it all out like that, it's a big wakeup call to where you are failing yourself, in terms of your fitness routines. I had NO idea how often I really was (or rather, was NOT) working the different areas of my body in strength training. And it also went a long way to explaining my poor results for February, when I actually see how many days I took as "day off". Oops.

So... my suggestion for everyone is to print off a calendar (there are lots of free ones online) and do the same... it's a great way to show what you are actually doing for your fitness, and where you might want to "kick it up a notch".
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  • no profile photo CD3077858
    this sounds great, since I am visual did she have an example? I just might do that as well. I like calendars and highlighters.
    3162 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1430194
    i like this idea. i kinda started something like this yesterday but i think im going to do a calendar like you describe with highlighters and what not to make it easier to see. one thing i did last month that I LOVED is I cross off each day in my calendar as its over and if i ran that day i go back over the line in bright pink highliter! Sundays are my day off which means last month i took 5 "days off". Not too shabby considering 4/5 of those days are before I started a workout plan! Anyway, I'm off to go print out a desk calendar and grab 4 highliters! Thanks for the great idea!!!

    4042 days ago
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