Similarly to most years I started this year with my goals for 2015. One of these goals is to improve my general health and fitness. A few years ago I was running a fast 5km and feeling remarkably fit, then due to a change in schedule and health problems, regular training got put on hold. Now in 2015 it’s back on schedule. Twenty days in I wanted to share some tips with you all may also have a desire to improve your fitness.
Most of us have trained at some point in our lives. Chances are if you’ve ever taken your training seriously you’ve used a training journal or a training log.
The main difference between training journals and training logs, is what you document in them after each workout or day, etc. Training journals are just that. They are more of a journal rather than a log. They will normally include things like mental health and how you felt during the day or your workout. They can reach a bit into some statistical information, but this is normally saved for a training log.
Training logs are usually created of off some sort of a template. For example. Everyday you fill out a form that has the same fields. Things like current weight, daily workout, diet information, number of reps are all things that can be put in a training Log on a day to day basis.
I wouldn’t suggest going all one route or all the other, both journaling and logging are important to keep effective records of your past. I’ve found out through practice that it’s normally far more convenience to have two combined in some way. This way it’s always easy to remember to do both.
So what are the advantages of recording your training? The number one benefit of recoding your training is to have a detailed history to look back on. When were you most committed? When did you improve the most? What was the most fun? It is also very useful for understanding out for injuries or for periods of burnout.
Another reason, to keep a fitness journal, is to help plan. Have you ever sat down and tried to plan out training with nothing to work with? If you have something to look back upon a detailed account of what you’ve done over the past few weeks it’s easy to plan ahead, and to effectively increase your workout intensity, etc to improve for the future. If you run 5km in 30 min last week, you can realistically plan to run it in 29 minutes this week. Without the past, records your just randomly selecting numbers. Worst you can use other people’s data and end up under or over train.
A detailed journal is also surprisingly nice to have simply for personal use, and to be able to look back on past months and years, to remember how much you have improved.
So find a nice notepad and start recording. Below is a template you may find useful.