6 Powerful Benefits Of Logging Your Workouts.
In a 2007 study in the New England School of Medicine, research teams found 6 major benefits of logging your workouts
1. It reminds you of your goals so that you’re working towards something that is meaningful to you.
2. You experience higher engagement in each workout. You aren’t just going through the motions. You’re trying to improve over time.
3. You have proof of achievement. When you do reach a milestone, it’s right there on paper or pixels. You have a permanent record of it.
4. You feel a growing sense of competence when you see how far you’ve come. Making progress is a great motivator to continue.
5. You enjoy your workouts more which is what happens when you have a written record of achievement and increasing confidence in your abilities.
6. You’re more likely to stick with your routine and exercise consistently. Your log isn’t just a record of what you did when you showed up. It’s also a reminder of the times you showed up.
Just this week, I've had several clients realize they lifted a weight that was virtually impossible to do for reps just a few weeks ago.
This is why I write 4-6 week programs for every single client. We can then track and measure how they are improving each week.
This provides extra motivation and confidence as they can clearly see they are getting stronger and fitter.
This also helps with clients whose goals are weight loss.
We all know that focusing on the scale number can be demoralizing but having other performance-based goals can offset the disappointment of "bad" scale days.
Do you track your workouts at all?
I use notes on my iPhone. Nothing fancy. I have an app for clients but I also use excel. I'd love to hear if you track your workouts.