Health & Fitness: Journaling, Phone Apps & Other Fitness Helps
“You are what you eat” …
“Abs are made in the kitchen” …
I could go on and on, but you get the point. The key to getting and keeping the results you want; is a clean, well-balanced diet.
1. The Bento Box
I write CONSTANTLY. Many reasons for keeping a fitness journal are good - and I’m sure you’ve heard a few of them. But my top two reasons for keeping my journal are:
A. History- I like being able to look back and see my history. Where I’ve come, what I’ve done and how I’ve felt. For example, let’s say I log that I had Chinese for dinner (LOTS of sodium) then the next day I log that my workout felt lazy, I had gained some weight and I felt tired.
B. Keeps me Accountable- Nothing stinks worse than the guilt of missing my workout. What makes that even worse? Having a blank page in my journal. That’s extra motivation to get moving in my book – no pun intended.
And side note, if you don’t like pen and paper writing, there are plenty of online FREE fitness journals to keep you on track.
We’re going to break this one up into two categories:
A. The Music
I am one of those people who has a VERY hard time working out without music. I need a beat to motivate me to push harder. It was said in the movie “Immortal Beloved” that
“It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer.”
So, I choose composers/artists who send me into the mental state of fast and furious exercise. I have playlists for everything: Cardio day, legs day, back day, you get my point. I take my workout and my workout music very seriously. If you hear a song on the radio that gets your feet tapping, download it. Chances are it will get them running on the treadmill just as well.
B. The Workout
You would think that since I own a gym and teach classes that I have no problem finding time to work out. If you thought that, however, you’d be wrong. Even though I am working out during my classes, I don’t consider that MY workout; my solo - thinking only of me and my goals - time. I use my phone frequently when I’m running short on time. There are hundreds if not thousands of apps out there to help you stay on track. A few of my favorites are :
* Log Your Run – This is kind of self-explanatory, but great though, because I can listen to music while logging my distance, time, etc.
So, there you have it. Those are my three go-tos to keep my on track with my goals. In addition, I also have motivational sayings posted all over my house and office and make it a habit to read something inspirational every day. I hope some of my tricks help you or give you inspiration. Feel free to share any of yours. Like I always say, we’re all in this thing called “life” together.
Yours in health and fitness,