If you are ready to finally get some real results and lasting, long-term change out of your weight-loss routine, then you’re going to need to have a way to measure its effectiveness.
People will commonly give up on their goals way too early.
They believe they are not making any progress.
They can’t see any results and so this equates to their efforts going nowhere.
However, if you’re not tracking your progress, then, truth is, you have no real means by which to measure it.
You need to be able to take a look back at where you started and compare the data to where you are now.
This way you can evaluate what is and is not working for you.
Being able to see your progress helps you maintain motivation and see how far you’ve come.
Not having this information to look back on is a sure-fire way to set yourself up to lose sight of your goals.
We’ve all been there.
You’re frustrated. You’re overwhelmed. You’ve had enough and now you’re just ready to throw in your work-out towel because, well, you’re not even getting any results anyway, right?
You can’t even remember now WHY you even wanted to start this whole thing in the first place.
“Like, what was the whole point of this “workout routine” anyway?” You say to yourself, half mad at the world as you’re driving to the gym at 6am in the freezing rain.
A cookie (or three) slips in here and there. You start missing workouts and before you know it, there you are.
Right back at the starting line.
No one EVER starts with an intention to fail.
Although common, preventing this type of scenario really isn’t that hard to do.
Let’s discuss more specifically a few things that using a fitness planner can do for you!
REWARD THE SMALL WINS
Regardless of whether you have set the absolute intention or not, there is always a measurable end goal when starting any workout or wellness routine.
For example, if you are not aware of your specific “end goal,” per se, then just start by asking yourself “what was my primary motivator for wanting to establish healthier habits and routines in my life.”
Your answer will likely be the actual goal or something very close.
Sometimes seeing a fitness goal through to fruition can be likened to “the journey of a thousand miles.”
If you feel overwhelmed and like there is no end in sight, try not to place too much focus on how far you have to go. This can increase your overwhelm and leave you quitting before you have even started!
Focus instead on your wins for a little motivational boost!
A fitness planner will allow you to see how far you’ve come. Reward your progress and celebrate those small victories along the way.
Celebrating those wins will be huge for you when it comes to maintaining the motivation you need to keep going. This will be especially true on the days when you just don’t want to do it!
KEEPS YOU ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Keeping a daily record of your nutrition and workout schedules allows you to maintain focus on one primary goal at a time.
This primary focus prevents squirreling off for one to two weeks at a time and, for example, doing too much arm work or cardio, just because you “had a moment.”
Have your primary goal clearly written in your planner and review it on a daily or weekly basis to ensure you are on track to meet your goals.
If you notice yourself veering off track, make the necessary changes and quickly pivot.
Your goals will be realized before you know it!
TRACK AND RECORD WELLNESS-RELATED DATA
Monitoring progress goes well beyond your Monday-morning appointment with the bathroom scale.
Our bodies can be complicated and because none of us are truly a “one size fits all,” different wellness data will affect each of us differently.
Fitness planners allow space for you to record your sleep habits, length and quality of sleep, general mood and energy level, diet, hydration and time of workouts.
Utilizing this data in conjunction with your workout or nutrition plan will provide you with a more comprehensive overview of how your body is responding to your current plan.
Combining this data will reveal insightful information that will allow you to reach your goals much faster.
PLAN YOUR WORKOUTS IN ADVANCE
As cliché as it may sound, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Walking into a workout and just winging it is one of the least effective, most inefficient ways on the planet to reach your goals.
“Hey, hey! It’s arm day! Uhhhh…Wait. Did I do arms yesterday? Maybe that was shoulders. Crap! I can’t remember! Wait was that Tuuueesday I did cardio?”
Just NO right here. Don’t do this.
Go in with a plan. Know what you’re doing and what you’ve done the day and even the week prior.
This can be tedious work in the beginning, but it’s worth it.
As the months progress, you will get better at planning your workouts a month or so ahead and will likely only need to make minor adjustments from week-to-week as you advance in your progress.
PLAN FOR SPECIFIC REST DAYS
Your body must rest to repair and recover.
So, when planning your workout schedule each month, you should allow for a rest day every 4-to-5 days.
It is often after rest days that you will find a noticeable increase in your strength and/or endurance.
This is because during workouts, muscle fibers are broken down, or torn.
During periods of rest, the body repairs these muscle fibers to become stronger than they were before.
For some, it might be important to note that you may notice better results if you are able to correlate your rest days with the additional health and wellness data you are recording.
For example, if you know you only get 3-4 hours of sleep every Wednesday night for whatever reason, then it would be best to arrange your workout schedule inside of your planner so that it allows every Thursday as a rest day.
Using a fitness planner to plan ahead and track your progress as you go is essential to maintaining your motivation and staying on a focused path to achieving your goals.
A lack of motivation is one of the main reasons so many people abandon their goals for their old habits.
People lose motivation because they can’t see their progress.
Set yourself up to win right from the start and keep your motivation high by using a fitness planner to celebrate and record your many small victories along the way to achieving your ultimate goal.