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Here’s Why You Should Keep a Fitness Journal

August 25, 2021

Like life, fitness isn’t a destination – it’s a journey. Along the way, there are bound to be bumps and turns. Which can make sticking to your commitment even more challenging. 

Some days it can be a struggle to find the motivation you need to keep moving forward. This rings especially true when you’re struggling to push past plateaus and hit those fitness goals.

We’re here to let you in on a little secret: a fitness journal might be just the thing that your journey has been missing. Here’s how to do the whole ‘fitness journal’ thing and how your health and fitness regimen can benefit from it.

What Is a Fitness Journal?

Here’s why people journal: it’s a quick and easy way to watch your progress towards goals and identify any roadblocks along the way. A fitness journal is basically a health and exercise logbook.

While some people focus on tracking fitness habits alone, it can also be used to keep an eye on your overall physical and mental well-being. 

Fitness isn’t a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. There are multiple factors that affect how you perform each day. From nutrition to mood to water intake, you can tailor what you track in your journal to fit your unique needs.


Benefits of Keeping a Fitness Journal

If you’re not the journaling type, you’re probably wondering what the purpose of a fitness log is. While it might seem tedious to stay on top of your exercise logbook, we promise the benefits are well worth it.

1. Track Progress

We all know the feeling of plateauing. But what if you weren’t really hitting that wall? There’s a good chance that you’re making progress – but at a rate that might not be visible on a daily basis. 

An exercise journal can show you that small progress can add up to big changes over time. If you feel like you struggle with staying committed when you’re just not seeing the results you want, a fitness bullet journal can inspire you to keep going.

2. Reach Your Goals

A workout log can be a simple way to help track your progress towards your goals.

Goal setting is the first step, but the rest can be a bit more tricky. Reaching your goals can feel like a challenge on good days and nearly impossible on off days.

A wellness or fitness habit tracker can help you reach your goals by keeping them visible and front of mind. When you can visualize success, you’re more likely to achieve it.

3. Stick to a Schedule

A fitness journal can help you manage your schedule so that you know precisely how much time you have to dedicate to working out.

Sometimes half the battle of committing to fitness is simply finding a place to squeeze it into jam-packed schedules. Between Zoom meetings and meal prep, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have time to workout. Blocking out a chunk of time in your fitness journal will help you stick to your commitment and make sure other things don’t get in the way.

4. Stay Focused & Motivated

It’s easy to lose motivation when you’re not seeing the progress you’d hoped for. Small progress often goes overlooked when you’re looking for big changes. A fitness journal can change that and help keep you focused on the end goal.

If you’re feeling disappointed or uninspired, look back at the progress you’ve diligently tracked. Don’t dismiss all of your hard work and dedication. You’ve put in the effort and now you can celebrate it as you go thanks to your fitness journal.

5. Provides Accountability

It can help provide more visible accountability – which can be essential on those days where you’re struggling to stay motivated. This is especially true if you’ve got that solo workout personality.

Writing down and tracking your goals in a fitness journal can help keep you accountable. In fact, the simple act of writing down your goals can radically change your mindset. 

Some scientific studies have shown that there’s a 76% success rate for those who write their goals down. That’s nearly 30x more than the groups who did not define their goals at all.

6. Supplements Personal Training

A fitness journal can highlight what’s working – or what’s not. While this can be helpful if you’re working out alone, it’s even more beneficial for your personal trainer. Keeping track of your fitness routine and nutrition regimen can provide helpful insight for your trainer. For example, if your goal is to lose weight or shed a few inches, your personal trainer might be able to identify some hidden barriers in your diet or exercise routine. 



What to Track in Your Fitness Journal

Ultimately, what you choose to track in your gym journal should be based on your goals. Here are a few examples of what you can track in your daily workout journal:


  • Strength training goals
  • Weight loss goals
  • Body measurements
  • Water intake
  • Mood
  • Nutrition & diet 


In addition to a tracker, it’s also a good idea to jot down a few stream of consciousness sentences each day. Capturing your thoughts and feelings as you go along might expose some subconscious thoughts that you might not have known about otherwise.


How to Keep a Workout Journal

It’s easy to learn how to make a workout journal. It only takes a few things and just a few minutes of your day. Simply grab a notebook and pen and find a system that works for you. 

There are a few different ways you can approach a fitness tracker journal. If you want to get started quickly, there are a variety of pre-designed essential fitness journals. If you’d prefer to keep it simple, you can find free and easy-to-use fitness planner printables. Some are even customizable.

But if you’re ready to dive head-first into the world of bullet journal trackers for your daily workouts, you can start a journal with blank, dotted, or even lined pages. Simply add in sections for what you’d like to track and stick to your daily journaling habit.

The key thing to remember is that your log book can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like. That’s the beauty of an exercise log book – you can make it fit to your preferences.


Fitness Journal Ideas to Keep You Inspired

You can use these ideas to learn how to start your own workout journal. 



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Ryan H


Ryan Hoang is a former fitness trainer, fashion entrepreneur, and creative force behind the modern activewear brand Centric. As a fitness enthusiast and apparel industry professional, he always strives to design and create high performance athletic apparel without compromising fashion for function. When he is not busy working on Centric, you will find him at the gym sweating it out or in the kitchen trying out new recipes.