September 26

Planning And Tracking

By Richard East

September 26, 2021

Training

Planning and Tracking

Planning

When it comes to health and fitness our best approach is to come at it in a structured manner. This gives us the best chance of success. Writing down what our goals are and when we want to achieve them at minimum. These written goals can change and morph as we go but at least we have a striating point.

It also acts as an assessment tool. We can come back to our goals/timings and see how we are progressing. This then allows us to either up our effort level or increase our frequency of workouts depending on our stage in the plan.

The old saying that ‘if you fail to plan then you plan to fail’ is very true when it comes to improving your overall health and fitness.

Fitness Tracking

If you are currently in the habit of exercising and physically challenging yourself on a regular basis, you are most certainly on the right path towards improving your health and overall quality of life. Working out is necessary to maintain functionality at virtually every point in our lives.

As you grow in your fitness journey, there is an almost certainty that you expect to see progress. Almost none of us would commit to doing something challenging for an extended period of time if we felt like we were getting nowhere. Ironically, many people do this very thing when it comes to fitness.

Working out is great but doing it without seeing any progression or achievement can be demoralising and lead us to stopping. If we create the ability to track progress then this will keep us interested and provide us the drive to continue pushing day after day.

If you want to truly maximize your progression and satisfaction from working out, you need to be keeping track of the journey.

In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the easiest and most convenient ways to keep track of your fitness.

Keeping A Physical Journal or Using Online Tools

Using a journal is by far the most tried and true method for logging your workouts. This type of fitness tracking allows you to keep a live record of your workouts in real time. You can also ‘Mark As Complete’ any exercise videos that you do with Active-Rest and keep a log of what you have done as you go. This is all saved under ‘My Content’ once you are a full member.

Fitness Apps

I use my Apple iWatch to track every session I do and I note down how many calories I am burning per workout. I always record my sessions. The actual app then records lots of data which may or may not be useful down the line.

Using a fitness app certainly makes life easier to record everything in one place.

Also on my site, as stated, you can ‘Mark As Complete’ on any workout or quick workout video. This enables you to keep a great log of what you have done. You can also ‘Favourite’ any video that you enjoyed so that you can come back to it another time.

Online Fitness Communities 

Once you become a member you can then also gain access to the online community where you can discuss your progress with other people going through the same journey as you. You can gain a wealth of knowledge from here and also ask questions that you may have to me.

Planning and Tracking your journey is so important and whilst too much information can cause overload not having any log can be detrimental. Finding that perfect balance is imperative and that is what Active-Rest is all about.

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