A health and fitness journal can be a great asset for helping you lose weight, tone up, and stay in escape. Health and fitness journals involve so much more than writing about what you ate and whether or not you’ve exercised. It also involves paying close attention to your own thoughts, feelings, and your overall body and how it reacts to different types of foods you put in it. Diet and exercise journals can feel strange to use at first, but the more you use them, the higher the chance will be of you actually adding writing into it as a part of your daily routine. The trick to getting yourself comfortable with using a diet and exercise journal is to always have it with you, and to recognize that you can (and should) use it as a personal journal, too.
Put Thoughts and Feelings to What You Eat and How It Makes You Feel
The names of the foods that you have eaten and the amount of calories they have is just the tip of iceberg for what you should write in your health and fitness journal. When you first begin writing, start out by jotting down what you had for breakfast. If you are counting calories, then also put in the amount of calories that your breakfast contained. After you’ve written down what you had for breakfast, write about how you fell within 30 minutes to an hour.
Don’t just talk about if you feel full or still hungry. Talk about your overall mood. If you feel like you have extra energy after eating a certain breakfast, don’t forget to jot that down in your journal. If you were feeling foggy, or even depressed before you date, and your mood has changed (for better or worse) make a note of it. Don’t forget to add the time and date to each entry so that you can pinpoint the times when you start to feel hungry.
Keep a Record of the Exercises You Do and How Your Body Reacts to Them
One of the best things about health and fitness journals is that they allow you to document how well your body is adjusting to certain exercises. For example, if you start off only being able to do three reps for five squats each during your first week, and then later you move to being able to five reps of ten squats, it can be extremely motivating to you. Many times we don’t often pay attention to just how much work we are putting into getting in shape, especially if it seems like the physical resorts are taking a while to show up.
With a health and fitness journal, you can go back and look at the record of all of you hard work and see where it is paying off even if it doesn’t seem like the scale is changing for you as quickly as you want it to. You can also make a note of what exercises cause you the most trouble, so that you can target those specific muscles.
Identify Any Issues Caused From Eating Certain Foods
Finally, a health and fitness journal is a great way to spot things like food allergies and sensitivities. If you notice that eating certain foods causes you to have a headache, or sends you on multiple trips to the bathroom, make a note of it in your health and fitness journal. If these foods continue to cause you trouble, bring your journal to your doctor and make them aware of the issues that you are having. You could have a mild allergy to something that you eat all the time that could be causing you several health problems.
Health and fitness journals can help take the frustration of keeping track of what you eat, and what exercises work best for you. Best of all, it is a record of your dedication to getting in shape. Wanting to fill every page will help keep you motivated to keep working on your goals. Also when you remember to bring your journal with you, you may feel less tempted to make poor eating choices. The healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel.