If you’re looking to take your workout game to the next level, there is one easy way to do it – by logging your workouts.
There are so many benefits to tracking your progress. An ever-growing list of data on workout times, dates, duration (etc) has many uses – most importantly it can provide increased accountability and motivation.
Keep reading for some key ideas on why keeping a record of your workouts will help you meet your fitness goals.
Determine What Works Best For You
When it comes to fitness success, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Every exercise program consists of trial and error which is why it’s important to be able to monitor how your body responds to your exercise program so that you can make adjustments that make sense for you.
No one has time to waste on workouts that aren’t giving you results. A workout log keeps a running tally of workout data – fundamental information for evaluating progress, charting your path forward and achieving your fitness goals.
The log allows you to plan future sessions that move you along an upward trajectory and takes the guesswork out of your training regime to get you the results you’re after.
By logging workout data, you enhance your productivity and can quickly discontinue any workout regime that isn’t working. It will also help segment various areas for analysis and tweaking.
With every workout, you’re aiming for progress in some form or another – and progress could mean adding sets, reps, rest periods or even improved technique. The key is progression, and logging workouts enable you to keep that key goal in mind.
Focus on Your Why
As humans, we tend to thrive when we’re working towards a specific goal or purpose – and workouts need to have a goal or purpose, too. When your workouts have a goal, they become more efficient as you can maximize your time working on your goals and minimize all the rest.
For example, perhaps your goal is to gain core strength – logging your workouts can help you build a plan focused on the primary core strength-building exercises, supplemented by exercises that will help provide a balanced workout.
Looking back over that data helps you to see how your core strength is improving (or not) and make adjustments to your plan moving forward staying focused on your goal.
Another important factor that a workout log can assist with is determining how your lifestyle affects your workouts.
There will, of course, be days when you don’t get enough sleep or you have a completely draining day at work.
By recording this information, you can adjust your program by doing a lighter session on these days and then make up for it on other days when you have more energy.
Not only will this help you physically but it will be much better for your mental health as well.
Instead of taking twice as long to complete a session on an off day and feeling defeated, you’ll be able to do a modified workout you can still feel good about that day, and push harder on a day you have more energy.
Physical health and mental health go hand in hand. We don't have one without the other and a log helps you make good lifestyle choices that keep both your physical health and mental health on track.
Accountability and Motivation
Last, but surely not least, are two of the best reasons to track your workouts – accountability and motivation.
When you’re having success with your workout goals and start to see some rewarding physical changes it’s easy to feel motivated.
But, even if you don’t yet see a change on the scale or in the mirror, looking back over data collected is motivating and a great way to see that slow and steady progress. It can boost your confidence and determination to keep going and stick to your fitness goals.
Also, there seems to be a direct correlation between those who track their workouts, and those who make the best progress. And making progress, even if you only see it “on paper” is incredibly motivating to keep on keeping on.
And when it comes to accountability, that little workout log is the best kind of accountability partner.
Accountability helps you stick with your routine, push yourself and stay motivated to keep up with your fitness goals. It’s there to remind you what you have done and ready to record what happens next.
Lucky for you, the OOMPH app logs your workout data for you! You’ve got access to hundreds of fun at-home fitness workouts like boxing, HIIT, strength and kickboxing.
Choose the duration, intensity, and style of every session, and we'll help you burn fat, build muscle, and gain confidence charting all the important data as we go.
So, download the OOMPH app and start logging your workouts today!