Quick intro: This is one in a series of Top Success Tips – little tips and tricks that are designed to push you a step towards your goal. At the end of the series, I’ll post them all together in an overview.
Taken actions after actions as you started any goal, after a few weeks, you cannot figure out the progress you made.
After a few weeks;
- You won’t be able to remember about the exercise done, a few days earlier;
- Don’t know what worked for you;
- Miss the chance to learn what are the changes required to maintain or increase the rate of progress.
Tracking effort made and progress is the key strategy to stay on track and it proves beneficial in many ways.
If you don’t maintain a record, you won’t be able to know the progress rate due to a certain action or effort. You won’t be able to know what worked and what didn’t. As you won’t be able to know the rate of progress through certain actions, you will miss the important opportunities to learn and improve.
You won’t be able to track the reason when the rate of progress gets stagnant. If you keep the record, you will find the real problem, thus you will come with a better solution before your goal faces a major setback. If your energy or fitness level degrades, you will find the problem just by checking your workout and nutrition journal.
With a journal, you know the reason of problems so the problem will be easy to find. If there is no record, then it will be tough to guess the actual changes and the cause of the problem.
When you get started with any routine, it is important to start with a minimum, to learn better about oneself.
With proper tracking, you will know what works and what doesn’t work for you. If the plan/routine is working, then it means the plan is good. If a routine isn’t working then you can make changes without wasting time.
Some of key importance to track a fitness routine
- To see whether you are eating healthy
- Is your workout plan working to not
- Is there important in health
What You Can Track?
Many things can be tracked depending on your goal.
For a weight loss goal, you can track body composition with the body fat percentage, body weight, lean body mass. You can even take pictures every week with same outfit and light condition.
You can track the food type you ate and the workout routine. For an eating routine, it’s important to track every big change as it will influence weight loss rate and even health.
To track athletic performance, you can track speed, endurance, strength changes.
For a health, you can track blood sugar, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.
Things you want to track depends on your goal. Select few things to track changes, its effect and how to improve it.
1. Don’t Go With Complexity
Maintaining a journal to track the progress is important, but that doesn’t mean to get every calculation correct.
Avoid counting calorie instead you can prefer to go with types of food and quantity you ate.
Look at what you can track without burdening with a list things to track.
2. Review And Keep On Making Changes
Review your journal every week or bi-weekly. If everything going as per plan you can continue it. You can make possible changes when you find any improvement chance.
Top 7 Success Tips
#3. Start With Basic