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How to Keep a Fitness Calendar

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Do you know how to keep a fitness calendar? A fitness calendar is one of the most useful tools anyone with a mind towards physical fitness can assemble. Use the following tips as a guide to creating your very own fitness calendar.

  1. Use a blank calendar, or a computer tool to generate a blank calendar with lots of room for writing detailed information. This calendar is going to be your lifeline to healthy living.
  2. On your calendar list your goals, start date and anticipated goal deadline. In addition to long-term goals (I want to lose 100 lbs. in one year), list and track smaller measurable goals like the 5 lbs by Mother’s Day goal, or the “drop one pants size by October 12th.” The smaller goals will keep you moving forward towards the larger goals and help motivate you to stay on track.
  3. List your preferred days for workouts, the types of workout to be performed and resting days. It all starts with a plan. While a plan will help you stay on track, have enough flexibility built in that your plan won’t completely cave if you miss a day, or something comes up.
  4. Track every single workout. Not only should you list the workout if you ran, write where you ran, for how long, and how many steps were taken, or calories burned. It’s an excellent way to track your progress as your endurance increases. If working out to a series of exercise DVDs, write the specific program used, the number of repetitions performed, the amount of weight lifted, etc. Not only will it help you with progress, but if an injury does result, you’ll know how much weight was lifted, which trail not to use, etc.
  5. A food diary should also be kept on your fitness calendar. It’s a great way to determine if you are taking in more calories than your workouts are burning up, or if you’re meeting your nutritional goals.
  6. If daily/weekly dates with a scale are your passion, be sure to record these numbers as well. If weight loss has been progressing steadily and suddenly you plateau, all the information found in your fitness calendar should help you devise a new plan of attack. If using clothing as a guide to meeting fitness goals, track the size of clothing being worn regularly for approximations. Remember that measurements are typically the most accurate way to track fitness changes.

Keeping a fitness calendar is a great way to remove the guesswork from your fitness goals. Whether you’re out to increase endurance, lose weight, or establish a healthy nutrition plan, a fitness calendar will help you track your progress.

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