Do you track your workouts?

So many of us give our all towards our training and nutrition

Day in and day out really focusing on ticking the boxes. After all, you all know consistency is key by now. Maybe your track your nutritional intacke. But do you track your workouts? Whether your goal is to lose weight, to hit more Personal bests (PBs) or generally get fitter then tracking progress is absolutely vital.

In the end, how do you know you are making progress in any of these areas if you don’t actually have records to follow.

You might feel like your clothes are looser, scale weight lighter. But if those aren’t happening and you want them to, then the only way is to track. So you can follow and learn what changes need to be made.

Here are my favourite reasons, as a coach, to track your health and fitness journey daily:

Making progress with weights

You use in the gym (i.e. progressive overload). Is going to seriously benefit you in knowing whether you are getting stronger or not. Strength gained in the gym is almost guaranteed to have an effect on your physique (calories taken into account of course). The more you lift, the more the influence will be on your muscle mass and ‘toned’ look.

Using a simple notebook to track your workouts will suffice.

You can see where you are going wrong!

I hear so many ladies complaining of not knowing where they are going wrong. Either in the gym or in the kitchen and can I tell you what I always ask for as a coach? A food or exercise journal! It is easy to miss something if you don’t have a written record of it. Plus, our conscience doesn’t like guilt so that extra slice of cake plus chocolates with movies last week won’t want to register unless you see it on paper! The opposite works too, so many ladies under eat and wonder why it becomes a big challenge to lose any weight.

This form of tracking will help, and I would advise using an app like My fitness Pal or Fat Secret. BUT I want to add that this isn’t recommended for anyone struggling with their relationship with food, eating disorders and the likes. We’re asking, do you track your workouts, but tracking food intake is equally important.

It will help you stick to your goals as well as motivate you!

Knowing that you need to fill that note book up, or that you want to hit a personal best? Making a note of that in your book is going to fire up your workouts and will definitely keep you going back for more.

Remember, it isn’t just as simple as setting the goal and attaining it. Attaining a goal takes a little more work than that! You need methods of arriving there, most successfully and on the path of least resistance. Let me know if this is one of your go to methods! I would love to hear it!



Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.wellness

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