Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living” and this idea can be a great tool to help you get more out of your fitness routine. When you start using a fitness log you may just find it one of the best ways to help you reach your fitness goals.

If it’s not written down it never happened
This is a pretty good rule to follow. All it takes is for you to record what you do, when you do it, the level of intensity, and you are away

When used properly a fitness log is your best friend, better than a training partner or supplement, it will constantly push you towards your goals. Further, harder, faster stronger, all without saying a word. It adds the secret ingredient to your routine; accountability.

Here are some of the benefits of using a fitness log.

1) It’s about the cheapest bit of workout equipment there is!
What could be cheaper than your little notepad? But it’s worth its weight in gold.

2) It helps you analyze your workouts as you design your body
A fitness log will help you monitor performance as you monitor results so you know what works and what to drop becoming your own expert on the only thing that matters; you!

3) It will remove the random element of hit and hope
You may notice how many gym goers seem to be exercising at random, moving from exercise to exercise because that’s what they did last week. But are they improving? Do they look any better than they did 6 months ago? One reason for a lack of improvement is that the fundamental rule of fitness is not being applied; the law of progression. If you want to get better, you have to get better.

Most of the times we don’t instinctively seek to push ourselves, we will naturally tend to stagnate if we don’t have a coach or log to push us and in these moments the fitness log may be the difference between going that bit further, and standing still.

4) It will help you increase efficiency
I have been able to massively cut back on the time I spent in the gym and I look better for it. The reason is I had a record of what actually works, and what doesn’t. As they say the truth shall set you free. With this information you can focus more on what actually matters and get more out of less and better results too.

5) You will know how much, or little you need to work out for the results you want
With a little analysis of your performance and results you will be able to clearly see a relation between your work and your progress, allowing you to see exactly what you need to do to reach your fitness goals.

Start using a fitness log to help you get in shape and pretty soon you might wonder how your workouts ever worked without one.

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Jennifer is a blogger, author, speaker, and recovering pageant queen, who spreads hope with her Get REAL approach to wellness. She empowers others to unleash their fullest potential by helping them to see their true beauty and discover their REAL value. Through powerful examples and humorous stories, she helps people to unlock their inherent-self; she guides them to create the kind of lifestyle they will be able to enjoy, each and every day of their life.