Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Being Held Accountable Is A Good Thing!

For the past few weeks I have been keeping track of my weekly activity with the Woman Activity Tracker (I came across this via a post by MizFit). The site is running an eight week women challenge and encourages women to do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week as well as two strength training sessions. Each week you can set your own goals. I started off with very moderate goals; I like the feeling of success... Now, my goals are much more ambitious.

I really wasn't sure if keeping track of my exercise online would work for me, but it has been great! Here is why:
  1. I often forget how many cardio and weight lifting sessions I did at the gym and how many times I actually walked to the "far away" park each week (life with the toddler is sometimes a bit of a blur....); keeping track online is very convenient.
  2. I realized that I am actually more active than I thought! This really made me feel good! :o)
  3. When my weak ankle acted up several times, I was able to trace it back to too many high intensity cardio workouts. By doing no more than two or three high intensity aerobic workouts per week I am able to manage my ankle pain much better.
  4. I can keep track of things I tend to "forget" such as stretching, mixing up my workouts, etc.
  5. Having a goal and meeting it feels good! :o)
Do you keep track of your exercise in writing? If so, how do you keep track?

Be well,
Andrea

6 comments:

  1. I'll have to check it out! I don't keep track of my exercise, and, maybe it would be helpful! Have a great day!

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  2. I used to keep a food journal. Never did an exercise journal, but I had a certain number of calories I needed to consume(I was actually trying to gain weight when I was younger) and found the only way I could hit my number was to record it and look at it on a piece of paper.

    Also makes you remember those little cheat meals you sneak in every now and then!

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  3. I keep track of my fitness and my food at SparkPeople. It makes me feel accomplished. Also, sometimes I'll enter my exercise in for the week ahead and then I feel motivated to actually do it, instead of having to go in and delete a session.

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  4. I have just started tracking my activity this week!

    I am using www.fitday.com to track my food and activity

    I think it is helping me because I like too see how the calories burned adds up, and also keeping my calories in check.

    I will check out that site you found!

    Thanks for the info!

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  5. I used to keep track of my work outs in writing, but then it formed into sort of an obsession for me...like if I ran 6 miles today, I would freak out if I ran less the next day...and soon instead of listening to my body, I tried to control it! I ended up overworking my muscles and couldn't walk properly for more than a month!
    but I'm sure nobody's as stupid as I am...heh.

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  6. I have downloaded an exercise journal to my phone. It's an application I got from iTunes. ITUNES also have apps that show little clips of exercises, like a personal trainer. Check it out sometime.
    THE FRIENDLY LURKER :)

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