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,