I like to think I'm disciplined with my weekly workout schedule, but sometimes I need some additional coercing to get my butt to the gym. Online progress tracking tools are great for keeping you motivated, and for holding you accountable if your healthy habits happen to take a nosedive. With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be on the road visiting friends and family, making it increasingly difficult to keep up with our fitness routines. So we've rounded up five fitness tracking websites to help keep you on track — and they're all free!
Whatever your fitness goals are, being healthy means staying on the move. For some that's daily workouts on the treadmill or the elliptical. Others opt for bike rides, hikes, or laps in the swimming pool. And the rest of us might be practicing yoga, dancing, or resistance training. Whatever activity it is, keep on moving! Remember that all of this hard work you're doing equals more than just burned calories and lost pounds. Your heart is getting stronger, your endurance is building, and your body is getting some nice tone. That's why this week's challenge for the Get Fit For 2010 giveaway is to keep a fitness journal and blog about it in the Get Fit For 2010 community group.
Since there's nothing quite like a body in motion, I want to see you in action. This week's extra credit assignment is to make a photo gallery of your workouts, or better yet, make a video and upload it into a blog post in the Get Fit group. The best part is that this extra credit assignment earns you two entries into this week's drawing for a $100 Nike gift card, as well as the drawing for our fabulous grand prize.
Don't worry if you've never made a gallery. It's simple and here are some easy-to-follow directions on how to do it. I can't wait to see, and I mean that literally, what you're all doing. Check out the workout I did on Monday!
Check out the fitness journal that FitSugar reader benheld kept for this week's challenge in the Get Fit For 2010 giveaway. If you haven't blogged your fitness journal yet, don't worry, you still have plenty of time!
I've been doing a consistent workout plan for a few months now. I feel like it gives me a good balance of cardio, strength and flexibility training. Here it is:
Sunday: AKA Rest Day, but sometimes I do 30 minutes of restorative yoga. This week I did Sara Ivanhoe's Crunch Yoga.
Monday: The treadmill and elliptical for 60 minutes of high to moderate intensity cardio. This week I did 35 minutes on the treadmill (for my day one, week seven of Couch to 5k training), and 25 minutes on the elliptical.
Tuesday: Yoga! If I have time, I do Shiva Rea's Yoga Shakti 90 Minute Solar Flows. If time is short, I DVR, Inhale with Steve Ross on the Oxygen Network — 45 minutes or so fast forwarding through the commercials.
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The third Get Fit For 2010 challenge was writing a blog post of your food journal, and you received an extra entry if you created a photo gallery of your meals. Now it's time to journal your fitness life!
This week's challenge: keep a fitness journal by writing a blog post in the Get Fit For 2010 community detailing your workouts. Don't forget to add photos — consider FitSugar your photo library. You can check out my fitness journal here. To help you, we've created an easy to use printable fitness journal. Just download the PDF, print it out, and start tracking your fitness life. Not only is this a good way to keep track of the calories you're burning and the muscles you're working, it is a handy way to plan your workouts. Tape your plan on your fridge or by your desk to remind you to hit the gym. By meeting this fitness journaling challenge, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win our weekly prize — a $100 Nike gift card.
At the end of three months, we will pick a grand prize winner at random from all of the entries in all of the weekly challenges. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win the grand prize: a $1,000 gift card from Nike; a year of personalized nutrition plans by nutritionist Alexa Fishback, plus a copy of her book; a year membership to 24 Hour Fitness for you and a friend; and two Bodybuggs.
You have until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7, to complete this fourth challenge. On your mark. Get set. Go!
If you're serious about getting in shape and eating right, documenting your plan of action and your daily progress is a great way to meet your goals. I found an easy way to keep track of all your stats — the fitbook ($20). It's 12-week fitness journal and food diary that's 5.5 square inches, so it's small enough to tuck in your purse or gym bag. It's made of 100 percent recycled paper, and comes with a little pen to jot down your info. It has neat little charts so you can see how much you've worked out, what you've eaten, your weekly weight, and your body fat percentage.
A fit and healthy lifestyle doesn't come easy to many people. It takes discipline and a lot of planning, so using a journal like this one is a great way to set yourself up for success. Plus research shows that those who write down their goals are 75 percent more likely to achieve them.
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Even the most dedicated fitness fanatics can dread a workout. There's nothing wrong with taking a day off when you're just not feeling it, but when a lack of motivation persists, it's all too easy for those days off to build up into a block of sedentary time.
Staying motivated requires an understanding of purpose, so be your own coach and keep track of your fitness goals in a separate journal. Whether you're hoping to run a marathon or trying to run a mile, the road to achieving your goals takes inner strength and drive. Once you have reached one of your goals, make self-motivation a habit by setting a new one to take its place.
If you need help tracking your workouts, check out my printabale fitness journal.
The mere act of taking some time to write down what you want to do for exercise each week could actually help you accomplish getting moving. In fact, recent research has found that people who write down what actions they are going to take each week to exercise (join a gym, run at the track, etc.), rather than just the reasons why they want to exercise (get healthy, lose weight, etc.) were inspired to exercise more. As a result, the folks who wrote about their actions saw their fitness levels skyrocket.
You're well on your way by reading FitSugar, and hopefully you've started a fitness journal. But why not go a step further and start your own fitness blog on OnSugar? It's free, and blogging is fun (trust me, I know), and it could help motivate you to get to the gym more. Who knows? Maybe you'll even end up motivating someone else to hit the gym too!
I like to go to the gym about three or four times a week, and I found a great way to motivate myself to go — I keep track of my workout for the day. If I use a machine, I write down how much time I was on it, my distance, my speed, and the calories burned (even though this is probably inaccurate). If I'm lifting weights, I write down each exercise, the amount of weight I lifted, and how many reps I did. Not only does it keep track of my workouts, but when I peruse the journal, I feel a sense of pride when I can actually see all the hard work I accomplished. It also helps me remember to train different parts of my body since I always forget what I did the day before. It's amazing how this little pad of paper allows me to keep up the same intensity the next time I work out. When I'm ready to run faster or longer, or lift a heavier weight, I write that down too, and then I can keep track of my progress.
Fit's Tips: You can download my free FitSugar Fitness Journal. Each sheet maps out a week of fitness, so you can keep all the sheets and when you've collected a bunch, you can look back and be proud of how you're taking such good care of yourself.
A lot of us have resolved to get healthy in 2008, this includes eating healthy, drinking more water, and exercising more. One of the best proven ways to stay on track with healthy choices is by keeping a food and fitness journal because it allows you to examine and to be accountable for your lifestyle choices.
I am not sure if you've heard yet, but I've got free downloadable food and fitness journals right here on FitSugar — they're simple, easy, and cute! All you have to do is download them, print them out, and start keeping track to be well on your way to keep on track for a very healthy and happy 2008.
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Have you been looking for a printable fitness journal? Do you want to keep track of all those healthy veggies you are eating? Well, I have some very helpful journals for you. Our fabulous designer has created a fitness journal and food journal, just in time to help you stick to your healthy New Year's Resolutions.
There are both color and black and white versions of both journals. Just download and print these PDF files and fill in the details of your day!
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