For me, being able to keep track of what I'm putting into my body and what exercise I'm doing is a massive incentive for me to be as healthy as I can. There's something about writing down all the crap you've eaten which makes you feel very dissatisfied and kind of guilty. I'm not saying one piece of cake will be the end of world and how dare you consume such a thing, I'm just saying taking more time to think of what you're eating on the whole will benefit you greatly, and will make you feel super good when it comes to logging it. I picked up a food and exercise journal from Kikki K at the beginning of the year in the hopes to cross off my super super cliche new years resolution...I think we can all take a guess of what it might have been...it has definitely made me more aware of how much movement I'm doing, or sometimes not doing, and the meals I'm putting together. As it's been about 8 months since I set out on this goal, I thought I'd share with you my reasons for investing in a fitness journal.
You can see how far you've come
If you've set out your goals and a time frame in which you want to achieve those goals, it feels great to either tick them off, or know how much closer you are to achieving them. I swim for my university and a lot of the fitness goals I set myself were to do with my training and upping my stamina. Since being home for the summer, and not having those regular training slots, I found it easy to slip out of my routine, and my fitness levels definitely suffered. Making the effort to go swimming while I'm at home, I can really see my stamina improving as well as my technique which is a great feeling. This can be the same for running, cycling or any form of exercise, it's all about maintaining a routine and making the effort to workout so you can keep seeing results. It's also nice to look back through the weeks and see how much father you can run, or how much more weight you can now squat etc.