Knowledge is power. When something is as important to your overall health as your workout, I feel it’s crucial to keep records. Plus, it’s fun to see how you progress over the course of a year – and a lifetime!
At a minimum, record the date, type of workout and length. See, isn’t that easy? Any further data points depends on YOU.
For Runners: When I was training for races, I would record items such as pace, mileage (daily and weekly), routes I enjoyed, type of shoes, and notes on any “issues” such as soreness or knee pain.
For Weight Lifters: I keep an old-fashioned notebook to record the exercise, amount of weight lifted, barbell or dumbbell, number of warm-up and working sets, and repetitions. I make little notations like up or down arrows to indicate if I should add or reduce weight next time.
For DVD Workouts: List the name, duration, and any comments. You’ll find your own shorthand if you tend to repeat the same workouts!
Iphone (or other) App: There are numerous apps to track workouts and you may need to experiment with several to find one that is a good fit. I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories so I will add my workouts to MFP to see the calories burned. Fitocracy is another app I tried to love, especially for strength training, but it was too much work for me personally.
For Beachbody Workouts (TurboFire, Insanity, Les Mills Pump, etc.): Log your workouts into the Team Beachbody Online Supergym.
For P90X-ers: If you do P90X then check out the P90x app. It records your exercises according to each of the workout DVD’s.