Workout tracking….some people are meticulous, including every imaginable detail in their exercise log and some people have no record at all of what they’ve done. Both ways are completely fine if it works for you! I’ve found a happy medium is what works best for me. I have a workout journal that I keep notes in like the type of workout, mileage or time of running, whether I was dealing with an injury or illness and if I’m training for a race. This is nothing fancy, just hand written scribble in a spiral notebook I buy at my local drug store. I don’t use this for motivation. It’s purely informational. I use it to check or track progress or backtrack to see what might have led to an injury or a success. It’s boring and clinical and gets the job done. But a couple of years ago, in a runner group I follow on social media, someone posted a mileage tracker coloring page and I thought I’d give it a try for something fun. And it’s been so motivating for me!
The photo above shows the coloring pages I’ve used the last couple of years but there are all kinds online so if you want a particular shape or format, I’m sure you can find it. I’ve used them in two different ways. The shoe shaped page tracked total miles run (as you can see, I didn’t get very far with that goal!) and I used the months of the year page to track how many workouts I did each month. I included all types of workouts on this one… running, strength training, elliptical, Tai Chi, boxing. Any day I did a workout of some kind, I colored. I found that having this hanging on the wall in my home gym kept me on track and sometimes reminded me to do something so I could color in that block. I often forgot to color blocks in but still helped. These are great for anyone that likes to see visual confirmation of their hard work. I’ve included a blank copy of the months of the year page below so you can print it if you want.
Do you have an interesting or fun way to track your exercise? Share it with me!