“How do you know where you’re going when you don’t know where you’ve been?”
This quote pretty much sums up the message this article is delivering to you today. When you’re focus on losing weight, building muscle or whatever your fitness goal is, it is very important to keep a record of your workout regimen. Knowing how many sets and reps you did last week will help you realize how many sets and reps to do this week. Or, it could help determine what weight to use. Or, it can help determine how long your rest period should be. And that’s just some of the variables that a workout journal maintains depending on your fitness goal. Here are 4 reasons why it is vital to track your workouts.
You’re fully aware of what you’ve done
It is one thing to remember how much weighted you lifted on bench press last week, but it is another thing to remember how much you lifted last year in March. By maintaining a workout journal, you don’t have to squeeze memory out of your brain; thus, you accurately depict how much weight, sets, and reps you have done.
Will serve as motivation
If you’re been training for several years, there is not a sweeter feeling than looking back to see how far you came. It is pure motivation to see weights that use to be heavy are now a part of your warm-up routine. We all have moments in our life (especially in the fitness world) that a dose of motivation is needed to keep us going. Keeping a workout journal will do just that.
It will teach you what works and what doesn’t
Anyone that has followed any particular weight-loss program either get results or doesn’t. It’s that simple. No one program will help everyone lose weight. When keeping a record of all your workout regimens, you see what worked and what wasn’t as successful. If you lost a substantial amount of weight while on a particular weight-loss program and has plateaued since, then you should resume that program.
Helps prevent injuries
We all have experienced doing certain exercises that are as painful as getting a root canal. If any exercise caused any other pain sans muscle soreness, then that’s not a good exercise for you. By keeping track of your workouts, you’re fully aware what exercises you should avoid.
Those were 4 reasons why you should be keeping a record of your workout regimen. So please do not continue be the average gymgoer who plays Russian roulette with their fitness goal.