Keeping a fitness journal

Cardio journal tips

Keeping a exercise journal of your cardio workouts will help you figure out roughly how many calories you’re burning every week and how much exercise you’re really doing. This is a great reality check. Most us tend over overestimate how much we exercise and underestimate how much we eat. That’s a combo just asking for trouble. A cardio exercise journal will help you stick to your goals, achieve your goals, and chart your progress. Want to run, but never quite got there? Keep a journal, you wont just see where you keep falling off the wagon and prevent it, but it’ll also motivate you.

What to record in a cardio journal:

  • Date and time of workout
  • What kind of cardio
  • Workout duration
  • Heart rate (intensity of exercise)
  • Distance covered (e.g. walking, cycling, rowing, or swimming)
  • If you use cardio equipment: e.g. calories burned, level, incline, resistance and if relevant program used (e.g. hills on the elliptical)
  • If you exercise outdoors: e.g. weather conditions, route
  • How you easy/ difficult it felt

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