Eventually, you have so much going on in your mind that the majority of your mental energy is used up just trying to keep hold of it. Keeping a journal provides you with an avenue to get this stuff out of your head and down on paper. Some of this stuff will just be thoughts that you want to write down and let go but others will be valuable insights which will help you to determine how you are progressing and identify challenges that you are facing and need to overcome. By keeping a journal, you bring these challenges out of the dark corners of your mind and bring them into your conscious awareness by shedding some light on them. Awareness is the first step in overcoming any challenge that you may be facing, for it is only when you become aware of a problem that you are really in a position to solve it. Keeping a journal also serves as a great way to record your life and see how you’ve grown over the years
Starting a new workout routine can involve learning new skills and new jargon. By writing down your workouts you are taking an additional few minutes to process what you have learned, repeat the concepts and terminology to yourself, and ingrain it into your brain. Besides, if you forget what an exercise is called, you now have an easy reference. Logging workouts also helps you remember the appropriate weights to use on a workout. Sometimes from workout to workout it can be hard to remember which kettlebell you used or which weight dumbbell you lifted. You might be working out on your own and there’s nobody to ask, or maybe you wanted to do a little more than last time, but you’re not sure how much weight you had put on the barbell. If you have a journal we can sit and look through your workouts and try to pinpoint the problem. This is especially helpful if you are also logging details like sleep, water intake and nutrition. Logging isn’t just for workouts!
So what all can you write in your journal?
- Warm-up routine
- Skill practice or new movements learned
- Workout and “score” of the workout
- Weights used and any scaled movements
- Post-workout stretching or mobility work
- Hours of sleep
- Water intake
- Any circumstances surrounding the workout
- What the BEST part of your workout was!
Lastly, the best part of journaling is being able to track your progress. This is a great benefit both for when you are having a good day at the gym and when you are having a bad day.