Keeping an Exercise Diary

Keeping an exercise diary is a fantastic way of recording your activity levels to see how your fitness is improving over time, as well as being a great motivator. You can include as much or as little information as you like, dependent on your training needs and goals.

It might also be a good idea to include how you were feeling before and after exercise and how activities influence your mood, stress levels and motivation.

Below is an example exercise diary for general fitness:

WEEK 1Cardiovascular ExerciseStrength ExerciseStretching ExerciseNotes
SundayTypeTimeExerciseWeightRepetitions Hard work motivating myself today. Found the workout difficult, but glad I did it!
X-trainer10 minutesSquats10 kg3 x 12
Running10 minutesBicep curls5 kg3 x 12
Bike15 minutesTricep curls7.5 kg3 x 12
Walking25 minutes
TuesdayTypeTimeSquats10 kg3 x 12Yoga ClassFelt much less stressed
Lunges10 kg3 x 12
Wednesday    TypeTimeBicep curls5 kg3 x 12 Was tired beforehand, but swimming really woke me up
Swimming30 minutesTricep curls7.5 kg3 x 12

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