Staying Fit for Life // Trina O'Gorman February 03 2018
And yet, here we are in February. We are only one month into 2018 and research tells us that 80% of people who set New Year’s goals will have failed by now. And I bring up New Year’s goals because, while 32% of people asked say they don’t set New Year’s resolutions, of those who do, fitness goals are at the very top of the resolutions list, year after year. As a fitness enthusiast and certified personal trainer, I am disheartened by this because I understand the struggle, but I also know the benefits.
Not only am I a fan of writing things down, I am also a fan of traveling lightly (though as chunky as my notebook is these days, you may doubt me). The BK Dashboard, which comes in a pack of twelve, each good for one week, provides you with three months of tracking sheets for whatever you choose to use them for, but they work great for logging fitness goals and progress.
The front of each BK Dashboard provides a space for the date and an area to make a checklist. If you have specific fitness goals, measurable and realistic intermediate steps are a must for success. When you open up the BK Dashboard, you’ll find spaces for each day of the week, plus an area on the bottom for writing. The back provides you with more writing space.
These days, a lot of what I personally do is tracked in different ways, and I suspect others may experience this as well. I train at a personal training studio, where all of my data is kept in my client file. I know the same is true when people work out at regular gyms. Often data is tracked on a chart that stays at the gym. When I strength train at home, I keep my actual routines in a notebook, where I can track my exercises, weight, and a number of reps and sets. When I was trying to lose weight several years ago, I tracked my meals and macronutrients with MyFitnessPal. My running is tracked by the NIke+ Run Club app. And so with all of this information tracked in some way, what’s left? Data is important. It is measurable and lets us know how we are progressing in quantifiable ways. But wellness is not only about doing, it is also about planning, learning, and being.
In addition to managing data, you might want to:
- Keep track of questions that pop up.
- Make note of recipe ideas.
- Keep track of your daily mood.
- Keep track of your daily water intake.
- Keep track of your weight and measurements
- Plan your workouts for the week.
- Write down a motivational quote.
- Plan ways to reward yourself.
Now, if you are one of the 80% of individuals that have already given up on your New Year’s resolution, and it included living a healthier life, then I encourage you to recommit yourself today in the month of love. Self-love is the most important love there is, and you are worth it.