Writing Your Way to Exercise Success

May 25, 2008 at 3:50 am Leave a comment

Research keeps confirming that writing stuff down helps enormously in weight loss success.  Logging your consumption in a food journal keeps you informed and makes you accountable.  It can also provide valuable information about how what you eat affects you and what drives you to eat (if you note your emotions, the time of day or other circumstances).  It sure works for me!  I’d be lost wtihout my food journal.

Another things that works for me is writing my exercise on my wall calendar.  Like FitSugar says, crossing off days will “…give you a quick general overview of how often you’ve been working out that month so far, plus it’ll serve as a visual reminder of how long it’s been since you last worked out.”  FitSugar suggests drawing different shapes on the calendar to indicate what type of exercise you’ve done and rewarding yourself every time you reach 20 days of working out.

I don’t use “X”s or shapes.  I actually write down what I’ve done, such as “Gazelle 60 minutes” or “Stairs 15” or “Yoga Weights”.  I don’t reward myself after a certain number of days either, but that’s probably just because I’ve been doing it for so long.  Building in periodic rewards is an excellent way for newbie exercisers to keep themselves motivated, though.

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