Reasons To Track Fitness: 12 Ways This Is Stopping You From Reaching Your Goals
Updated: Jun 26
For years, I refused to keep any sort of workout journal or training log. It just seemed like one more thing to take care of on my already far-too-long to-do list. And to keep it real, I was afraid of feeling vulnerable or over-analyzing my training as an elite athlete.
A training journal can be a pretty intimate conversation with yourself, especially in a journal where you talk about your feelings or what happened that day. It materializes any intense feelings you may be having. The words are there on the paper, and you're forcing yourself to think about them.
That being said...
Why Is It So Important To Track Your Fitness?
There's a reason some of the best athletes in the world recommend keeping a workout log, tracking fitness goals, and journaling about your training. It can be super powerful.
In fact, it's so powerful that not doing it could be the reason you haven't reached your goal yet! So why exactly is it so important to track your fitness?
Let's look at 16 reasons to track fitness.
1. Using A Workout Log To Break Down Goals
This doesn't just apply to fitness goals! Breaking down any large goal into tiny steps helps make the large and scary goal seem a bit more attainable.
Plus, big goals don't just happen without a million teeny tiny steps. These steps are so small that they hardly feel powerful. Combined together though? They can get you anywhere you need to go.
For example, if you want to run a 60 second 400m race, can you just say that's your goal and keep doing random things while praying that it happens someday?
Of course not!
While you may get lucky, chances are pretty slim and you're not putting your best foot forward. However, a plan with a bunch of small, specific actions that make you a better sprinter...? Now we're talking.
If you're not keeping track of all of those little things, it's hard to see what's working and what's not. Or you might not even remember to do them all.
Keeping a workout log takes some of that chaos away and makes breaking down big goals way easier.
2. We All Need Accountability
Sure we have coaches, teammates, friends...but the main person holding you accountable for your goals has to be you!
You have to be in it fully and believe in yourself if you ultimately want to get the job done.
Life is already a lot; memorizing workout routines and remembering to do them just adds to your plate.
While you could maybe get by that way, a workout log is there to remind you exactly what you need to do. And it shows when you skip certain habits or change something up. You'll always be able to go back and see what you did or didn't do.
3. A Sense Of Control
This is a big reason to track fitness that I don't think people think of too often. A workout log can actually give you a sense of control. Like I've been saying, life is already a lot and moves so fast!
It's easy to feel like you're a small fish in a big ocean, spinning around trying to figure out what to do next.
And when it comes to fitness goals and athletic performance, it's easy to get frustrated when you're not seeing the results you expected.
A major benefit of a fitness log is the ability to see what you're doing and know that you are in control of your results.