Even the most seasoned of fitness enthusiasts need to be set back on track on occasion. Reminding ourselves to stay hydrated during workouts, for example; or to balance the carbohydrates we take in to fuel our activity, with portions of healthy proteins as well; or to properly stretch, for an appropriate length of time before taking off on our daily run.
We are all slow to start sometimes every once in a while, but in some circumstances, forgetting these simple standards of fitness is the perfect recipe for serious injury, which will surely take one off track for an extended period. You have watched Survivor before – the sleep and fuel deprivation is part of the game, intended to weaken one team or one player – and we have all seen competitors taken away from the game on stretchers as a result.
We have found that one essential tool in our overall health and fitness regimen is documentation of our progress – successes, stumbling blocks, sleep patterns, frustration levels, even newly discovered running trails and great energy boosting meals. We like to switch up our workouts in an effort to stay motivated and to work our body in different ways each day. We workout at least four times a week for 30-45 minutes and save Sundays for an hour-long work out, always with an outdoor run. Some weeks we will try a Pilates or Spin class. And when it is a little cold outside, you will find us on the elliptical.
Sharing our progress and findings with friends and workout partners is another motivational tool...we have picked up so many tips and ideas from our fellow journalers – the best new running shoe, which trail is the most challenging to hike at the local county park, new stretching techniques…and recipes, those are the best . One of our go to post-workout meals has become a favorite among our friends, so let’s share it again:
Cut up sweet potatoes - white and orange, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash (in season) , garlic in the skin, shallots and mix with sea salt, good extra virgin olive oil and fresh thyme. Roast at 375 til golden and tender. Mix with your favorite packaged organic quinoa or cous cous. This is also fantastic with some grilled, cubed chicken breast mixed in.
Fitness journals should also keep track of how you felt before, during and after each workout – was there muscle soreness the next morning, maybe? Is your ankle tender? Is your knee swollen? And if so, can you look back on your journal and determine what it is that was new or different that day that may have contributed to an injury? What better way to heal than to document how and when it happened, what you did to make it better, how long you took to improve and what tools you implemented in your improvement?
We want to hear from you. What are the learnings you have taken from your journaling process? What can you share with us? What are you eating to fuel up today? Are you trying a new trail or trainer or class? We want to learn from you!