For many people on a health and fitness journey, it can be hard to stay motivated. If the results you’re looking for don’t come as quickly as you anticipated, it can be easy to get off track. As we all know, this leads to an endless cycle that makes it harder and harder to start again. So, if you are on a personal fitness journey, or you’d like to begin one, journaling could be a great way to keep you on course. By writing every day, or even once a week, you can help recall why you started in the first place, and you may find your journey more worthwhile.
If you’re an avid writer, you should absolutely write every day. However, if writing isn’t your strong suit, journaling once a week is a great way to hold yourself accountable.
Read on for prompts that will help you with your current, or future, fitness journey.
What goals am I trying to accomplish? What steps am I taking to get there?
When starting a fitness journey, many people may simply know they need a change. Maybe they don’t like how they look in their favorite pair of jeans. Maybe they can’t keep up with their nieces and nephews when they play in the backyard. No matter what the signal was, many health journeys begin with a moment that called out for a change. So, write down the goals that come to mind. Do you want to have the energy to play with your nieces and nephews for 30 minutes straight? Do you want to run a 5K? Decide on 1-3 goals and write them down. Then, outline the steps to get there as specifically as possible. Having steps that you can knowingly accomplish each day, like getting 10,000 steps, will help you attain your goals.
Why are you proud of yourself today?
It’s important to acknowledge the wins that you have during your fitness journey. Even if the wins are small, they all add up to your overall health. Be proud of yourself for going up a flight of stairs without running out of breath. Feel good that you made a nourishing meal for your family last night. No matter what it is, make note of it. You’ll find yourself looking for reasons to pat yourself on the back, which is a great feeling.
What could I reward myself with for reaching my goals?
Let’s be honest, we all love to treat ourselves. Tying a reward to completing your goals can make you feel twice as accomplished, plus, you’ll have worked for something that you probably would have given into anyway. For someone trying to get fit, rewarding yourself with a new workout set when you reach your goals is a great incentive. You’ll be eager to get back into the gym to show off your new muscles, and your new attire! If you’re looking to run a race, completing it could mean new running shoes for you. After training for a race, it’s likely you’ll be in need of a new pair, anyway.