Do you make health and/or fitness goals each year?

If so, how do you track your progress? Do you use an app, spreadsheet, or journal? Maybe you use a couple different ways to track? I believe keeping a fitness and/or health journal can help in so many ways. Often our progress isn’t noticeable from day to day but you can review your journal and really see how far you have really come. 

But before you can start planning and seeing how far you’ve come, you need to set some goals. 

My main goal is to get consistent with workouts, run five days a week, strength train 2-3 days, and yoga once a week. I also want to increase my fruit and vegetable intake and get my post-workout nutrition in check. My number one goal though is really to get back on track and find that consistency again.

What are your health and fitness goals for 2023?

There are many health and fitness journals you can get out there but sometimes having pre-made sections makes it hard to track what you want and need. I have found using a horizontal weekly planner works best for me. 

The monthly calendar allows me to plot out my workouts and track how many miles I ran each day. The dashboard gives me an area to track measurements, such as weigh-in, days worked out, and goals for the month. The weekly pages give me a space to write about each run and a spot to track my stats and the weather that day.

For 2023 I am using an Erin Condren A5 softbound in colorblends. I am hoping the colorblends inspire me to pick it up each day. I’ve been slacking on both working out and recording. But before I can start using it, I like to set up a few things.

I’ve tried many different fitness trackers and logs over the years and I find a horizontal weekly planner works best for me. For 2023 I am using the Erin Condren A5 souftbound because I LOVE the colorblends. The 12 boxes at the front are set for monthly tracking. I record my monthly weigh-in, measurements, blood pressure, and total miles. Each monthly dashboard has additional weigh-ins, measurements, and my goals for the month.

I prefer the horizontal layout because each day I can record how the run or workout went along with important stats like average pace and the weather. And there is a spot to total up weekly, monthly, and year-to-date mileage!

Now I am ready to attack 2023! What will you be using to track your health and fitness?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.