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Old 01-04-21, 12:34 PM  
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Do you keep an exercise log? Should I keep doing mine?

Do you keep an exercise log no matter what kind of exercise you are (or are not) doing? I've kept a log for years, but now I can't run any more or do high impact activities ever again because of the permanent effects of an injury. It doesn't seem like there's much of importance to write in the log any more, and I haven't written anything down since the New Year started, and I'm thinking of just giving it up. What do you do? And what do you think?
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Old 01-04-21, 12:39 PM  
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I try, but I usually fall off the wagon and am inconsistent. I think it's a good idea, and I've started again this year with the intention of following through. It's nice to be able to look back and see how the year looked. Even if you skip a day, I think the accountability of a log or journal really helps. So here's to keeping a workout log in 2021!
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Old 01-04-21, 12:52 PM  
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Personally I think it's a good idea, regardless of what format you use or what types of workouts you do. I keep falling behind on mine but then catch it back up (need to do this again tonight and then try to keep it up). It can help you see where you're lacking or overdoing and it can be a reality check as well as a boost for the sense of accomplishment. Of course, this is coming from a person who tracks practically everything so of course I'm biased.
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Old 01-04-21, 12:57 PM  
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Iíve kept one consistently since I joined a vf check in back in 2006. This year Iím keep a diary that will include thoughts & activities as well as my workouts, more like a journal.

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Old 01-04-21, 01:01 PM  
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I keep one, but I need to be a little more detailed - when I look back I often have no idea what I was talking about.
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Old 01-04-21, 02:04 PM  
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I use excel and plan rotation in advance for the month. I mostly do this because if I have to think about what to do, I won't do anything. This way, I've got it printed out and just go do the darn thing lol
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Old 01-04-21, 02:07 PM  
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All I do is write the name of the workout I did on a calendar square for the day and increment my count for the year. As I mentioned in the most used instructors thread, I don't tend to ever go back and review the year, but what I do sometimes is look back over the last few weeks to see how balanced by workouts have been or when was the last time I had a rest or easier day, etc. And sometimes I can't remember which step workout I did so I need to check that, too.

I say do what works for you.... if you think any of the reasons people here are suggesting might be of any remote use for you, do it so you won't regret not. But if nothing resonates and it seems useless, don't bother.
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Old 01-04-21, 02:15 PM  
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I also have a small planner that is used only to write down my workouts. I write down whatever I did that day, whether it was AM or PM, and rate the workout. I also write down if I get to 10K steps. I've been using this method for years and really like it. I think seeing the square filled in gives me a sense of accomplishment. I can also go back and check workouts and when was the last time I took a rest day.

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Old 01-04-21, 02:41 PM  
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I do what Bee does. I write what workout/workouts I did, how long they were and Iíll star ones I really liked so I can remind myself in case I forget (thatís really helpful for workouts that have similar titles). I also write down my goal for the year at the start of the year which for me is a total number of workouts. Then every few days on the side of my notebook I make what looks like a fraction with the top number being the amount of workouts Iíve done so far for the month and the bottom number is the total Iíve done for the year. In January those two numbers are the same but as the year goes on I can watch my progress toward my yearly goal.

I donít know if it is super beneficial or not but I enjoy doing it. Sometimes when Iím not seeing the results I want to I can remind myself that I am putting in the work exercise wise anyway. I donít chart how many of different types of workouts and instructors I use etc.
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Old 01-04-21, 03:04 PM  
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I keep an exercise log in a small yearly planner (5.5" x 8.5") similar to this:
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