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5 Fitness Journal Ideas for More Reflective Workouts

Bullet journals–and journals in general–are excellent tools for keeping you motivated, organized, and, yes, reflective. When used as a fitness tracker, they are helpful in keeping track of your everyday routine, helping you build a healthier life–and a happier life.

To embrace the power of bullet journaling, you should move beyond the traditional ho-hum diary. Instead, your journal should be a blank canvas to turn into whatever you want it to be. It's perfectly suited to log and track all things wellness, from daily routine items like a meal plan or workout plans to monthly fitness tracker pages dedicated to weight loss, health stats, and building new habit patterns. 

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5 Great Bullet Journal Fitness Ideas

Here are five fitness bullet journal ideas you can implement today to make your exercise regimen more impactful. You can use these fitness trackers to monitor your fitness progress in any kind of journal, but bullet journal trackers tend to be the most fun!

1. Bullet Journal Fitness Ideas for Goals and Plans

They say that nine-tenths of success in any mission is in planning. It's true with lifestyle changes like a fitness journey or making a healthy lifestyle. Luckily, you have a secret weapon to help you master all things planning and goal-related–your fitness journal!

There are many ways to establish good goals, like the SMART system. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. With this in mind, the value of recording the metrics by which you will achieve your goals is clear.

Journals provide an excellent place to make daily, monthly, or yearly goals and activities for habit tracking. Set workout goals and plans, track class schedules, or just lay out a workout schedule that meets your needs. 

A simple monthly calendar is a great idea to give a bird's eye view of your overall workout plan and keep you physical activity prioritized, even if you have a busy schedule.

2. Daily Tacking – Fitness Bullet Journal Ideas

A fitness journal can keep you motivated every day. The key to achieving those goals that you set in step one? Make them achievable and track them daily.

Bullet journal artists have hundreds of ways to do this, and you can find tons of great inspiration on the internet. There are daily fitness tracker pages that you can design to keep tabs on any metric you like--steps, distance, speed, reps, or progress in specific fitness challenges.

Some of the coolest ways to track your progress are also some of the most visually appealing. So make keeping your journal up-to-date fun with a set of coloured fineliners and by embracing your inner artist. 

You can track progress by keeping tables, graphs, or charts. Everyone loves to keep a page of days you work out vs. rest days. You can make columns for every day of every month. Each box in each column gets coloured depending on the activity you did that day. 

The result is a beautiful, visual, yearly workout tracker that tells the story of your activity over time. Similar pages can be dedicated to a running tracker or to logging individual workout sessions–whatever fitness log suits your mission.

Don't limit yourself to only tracking numerical metrics, however. Your journal can keep tabs on and organize your workout routines by activity, such as types of exercise or yoga poses and combinations throughout the week. Log these with a table or by simply listing them.

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3. Bullet Journal Tracker Ideas for Health and Wellness

Beyond fitness tracker ideas, bullet journals also make great health and wellness trackers. Monitor progress on how your body changes over time on the pages. For example, you could start by tracking your resting heart rate or blood pressure. 

You can also use a table or diary page as a mood tracker. Likewise, you might log hours of sleep, minutes of mindfulness, or meditation each day to monitor mental health. Again, it all depends on your goals and how you want to use your journal to build healthy habits. 

Throw in a few of your favourite affirmations and an inspiring quote or two, as well. Since you'll be looking in your journal often, there's no better place to put some motivational thinking. Here are some of our favourites.

  • You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday.
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
  • The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow. 
  • It's a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up.

4. Weight Loss Journal Ideas

Keeping a weight loss bullet journal is just as easy and effective as keeping a workout schedule. Build yourself charts or tables for weight and body measurements tracking. These pages help you stay motivated and measure your progress with your health goals.

You can incorporate pages for whatever measures you want, be it muscle building (like your bicep or thigh circumference) or to lose weight (like waist or hip size).

5. Ways to Keep a Diet and Weight Loss Bullet Journal

A weight loss tracker is fundamental to most fitness goals since a daily weigh-in allows you to keep tabs on your body's progress. It's an important indicator of overall physical health, whether coupled with a diet tracker or workout tracker pages and fitness spreads.

If loosing weight, remember that fluctuations in daily weight are completely normal. What counts is the overall trend, and that's only possible to see with a graph showing accurate measurements over weeks or months. Compare your current weight to your goal weight to instantly see how things are going.

Another thing you can keep tabs on with a leather journal? Track your diet with pages for meal planning and charts for calories. You can even make a page to track your hydration with daily water consumption. 

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Final Words

Well, that you have it! What are your favourite fitness journal ideas? There's no right or wrong answer since everyone's fitness tracker will be as individual as they are. A good tracker is the one you use and one that makes you reflect on your fitness regime more often.

Fitness Journal Ideas FAQs

What should be included in a fitness journal?

Just as everyone's fitness goals are different, so too are their fitness journals. While one person might track calories and weight, another might be interested in bulking up and tracking body part measurements. 

The common thread is that everyone has a fitness goal, which they break into small, achievable steps to get to. A journal is the best tool to track all of this.

Are fitness journals worth it?

Yes! Fitness journals keep your goals, plans, schedules, workout routine, and metrics organized. You can use them to track whatever is important to you, from habit-forming calendars to individual exercises for each workout. 

How do I journal my weight loss?

Everyone's weight loss journey is different, so you'll want to set up your journal in a meaningful way. The most important element for most will be a graph of daily weight over some time. With this, you can monitor fluctuations and gauge overall trends. 

But there's so much more you can do with a fitness journal. Many people use them to track daily step counts, exercise or diet plans, or as a sleep tracker. Having a detailed tracker is a great way to stay healthy and meet those weight loss goals.

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