[VIDEO]: How to Track Your Workout Routine
In this video I share with you how to track your workout routine plus what I keep in my gym bag.
Hope you enjoy the video!
In addition to getting organized, getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. The most important factor in how to keep your New Year’s resolutions (and goals throughout the year), whether it’s working out, organizing, or anything else, is tracking your progress. You can watch more in my video on setting goals for New Year’s resolutions.
Hey, everyone! I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.TV. And in this video, I’m going to show how to organize your exercise routine and show you what’s inside my gym bag.
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How to Track Your Workout Routine
So when it comes to exercising and working out, I love to use checklists to track the days I work out. It helps to keep me motivated so I can visually see progress and then use that as a motivation to continue being consistent with exercising. And so, I do that by using a exercise tracker so I can check off all the days that I work out. But I don’t use checks. I use stickers to track my fitness plan because that’s just more fun.
I keep my exercise tracker on the side of my fridge and I have Ed’s tracker right next to mine. I’m just going to go through and show you how we use the trackers. My exercise trackers are available on my website, Alejandra.TV.
Basically, I just typed all of the days inside the boxes for the entire year and then there’s January through June on the first sheet and then there’s July through December on the second sheet. Now technically, I could just have the most recent month’s checklist on the fridge. But, I like to see my progress so I like to see like, “Oh, I was so good the first half of the year.” So I like to keep the old list on the fridge to remind myself that I’ve been good, I’ve been consistent and just like keep pushing forward because I have a hard time working out and just like pushing myself. So that really helps me.
I use stickers each day I work out. I’m just going to go through and show you the stickers that I use because I change them each month like according to the season or the holiday because I feel like that’s just more fun. I look forward to using a new sticker, “Oh, it’s July. I get to switch stickers to like a red, white, or blue star as opposed to using all the suns I used in June.” It just keeps me motivated.
All right. So in January, I use snowflakes because it snows in January. In February, I use hearts and they’re all like different color hearts because it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s the month of love. In March, I use clovers for St. Paddy’s Day. In April, I use raindrops because like April showers bring May flowers. In May, I use color-coded flowers. And then in June, I use suns because it’s like the beginning of summer. It’s always sunny.
And then in July, I was planning to use rainbow beach balls. Those are – I found these stickers and they’re so cute. But then I found the red one and blue stars. So when July comes, I’m going to switch them to red, white, and blue stars. And then in August, I’m going to move the beach ball to August because I’m really excited about the beach ball. It’s just pretty and you still go to the beach in August.
And then in September, there are footballs because it’s the beginning of football season, back to school. There’s also these little heart sticker. They’re not heart, apple stickers. So if you’re in school, apples are more appropriate. In October, there are fun pumpkins for Halloween. In November, there are leaves because it’s fall and leaves fall. And then in December, there’s snowman because it snows and you can make a snowman and stuff.
So yeah, those are the stickers. And then on Ed’s version, he has tennis balls because he used to play tennis (and you play in the summer). And then for December, he has the male version of a snowman (since there are like female stickers and there are male stickers). But yeah, it’s just fun to use stickers.
Tracking Types of Exercise
I like I track when I do weight training and then I track when I do cardio because I like to balance the two. So I’ll just put a little T for the days that I do weight training so I know that’s training. And then if there’s no T then that means I did cardio like running or elliptical or something. So yeah, that’s how I track that.
I keep all of the stickers inside this little poly envelope that’s on the fridge right here. It’s an adhesive poly envelope and it’s actually like removal. So I could take this envelope and I could move it somewhere else and it’s still going to be sticky on the back and it’s still going to restick. But they’re all right here. And then I have markers for writing down the T’s here.
And then I also write down like when I travel or when I’m sick, my workout schedule is like so up and down. When I’m sick, I don’t work out. I just rest. And this past winter, I was sick twice and it took like a week, a week and a half out of me. So I wrote down sick on here because then if I look back, I’m not going to remember that I was sick then I see I was inconsistent so I write a note to make myself feel better. And then the same thing with travel.
So yeah, that goes here. And then – is there anything else I was going to say about it? Oh, then I labelled Alejandra and then Ed and I used a clear label with black font so I could still see the border right here.
What to Keep in Your Gym Bag
Then let me show you what’s inside my gym bag. So, to go to the gym, I just use this – it’s a beach/pool drawstring bag from Vera Bradley. I’ve had this thing for ten years. It’s actually – I looked it up online because I was like, “What is this pattern called?” And it’s from 2004 and I forgot what the pattern was called but it’s still holding up so well and it’s just like the perfect size that when I go to the gym, I don’t like to carry too many things because I’m just there to work out not carrying so many things and a lot of times, I’m coming straight from home.
OK. So, I have my water bottle inside and then I have my iPod, which is all – where’s my iPod? That’s in there. And then I have my lock for the locker. I have a ponytail holder. I have medication. So I always reuse these little bottles. They’re like the travel size bottles so I just refill them. I never threw these things out.
And then I have feminine care. I have a headband, ponytail holder, and then I have these workouts. So I got these workouts from a trainer for the days that I do cardio, and she gave me the workouts on like regular 8 ½ x 11 size computer paper. And for a while, I would take that and I would just keep it in front of me on the elliptical and like you’re moving off fast and stuff and the wind is blowing so the paper will always fly away.
So, I was like, “Well, let me just – let me figure out a way so it doesn’t fly away.” So I got home or I took it home and I transferred it to – like all the information, the workouts, to Excel or to Word and color-coded it so it was easy to see because when I was on the elliptical, everything is black and white and I was going so fast and I couldn’t really see the numbers. So I made it all pretty and big and now, I can see what I’m doing and it doesn’t fly away because it’s laminated so it’s kind of weighted down by the plastic of lamination. It’s kind of weird. But yes, so there are two workouts, there’s a 38-minute workout and then there’s a 30-minute workout. And so, I just put this on the elliptical and then they help me.
And I also have deodorant in my bag and everything is inside of a little pouch like all the deodorant, the ponytail holder, the Advil, the headband and stuff. They’re just out of the bag right now. And then sometimes if I’m coming from like running errands and going straight to the gym, I will carry like an energy bar in here like a mini size. I always have like the mini Clif Bars. They’re like the 100-calorie ones. I always keep that in here and then just eat that before I get to the gym.
But yeah, that’s what’s inside my gym bag and this is my exercise routine trackers. If you are looking for more tips in getting organize, you can check out my website, Alejandra.TV and I will put a link to download the trackers in the description below. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon. Bye!