Experts recommend that most of us get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous
activity every day. Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach
An exercise log keeps track of what you do, allowing you to see patterns in case
you are not meeting your exercise requirements. If you notice you always skip your
Friday routine, for example, you can schedule that routine for Saturday instead. Best
of all, your log lets you see your progress and accomplishments.
The ideal exercise program combines strength training,
exercise, and stretching. Keeping an exercise log lets you track of all
these. If you're new to exercising, check with a coach, doctor, or trainer at your
local gym for guidance on the types of exercises you should be doing.
Plan to do strength
training exercises 3 days a week. Take a day off in between to give muscles time
to rest. Make sure your strength training routine focuses on your body's major muscle
groups: upper body, legs, and core.
Warm up with some light aerobic activity before doing strength exercises and do
some gentle stretches after strength training. Talk to a PE instructor, coach,
or personal trainer to learn the number of sets and repetitions suited to your fitness
Be sure your daily routine includes activities that get you moving and your heart
pumping. These aerobic activities can be anything from walking the dog to playing
a pickup game of basketball. Even dancing around your room on a study break counts
as long as it gets your heart rate up.
Finally, add stretching
for flexibility. Yoga poses
are a great way to stretch muscles. Or ask a coach or gym instructor to suggest some
stretches. Write these down in your exercise log. To prevent injury and make the most
out of your routine, warm up your muscles with some light aerobic activity before
Write down your thoughts about the exercises you're doing. Did any exercises feel
uncomfortable? If something is painful, stop doing it until you have a chance to talk
to your doctor or coach.
Reflecting on your routine also helps you discover your exercise preferences —
such as if you like staying with a few favorite activities or crave variety.