5 Best Bets for a Daily Journal (workout or not)
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10 Double UndersI’ve been keeping a workout journal for years… literally. I can go back to a little blue spiral notebook that I was using to record workouts when I first started CrossFit, 7 years ago. For me, the most important part of keeping a journal is the actual act of writing. It helps me remember what I’ve done and what I’m doing so that I’m more conscious and aware when I step foot into the gym. It also serves to help me keep track of my personal records, achievements, and simply the weights I used for various workouts.
I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the top 5 methods of keeping a journal so that you can choose what works best for you (these are in no particular order).
1. A little 3″x5″ spiral notebook. Simple. Straightforward. The drawbacks: can’t cut and paste things into it. There’s no search function to help you find things.
2. Evernote. This probably the most robust, free, note-taking application for smartphone, mac and pc. It allows you to keep track of everything, keep multiple notebooks if you want, insert pictures into notes, and search for just about anything.
3. CFLA’s Success Journal. This is a journal specifically for CrossFit and nutriton journaling. With sections about the CrossFit Girls, Heroes, benchmark WODs, and nutrition; this is MUCH more than just a log book.
4. Simplenote. If you’re looking for something simpler than Evernote that is good for anything you can think of that you want to write about, Simplenote is the app for you. It syncs with your smart phone and apps like Notational Velocity and is also accessible through it’s web site. Great for simplicity.
5. I recently came across an app that is ONLY for Mac users on your computer, but also available for any smart phone. It’s called Day One. It is for one thing only – journaling. You could be journaling about anything, including workouts and nutrition, and it does it, beautifully. All the advantages of Simplenote, but with the beauty of a design that makes you feel like you’re actually writing in your journal.
The most important thing about journaling is choosing a format that you’ll actually use – consistently. Try ’em out. I’ve used all 5 methods – and most recently have been using Day One as my favorite. If you’ve got another method, I’d love to hear about it in comments.