Get Fit With These 3 Fitness Planners
Accountability is one of the main factors when it comes to being successful in a weight loss or fitness program. Exercise and diet are obviously the two things most people focus on, but the truth is that being accountable is what keeps you on track and honest about your effort. You can keep yourself accountable by enlisting the help of someone, like a friend or loved one—or you can keep yourself accountable with a fitness and diet tracker.
I’ve used plain notebooks and monthly calendars to track my diet and exercise for a while, but it can be hard to juggle both of those plus a normal planner. Thankfully, there are a few solutions to this problem. There are quite a few journals, planners, and trackers dedicated specifically to exercise, food, and overall health. The ones mentioned below each have slightly different focuses and benefits, so consider what you need help being the most accountable for before choosing one.
Erin Condren Wellness Journal
This Wellness Journal from Erin Condren is very similar to the LifePlanner in terms of layout. However, the columns are dedicated to tracking your meals rather than your schedule. It begins with a three-month chart for you to record your starting weight and measurements, have weekly wellness tracking, and includes a chart for your target heart rate. It’s a small booklet, but it certainly maximizes space. This makes it easy to carry around with you, slip into your planners pocket folder, and fit in your gym bag.
A full week is spread out on two pages, and each day gets one column. The columns are broken down into breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and daily activity. There’s also a spot for water tracking at the top.
At the bottom of every day is a short lined section. Here, you can track a myriad of things. On the far left, there’s a list of different things you can write down and track in the lines throughout the week—everything from cardio time or distance to the amount of weight you lift. Whatever specific thing you want to keep track of, like calories or protein, can be written here and compared as you go through the weeks. Each week also has a column on the left where you can write down your goals for the week, how you will reward yourself for a successful week, and other notes you want, like successes.
If you really want to focus on your diet, then the Wellness Journal can help you out. It doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles, but it focuses on the important things so you can stay focused on the goal.
Bonus Erin Condren Option: Wellness Dashboard
Just like Erin Condren’s Wellness Journal, the snap-in Wellness Dashboard provides you with a space to track your meals and log your workouts, steps, calories, water intake, and whatever else you need. This dashboard is reusable, so you simply write using dry or wet-erase markers, wipe it clean at the end of the week, and then move it to the next week to start all over. If you’re looking for something durable and reusable, then this is the perfect addition to your Erin Condren notebook or LifePlanner.
InkWELL’s Fitness Planner
For a planner dedicated to a specific diet and exercise plan and nothing else, inkWELL’s Fitness Planner is the one you want. It’s small enough to easily carry around with you, have really thick paper, and is durable enough to survive your purse, backpack, or gym bag. InkWELL has dedicated a whole page to every single day for a 12-week program or plan, and given ample space to both tracking your diet and your exercise. And of course, since it’s an inkWELL product, there’s a heavy focus on setting goals for yourself and monitoring your progress throughout.
There’s a place for you to log calories eaten, calories burned, how much weight you lifted and for how many reps/sets, distance/time of cardio, classes you took, and water intake. It incorporates all of the things you need to monitor in order to create a fully healthy life, with the one exception of sleep. Although, there’s still room for you to jot that down in-between your exercise and food notes.
Each week and month there’s a check-in page for you to record your changes in weight and measurements, reflect on your work, and set your focus for the coming week or month. This is how inkWELL makes sure your goals are at the forefront of your mind as you go through the 12 weeks.
After your final check in, inkWELL has included a few reference tools for you to use. One has the amount of calories you burn doing different exercises, on is a portion size guide, and two pages are dedicated to 100-calorie snack ideas. These are great to have with you as you go through each day so you can stay on track no matter what.
Lauren Gleisberg’s Happy Healthy Life Planner
Operating two different planners isn’t right for everyone. If you need something combined, try Lauren Gleisberg’s Happy Healthy Life Planner. It’s an online download with two different layout options (horizontal or vertical), and you can either print the fitness tracking alone or with the regular planner as well.
Lauren’s all about healthy eating and lifting weights (check out her physique!), so she created a planner that could help her track all of that plus her regular life. The result is a fitness planner with room to journal your meals and take notes about each day’s workouts.
The vertical layout is very similar to Erin Condren’s Wellness Journal. It has space for each meal, snack, and daily workout. In the workouts box, you can write down what type of workout, which muscle group, and what the exact workout consists of. There’s also a column for you to write down notes, journal goals and thoughts, and even write down your personal bests for the week if you want to.
The best feature is the goal-setting pages at the start of each month. Lauren has provided boxes for you to break down your personal goals, fitness goals, nutrition goals, and even professional goals. Goal setting is so important when you’re embarking on a fitness journey, so this is a nice feature to have throughout a 12-month planner.
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If you’re looking for a health and fitness planner to help you along with your goals, try one of these and let us know what you think!
Last modified on November 13th, 2018