How to Start Tracking Exercise and Stop Fitness Frustration

People in the fitness world love to track. We track our progress, our food, and of course our workouts. And it’s all for good reason.

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Using Fitocracy to track my workouts

Why Track Workouts?

People in the fitness world love to track. We track our progress, our food, and of course our workouts. And it’s all for good reason: keeping a record of everything, at least for a short period of time, can be extremely helpful to your overall fitness program. While you may not want to add another thing on your list of things to do when you’re just getting started, by keeping a record of your exercise history you can be more aware of exactly what you’re doing and what effect your routine is having on your body and mind.

Together with good goal setting and progress tracking, Exercise Tracking can help provide a full picture of your fitness path and help with assessment. Using these as guides is helpful to figure out what parts of your program are working, which ones are not, and how to progress further. Also, if you’re ever feeling frustrated with your progress, looking back at your tracking systems can be a great way to boost motivation, letting you easily see the improvements and changes you’ve made over time, and be inspired to continue.

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How to Set Fitness Goals You Will Actually Reach

In Soccer games, and Casey Neistat & Nike videos, “without a goal, you can’t score.” Your fitness routine and the sport of futbol both have this in common.

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My first real race, the B.A.A. 10K

GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!

In soccer games, and Casey NeistatNike videos, “without a goal, you can’t score.” Your fitness routine and the sport of futbol both have this in common. You can’t hit a target that doesn’t exist, and you can’t achieve the results you want from your workout if you don’t know what it is that you want. Once you’ve found your motivation and taken your first steps, taking the time to establish your fitness goals will save you time and energy, as well as make your fitness journey a lot more rewarding.

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one man’s love letter to lululemon

I’m a man and I love lululemon.

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When life gives you lululemons…

I’m a man and I love lululemon.

These days, I’m always caught wearing at least one thing from lululemon. No, I’m not talking leggings and yoga pants (that was only one time), their standard athletic wear forms essential part of my workout wardrobe. And if they made jeans, I would probably only ever wear lululemon clothes. So I was not at all surprised when I read about the study showing that lululemon athletica was the most popular clothing store in Massachusetts. I sometimes get made fun of for only wearing their clothing, but it’s for good reason.

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The Secret to Any Ab Workout

Work your abs effectively, and stop back pain along the way.

They’re Doing It Wrong.

Walk into any gym and you’re sure to see half a dozen people in the mat section flailing around, doing ab work to try to get that 6 pack. Maybe you’re one of them. All too often, unfortunately, a lot of the work being done on the abdominals is not as effective as it could be. While there are a lot of ways to improve your ab workouts, let’s focus on one simple trick to really engage your core and work your upper and lower abdominals every time, and stop lower back pain along the way.

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Getting Started: Joining the Fitness Party

Getting started in your Fitness Journey is possibly the hardest part. There is just so much out there to know and learn about this whole other part of life. Maybe you’ve never really thought about exercise or working out, but you’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, and you read somewhere that exercise might help with all the stress and general unhappiness that you don’t really know why you’ve been feeling. But just the thought of The Gym only stresses you out more. How do you know where to begin? How do you know you’re even ready? Should you start with changing other things first, like a diet, and then work your way up to the gym? What do you do?

The Start

The hardest part of the Fitness Journey is usually getting started. There is just so much out there to know and learn about this whole other part of life. Maybe you’ve never really thought about exercise or working out, but you’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, and you read somewhere that exercise helps with stress. But just the thought of The Gym only stresses you out more. How do you know where to begin? How do you know you’re even ready? Should you start with changing other things first, like a diet, and then work your way up to the gym? What do you do?

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Why Exercise? 5 Reasons Fitness Feels Good

For some, just reading the word “Exercise” sends shivers down the spine and PTSD-level responses, while others devote every Tweet, Instagram pic, and SnapChat to sharing their fitness journey. What keeps one group loathing it, and another borderline obsessed? With new studies and news reports everyday covering the latest nutrition or exercise trend, it’s easy to see that breaking a sweat is important, and hitting the gym and can have tremendous positive effects. By getting our heart rate going, and carefully working our bodies, we can tap into wonderful physical, mental, and health benefits.

Exercise makes you a supple leopard
Exercise makes you a supple leopard

Why Exercise?

For some, just reading the word “Exercise” sends shivers down the spine and PTSD-level responses, while others devote every Tweet, Instagram pic, and SnapChat to sharing their fitness journey. What keeps one group borderline obsessed and another loathing it? With new studies and news reports everyday covering the latest nutrition or exercise trend, it’s easy to see that breaking a sweat and hitting the gym can have tremendous positive effects on the body and mind. By getting our heart rate going, and carefully working our bodies, we can tap into wonderful physical, mental, and health benefits.

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