Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could capture and track all of your physical fitness and workout sessions?
Having a log of your workouts is a great addition to your fitness routines. Tracking workouts helps you stay motivated, see improvements, stay organized and on target, and watch your fitness story over time. With all the wearables, smart watches, and apps out there, it’s easier and easier to track your fitness and health.
Increasingly we can use this tracking data to understand our health and optimize our fitness too. I like to call this becoming “data-driven” about your life.
There are a lot of reasons and benefits to tracking your workouts. In “Why Track Your Workouts?,” I summarized it as: accountability, honesty, purpose, measurements, a summary of progress and health data.
Whether you are a self-tracking, data freak (like me) or not, tracking your workouts is one of the most beneficial data points to collect. Like tracking your heart rate, heart rate variability and sleep, I believe that anyone serious about their health and fitness should track and log their workouts.
There are a few aspects to tracking your workouts. First, the actual tracking of the event of your workouts; second, the aggregate logs of your complete training and the cumulative results; and, third, what you do and optimize with that data.
In this post, we will look at how to track your workouts in two key ways: logging and tracking. In the first part, we will look at the key data aspects to logging your workouts. At its most basic, when you log or track a workout you should be capturing when you did it, what you did and your key achievement.
In the second part, we will look at various apps, wearables and technologies to help you track, classify, and understand your workouts. With wearables, smart phones and even dedicated sensors, we can capture an array of data that wasn’t possible before. I’ll try and sort through all the options to provide you a good starting point on tracking your fitness.
Finally, we will conclude with what tracking your fitness and workouts can do. Namely, tracking data provide the ingredients to become data-driven. Using this personal fitness data, you can optimize your fitness plan for your goals and improve your health and performance outcomes.