Whether in a notebook or followed using one of the many mobile apps dedicated to physical activity, a training journal is essential for monitoring your fitness walking training and staying motivated.
EVERYBODY CAN HAVE ONE!
Emmanuel Lassalle, a cross country walker, advises all walkers to keep one, regardless of their goals. If you want to lose weight or feel good, a training journal is essential for keeping you wanting to walk more.
"This allows you to quantify your progress, to note how you feel. Today, the paper format is losing ground to apps, very professional tools within everyone's reach, with the option to schedule your sessions. I use a GPS watch to follow my training sessions, which I share with my coach. At least I can't cheat, he knows everything. It's all very motivating!"
WHAT DO YOU PUT IN YOUR JOURNAL?
Certain information is crucial in order to make progress. The date of your session, the distance walked, time and average speed. But anything useful to you should be included, including your weight changes if your goal is to slim down. It's also possible to comment on your training sessions by adding your mood or how you feel during your sessions. What's in Emmanuel's journal?
"Personally, I add how many calories I burn, the weather, what I eat, but also my weight before and after the session. Loosing too much weight at the end of the session tells me I didn't stay hydrated well enough, which brings my performance down!"
A CRUCIAL TOOL FOR GETTING READY FOR YOUR TRAINING SESSIONS
Your training journal is a gold mine of information for your future walking sessions. Reading and re-reading it is crucial to your progress.
"In your journal, you can write that your back or ankles hurt at a given point in the session, and then you can set aside time to stretch during your next walks. I also note the number of beats per minute when I wake up to observe my heart rate. An increase can mean a state of fatigue. This excellent fitness indicator allows me to get a better grasp of my training sessions", Emmanuel tells us.
A GREAT WAY TO SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
A training journal is of course personal, but it's also a great thing to share with your walker friends. Using your journal, you'll see some improvements you can make to your sessions and even challenge each other. This is even easier if you use a dedicated app, since next to monitoring your activity, sharing is their main function.