A training journal - your best ally

A training journal, whether kept in a notebook or using one of the many mobile apps dedicated to physical exercise, is essential to monitor your fitness-walking training and maintain your motivation.


Everyone can keep one!

Emmanuel Lassalle, a long-distance walker, advises all walkers to keep a training journal, whatever their goal. If you want to lose weight or feel good, a training journal is essential to keep you wanting to walk more. It enables you to quantify your progress and jot down what you feel. These days, the paper format is losing ground to applications. These highly professional tools are within everyone's reach, enabling you to schedule your sessions.

 "I use a GPS watch to monitor my training sessions, which I share with my coach. At least I can't cheat any more since he knows everything. It's all very motivating! »

What do you put in your journal?

Certain data is essential to make progress. The date of your session, the distance covered, how long you walked for and your average speed. But anything you find useful can be included, especially changes in your weight if your goal is to become slimmer, or the number of steps you made during your training session. You can also comment on your training by adding your mood or what you felt during your sessions.~What is in Emmanuel's journal?

"As well as all this data, I add how many calories I have burnt up, the weather, what I have eaten and my weight before and after each session. If I have lost too much weight by the end of a session, this tells me that I didn't drink enough, which lowered my performance! »


An essential tool to prepare your training sessions

A training journal is a gold mine of information for your future training sessions. It is very important to read and reread it regularly to make progress. You can write in your journal that you had backache or that your ankles hurt at a given point during your session. This enables you to schedule time for stretching during your next walking sessions.

"I also write down my number of heartbeats per minute when I wake up to observe my heart rate. An upward swing may indicate a state of fatigue. This excellent fitness indicator gives me a better understanding of my training sessions. "

A good way to share with your friends

Although a training journal is of course personal, it is also a good way to share things with your walker friends. Thanks to your journal, you will see how to improve your sessions and challenge yourself. This is even easier if you use a dedicated app since, after monitoring your training, their main function is to share content.