Importance of an Exercise Journal

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Las Vegas Informer

Keep records of your workouts to optimize results. Maintain detailed notes of your exercise sessions to improve the quality of your training.

Combine consistent exercise and nutrition to achieve your health and fitness goals. Live a healthier, fitter, more functional life by developing and adhering to training and nutritional strategies that produce your best results.

Maintaining an exercise journal is the simplest path to determining that yields your highest training outcomes. The exercise journal goes by many names including: Fitness journal, workout diary, training ledger and so on. It does not matter what you call it, just use this beneficial tool to record your training sessions and improve your results.

Mark the date, month and year. Keep track of the exercises you perform, the amount of weight you use, the number of sets, the number of repetitions, rest time between sets, the speed of your movement, your finish time, the course your ran, how you felt beforehand, how your felt during training and how your felt afterwards. Write down your goals and when you achieve them. Place stars next to the accomplishment of goals.

Record the foods you ate before, during and after your workout. Note how the foods consumed affected your training. Mark down your attitude and enthusiasm toward your training. Write down the quantity and quality of your sleep. Record as much pertinent information as you can. The more details the better. Be as detailed as possible.

Recording these details takes a short amount of time and provides extremely valuable feedback. This important information is imperative in the development of efficient training routines and the achievement of goals and personal records.

An exercise journal is a simple and cost effective tool. Continuously monitor your progress and determine which exercises or exercise types increase your aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

Constantly review your exercise journal to devise training routines that yield your desired results. Use information in your exercise journal to tweak or completely overhaul your training.

Look back and study your past journals. Help re-invigorate your current enthusiasm and re-establish your progress. Compare your current results with past results.

Recording your training results and methods helps prevent overtraining injuries. Take note of your rest and recovery days and times. Proper rest and recovery is vital in the prevention of overtraining injuries.

The training journal is a vital piece of exercise equipment. Utilize this simple but indispensable tool to increase the effectiveness of your training and to increase your injury prevention measures.

Train hard, record your progress and accomplish your goals.

Dr_Donald_A_Ozello_thumb_medium150_Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 2595 S. Cimarron Rd, Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117.  His web address is Championship Chiropractic. He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. His is published in OnFitness and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, bike riding and running are his favorite forms of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.

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