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Why should I create an exercise log?

Clients who are new to exercise should choose to keep an exercise log. An exercise log can have a variety of forms: journal, calendar, or a workout card. It is important for a client to find an effective, individual method of self-monitoring. The following are benefits of self-monitoring:

  • Provides the opportunity to look at progress over time.
  • Builds self-confidence and self-esteem, which leads to exercise adherence.
  • Can be used as a form of accountability.  
  • Encourages honesty and adherence to an exercise program.
  • Serves as a reward.
  • Helps identify challenging situations and barriers to exercise

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.