Your fitness journey is a deeply personal experience filled with victories and obstacles. That is why any old tools won’t do. They must resonate with you on a deeply emotional level and motivate you to stick to your goals and plans for better health.
Here are five must-have tools to enhance your fitness journey:
1. A pedometer.
Among the handiest tools available is a fitness tracker or pedometer. It can be worn on your wrist or clothing and tracks the number of steps you’ve taken, stairs you’ve climbed, calories you’ve burned, miles you’ve traveled, and even minutes that you’ve slept. It’s a good indicator of health because it allows you to measure your progress. Pedometers and fitness trackers vary in price, style, and function, so do your research to make sure you get the most out of the money you spend on one. Then, make it a point to charge it regularly and wear it daily.
2. A journal.
Record intimate details about your health, the things you’ve discovered about yourself, your challenges, and your successes. Journaling regularly has noted health benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress. It also gives you a dedicated space to explore ideas, overcome obstacles, and find out who you are at the core of your being. A journal doesn’t need to be fancy to be effective. You can even keep an ejournal if you prefer a digital format opposed to an analog version.
3. A vision board.
Creating a visual reminder of your goals is easy. All you need is a piece of heavy cardstock or poster board, some magazines, scissors, and a glue stick. Start by cutting out pictures that excite and motivate you. Then select words and phrases that remind you of your fitness journey. Arrange all the items you cut out in a way that looks aesthetically-pleasing to the eye. Once you’ve done that, glue each down to the cardstock or poster board. Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.
4. An app for recording your progress.
Keep your fitness tracker information synced with one of the many fitness apps that stores the data for you. That way, you can take a look at your progress at any given time with very little effort. There are many free apps available for iOS and Android phones. Find out which ones work well with your fitness tracker and download the app of your choice immediately after setting up your Fitbit or other tracking device. That way, you can see where you’ve succeeded and where you needed to make changes to your fitness routine.
5. A group of fitness enthusiasts to check in with.
Finding a group to join online or in person is a great way to stay on top of your fitness goals. We cannot emphasize the importance of having accountability buddies to root you on during times of great change in your life. You’ll build each other up and make it impossible to fail.
Venture on a journey of good health and physical fitness today. You’ve got a wide range of tools available to assist you in your efforts. Choose the ones that best meet your needs and encourage you to stick to your pursuits of being happy and well. You’re capable of doing anything you set your mind to achieving!