With summer finally here, many people are looking to get in shape before heading to the beaches. A healthy diet and fitness routine are obviously a good start to attaining this goal, but what else can you do?
I have found one of the best strategies is to track your performance with a Success Tracker worksheet. Start by defining you fitness abilities on day one. This can be done easily by using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, Google Docs spreadsheet, or graph paper. For example, you can write down the number of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups can you do. Or how long you can jump rope and how quickly you can run a mile. Record your ability and track it after each workout for the next 100 days. When you exercise, aim for just a small improvement of just 1 or 2 percent per workout.
Tracking your fitness level with a Success Tracker worksheet, may help you improve your abilities. I found that by using this technique I doubled the amount of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups I could do in just 100 days.
Why does this system work so well?I think it does two key things. First, it helps you focus on small improvement that’s within reach. Doubling your ability overnight is likely a push and may even harm the body. But focusing on small improvement, is viable and safer. Second, the Success Tracker holds you accountable. It’ll help you maintain the discipline to workout several times per week. Skipping your workout for a couple of days will not be an options. The Success Tracker operates like a good friend, reminding you to stay focused on your goal.
As a general goal setting philosophy, that which gets measured can be improved. If you don’t track progress towards a goal, it’s hard to tell if it’s being made. A Success Tracker worksheet will help you track that progress.