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    Are You Tracking Your Workouts?
    Henry S Lodge, MD posted:
    Tracking your workouts is a very effective technique for most people. If you're new to log-keeping, a couple of suggestions to help you get started:

    -- Write an exercise schedule for the month. As you complete each session, note the duration and intensity of your workout. You can also add notes about other details that feel relevant or helpful — how you felt, music you listened to, any muscle pain or stress that you want to keep an eye on, etc.

    -- If you are following your heart rate, keep a log of this as well. If you are a gear head, most of the heart rate monitors now plug into your computer, and you can track your numbers online and on your smart phone.

    -- It is a great idea to try and get your friends into this as well, so you can share numbers. Bragging rights is a great motivator — no one wants to look like they are dogging it in front of their friends.

    One caveat to all this is that for most of us any given routine gets stale after a while, and I will often alternate fairly long stretches of keeping a close track of my workouts, with periods where I am simply out there exercising but not writing anything down. But I always come back to writing things down after an interval off because it gets me right back to being honest with myself!
    BabyParks responded:
    I have the fit bit but not sure if I should have gotten it. Is it ok or have you heard any reviews on it? I was thinking a Heart Rate monitor would be more accurate as this goes by my steps walked and I never know my heart rate. Just curious your thoughts. Thanks for the helpful advice I need to write my workouts and the intensity of them for sure. Thanks!
    spartanx35 replied to BabyParks's response:
    I'm waiting on the fitbit flex for this kind of thing you speak of.

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