To get the maximum benefit from your fitness training you should be following a specific program. You need to determine what you are trying to achieve with your fitness program and then design a course that will deliver the results you are after. If you have program to follow you will be able to record your progress and make changes as your level of fitness increases.
This is particularly important if you are doing resistance training, as it is difficult to know what changes to make if you don’t know what your progress has been. Recording your progress will also spur you on to better performances. This helps your subconscious mind to drive you on as you realize the benefits of your training.
Record the number of repetitions that you achieve for each exercise and the weight that you use for each exercise and constantly challenge yourself to do better. Even increasing weights or repetitions in small increments can add up to some substantial improves in your levels of strength and fitness over time.
Without a record of progress many people tend to continue with the same weights, or the same number of repetitions and wonder why they fail to achieve the levels that they hope for.
If you are training to reshape your body it is also a good idea to record your starting point on film. Take a photo of yourself before you start your fitness program and at intervals along the way. It is best to only do this every few months as it can take time to see noticeable changes to your body.
By recording this on film you can look back and the progress that you see visually and this will help to encourage and motivate you to continue with your program.
There is nothing better than visual proof of accomplishment as a motivator.