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Handwriting Benefits or The Power of Handwriting

Handwriting Benefits

Do you want to get sh*t done? You should write them down!

Let’s take a look at several handwriting benefits and why you should pick up a paper and pen more often.

Handwriting Benefits

Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, from the Dominican University of California, found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down.

This is because writing improves your long term memory and makes you more accountable. Handwriting movements activate parts of your brains responsible for thinking and memory. In contrast, typing engages different parts of the brain: typing is faster than writing, thus it is more appropriate for transcript or for article writing such as a blog.

Writing by hand forces you to slow down and encourages you to focus. Therefore, you have to be intentional about what you want to write. Handwriting is better for organizing thoughts and absorbing information. There is a reason why students prefer to take notes by hand: they are much more able to memorize and retain new concepts this way. A study also found that young children who wrote essays by hand expressed more ideas than those who used a keyboard.

Handwriting also trains and enhances your brains. According to physicians, writing by hand may help baby boomers keep their brains sharp.

How you can crush your fitness goals with handwriting

Do you want to maintain your health, be leaner or stronger? That latest fitness app that makes you tap on a phone screen might not be the solution for you… Sure it does make you save time, but are you really committed?

If you want to make yourself more accountable, it’s time to bring the paper and pen back!

As a bonus, get a nice break from the phone screen and all the annoying notifications.

Grab a fitness journal to help you write down your goals, track your workout progress, plan your meals, and many more!

Handwriting also reduces anxiety and activates neural activity similar to meditation. This is why journaling has been very popular these last years because of its good effects on your mental health. So at the end of the day, slow down and take a moment to reflect in your journal for a calming effect. Why not set priorities for the next day while you’re at it?

Are you ready to start your fitness journey? We have a cute selection of fitness journals and printables, check them out!

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Why You Should Use a Fitness Planner

why you should use a fitness planner

Using a fitness planner might seem like extra work. After all, you’re already going to the gym and sweating. Isn’t that enough? However, if you want your workouts to really count, you need to keep track of what you are doing and determine whether you are seeing results. Otherwise, you may be wasting your time! Let’s learn about the benefits of a fitness planner and how to use one.

Benefits of a Fitness Planner

  • Focus on Fitness Goals

A fitness planner is just for fitness. Having a separate planner for your exercise habits means that you will stay focused on that subject and not be distracted. 

  • Track Progress

Take your measurements and weight before you begin. Make note of your clothing sizes. You can even print up “before” pictures. Every few weeks, check in with your new numbers and pictures. You can also keep track of how heavy you are lifting, how far you run, or any other important progress. 

  • Record Milestones

Keeping track of your milestones will increase your motivation. When you conquer a big goal, you want to celebrate it! Make note of it so you know that what you are doing in the gym is working. 

  • Make Yourself Accountable

Somedays you just don’t feel like hitting the gym. It’s easy to let yourself off the hook if you aren’t keeping track. However, seeing how many times you have actually worked out will keep you from slacking off. 

  • Plan Workouts and Rest Days

Planning out your week in advance takes the guesswork out of what to do at the gym that day. 

  • Identify Patterns

If you find that you feel great after certain workouts and awful after others, you know which workouts to change or whether you need to add more fuel for the harder days. 

  • Avoid Plateaus

Everyone dreads hitting a plateau in either weight loss or their current exercise routine. Keeping track of what you have been doing will help you know when to change your workouts so you never feel stagnant. 

  • Create Healthy Habits

Your planner will help you stay on track so that exercise becomes a habit. You’ll know what you’re doing every day, so you can plan your meals and leisure activities around the gym! 

  • Prevent Injuries

Your planner can help you make sure that you aren’t overdoing it at the gym. Going too hard or too fast will only lead to injuries, not progress.

What to Write in a Fitness Journal

Now you know why you should use a fitness planner. However, what exactly should you write in it? Here are some questions to answer after every workout. 

  • Did you enjoy your workout? If not, why?

If your workout was a drag, it may be time to modify your routine. 

  • Did you experience pain?

If the answer is yes, you need to check your form. You should never feel bad pain while exercising!

  • Was the workout too difficult? Too easy? 

If your workout was too much or too little, it’s time to change your reps, sets, or weights, or the duration of your workout. 

  • Did your sleep, water intake, and meals affect your energy levels?

Sometimes a bad workout stems from things that happen outside the gym!

  • What was your overall performance?

This will help you know what factors create a good day at the gym. 

Using a fitness planner might seem overwhelming but taking a few minutes to plan your workouts and record how you feel will help you get the most out of every gym session. It can make the difference between spinning your wheels and reaching your goals! 

Check out our unique fitness planners