Toronto Mike

Why I Track My Workouts

Tracking Workouts

When it comes to working out in the traditional sense, I've never been able to stick to a routine.  I'm talking about lifting weights or aerobic fitness routines you might do in a gym or at home.  I might try a routine, I might even do it for an entire week, but I always bail for one reason: it's not enjoyable.

Since I got serious about keeping fit, I've learned to stick to scheduled workouts I actually enjoy.  In addition to sports like baseball, hockey and volleyball, these activities are:

  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking

For a solid 10 months I swam a kilometre a day every weekday.  Recently, I've swapped the pool for the bike.  I track all of it, every ride, every swim and every long walk, using MapMyRun.  Here's what August 2013 looks like.

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Why do I track each workout?  I do it for two reasons:

  1. It's fun
  2. I like to compete against myself

When I tackle a defined route, I'll compare my split times to the last time I rode it.  I aim to kick my own ass.

Do you track your workouts?

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