The new year has just kicked in, and there are a lot of fitness goals going around right now. What better way to achieve yours, old or new, but with a bullet journal fitness tracker?
What is a Bullet Journal?
A Bullet Journal, or as some users like to call it, a BuJo, is a highly customizable journal. It can be anything you want it to be depending on your interests and goals. Some of the things that people use a Bullet Journal for are:
- A diary
- A planner (yearly, monthly, daily, or even hourly!)
- A sketchbook/ doodle book
- An organizer
And more! The idea is that you take a blank journal (most BuJo users prefer dotted ones as they provide more flexibility) and design it however you want and need it to be.
For this post, we’re going to look at how you can use trackers in a Bullet Journal to help achieve your fitness goals.
Bullet Journal Trackers
People put trackers in their journals for practically anything. And since the beauty of a BuJo is that it’s not pre-formatted, you can put as many trackers as you want for different things. For instance, people create habit trackers to help them keep up with their annual resolutions.
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For instance, someone wants to accomplish reading a hundred books in one year, they will create a spread in the journal to help them keep track of how much they have achieved so far. Trackers can be as simple as checklists or as elaborate as creatively illustrated pages in your journal.
While we’re focusing on physical fitness goals, take note that you can also use these trackers for your overall health. For instance, people create trackers for keeping track of their mental health using the ‘Year in Pixels’ spread, a tracker which notes what their overall mood is for each day.
Happy New Year!! Now that 2017 is over, I can finally share my completed #yearinpixels page. 😊 I ended up having a few more ‘tired’ days than ideal, but overall I love how it turned out! 😍 I’ll definitely be doing this again for 2018, with a different color scheme and minor tweaks to my categories. Thanks again to @passioncarnets for starting this great idea!! • And thank YOU so much for sticking around through my spontaneous hiatus!! My fall semester got crazy busy to the point that I took a break from all my social media, but I still kept bullet journaling. 😊 My TA duties kept me working right up until Christmas Eve, but I’ve spent the last few days getting my bujo set up for 2018, and it’s felt so good to be back in my planning groove! I’ve missed this community so much, and I’m so happy to be sharing with you again! • Edited to add my supplies: – Notebook: Nanami Seven Seas Crossfield, 1st edition (from nanamipaper.com) — The company that made this notebook doesn’t currently make this exact version; the 2nd edition Crossfield has a full grid instead of the tiny crosses (which were very similar to dot grid) of the 1st edition pictured here. – Pens: @staedtlermars Pigment Liners and Triplus Fineliners • • • • #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #bujo #bujocommunity #yearinpixels2017 #bulletjournallove #bulletjournaladdict #bulletjournalinspiration #moodtracker #plannerfun #greenishplanning #nanamipaper #tomoeriverpaper #staedtlertriplusfineliner #staedtlerpens #showmeyourplanner #bohoberrytribe #lifebyw
The possibilities are endless. You can track how many hours you’ve slept, if you’ve taken your vitamins or medications, and so on. Now, on to how you can create your own bullet journal fitness tracker!
Bullet Journal Fitness Tracker Ideas
Most fitness goals often have something to do with exercise. After the binge eating celebrations of the holidays, a lot of us want to get back in shape once the new year kicks in.
One of the most common exercises is walking or jogging. In order to create a fitness tracker for your bullet journal for this specific exercise, you can track how many miles you’ve walked for the entire year. Set a goal and create a system to track how much of it you’ve achieved.
If you’ve got a workout regimen ready, a spread like this can help you keep track of the sequences (until you’ve got it all down, of course!) You can also see how many reps you need to do each time, and how you can progress as you get more used to the exercises.
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If your fitness goals include a new diet regimen like Keto or Paleo, you can make a helpful list of which foods are recommended with the diet. You can also keep track of your meals to see how well you’re sticking to the diet (or straying off, no one’s judging).
Basically, with each part of your overall fitness goal, a tracker can be customized to go with it. A quick search on the internet can help you see if anyone has a format you can copy or base your own from. But if you’re a creative person, than you can whip up your own depending on your own specifications.
If you’re just starting out with a bullet journal, you don’t need to create a tracker or spread that looks as colorful or elaborate as the ones others post online. It’s your personal journal, so it can be as minimalistic or simple as you need it to be. It’s pretty understandable if you have a busy daily schedule.
Speaking of busy schedules, why don’t we just use an app, you ask? Since there are apps for practically everything nowadays, chances are there’s one for your goals, right?
While that’s true, it’s also true that some fitness tracking apps aren’t very customizable. Some of the features may also need to be purchased before you can get full access to the app to customize it better, and they may also be lacking for the exact things you need.
A bullet journal, on the other hand, can be crafted and edited to your heart’s desire. Plus, there’s a certain thrill to keeping a written log of your goals and coloring (or checking) each item as you achieve it. So if you’re still wondering if you need your own BuJo fitness tracker, the answer is YES!
It’s super easy to get started with your own. All you’ll need is a blank notebook and a few colored pens/ pencils or markers.
I prefer using a dotted journal like the one that Scribbles That Matter have on Amazon (those cute color combinations makes me want to get one of each!).
They have a PRO version and a more laid back one with the titular scribbles right on the cover. The PRO cover is plain, but you can still get a taste of the scribbles on the back cover. Plus, there are pastel colors!