Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Even if you don't own a Heart Rate Monitor, Polar offers some beautiful software for you to log your workouts. It may sound liker a schlepp, actually it becomes the favorite part of exercising - the satisfaction of seeing those numbers grow.
Why To Log Workouts
Before you put on your running shoes, before you take out a gym membership, before your first step, you need to spend a little quiet time identifying what the point of all the sweat and tears is going to be.
This is the time to evaluate your life, your health, and then identify goals. Lose 5 kilograms in 5 months is a credible goals. Set broad goals, insert EVENTS within them to keep it exciting (races, outdoor trips), and keep you on track. But at the end of the day, you need to plan your workouts at least a week in advance, and then log them once done.
A great tool for this is Polar's calendar. This software is very easy to use, and as I say, you don't need a Heart Rate Monitor to get a lot of the utility of the graphs. One component that is very useful for example, is time spent per week training. Try to gradually increase your total time. I like to get to a minimum of 7 hours a week. That's an average of just an hour a day, but this becomes tough when you don't train 3 or more days in the week.
So the idea behind using this software is to develop personal consistency and accountability.