How I Use My Bullet Journal to Track Fitness

Since the start of 2018 I have been a huge advocate for bullet journalling. Using a notebook full of organisational layouts has really helped me to stay focussed more often than not throughout the last four months – even when I’ve been struggling a little. Aside from the monthly and weekly spreads I’ve relied on heavily since January, I have had fun experimenting with pages dedicated to developing a specific goal. I’ve done this with food, gratitude, wellbeing and a variety of other things, but April has been the month I’ve turned to fitness.

So many of us struggle to get going with even the most basic fitness schedule, let alone stick at it, and so this month I have been taking advantage of the slightly warmer (and sometimes sunny) spring weather to get outside. It’s easy to make up excuse after excuse to not be active, but I think that becomes harder as the weather gets nicer. The improving weather has been a huge motivational factor for me, but that’s not enough on its own. Not in England anyway…

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This is why I decided to create a motivational fitness tracker in my bullet journal. It is super simple, but just seeing my progress visually represented by such beautiful highlighters is enough for me to keep going even when the sky is grey (call me sad for getting so excited over stationery, but I really can’t help it).

How does it work?

The page speaks for itself really: I have my goals and a key at the bottom, and then a vertical list of the days with enough space next to each one to track four hours of activity horizontally. At the end of each day I colour code the amount of time I dedicated to each activity and hopefully by the end of the month I will see some patterns emerging which will help me to plan my fitness for the summer.

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What am I trying to achieve?

This is something I haven’t completely figured out yet. It’s not like I’m training for a marathon or anything, I am just looking to be a little more active and healthy. To make sure I had at least a vague focus, I wrote my ‘goals’ (if you can call them that) in a box in the corner of the page. As you can see these are pretty ambiguous. But they are truthful, and they reflect what I am trying to do, so at this point I don’t feel the urge to set anything more specific.

What am I tracking?

I realised if I was going to get active successfully, and be able to colour code it, I needed to have a couple of activities to focus on. I’ve gone for four things in April: walking, yoga and stretching, basketball, and running.

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Why walking?

I walk daily, even if that’s just home from work, so tracking this helps me to get started each day: even if I don’t manage to do anything else, I’m hoping that no day will be left blank and act as a discouragement. Walking is an easy way to get outside and explore the local area, spend a little time to reflect and think and always ticks the box of at least moving a little.

Why yoga?

Yoga has been in my life on and off now for the last few months; when I dedicate time to it I really notice the difference in my mental wellbeing. It helps me to reduce anxiety and stress, or wind down before bed. I have been mainly following YouTube videos at home, specifically Yoga with Adriene.

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Why basketball?

As I explained in my post about feeling self-conscious as a woman doing sport, I used to love playing basketball in the school playground when I was a lot younger. I want to revitalise that part of me, and feel that thrill again. I want to conquer an anxiety and find a sport I genuinely feel joy when playing.

Why running?

I am one of those people who has attempted to start running many times before and never got very far. Cardio is a very weak spot for me, but that just tells me it is even more important to dedicate energy towards it. I want to try and set habits now that will help me to stay healthy for the rest of my life, so the sooner I beat my fear of cardio the better really. To try and make sure I stick with it this time, I am taking it really slowly. The majority of my ‘runs’ so far have consisted of a lot of brisk walking, but that’s okay. It will take time and I won’t let myself get frustrated if it takes me a while to reach the level I want to reach.

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Looking forwards…

Your level of fitness impacts all aspects of your life: from how you physically feel and your mood, to your levels of concentration and quality of sleep. Yet, even so, we often neglect this part of our lives, seeing it as something else to squeeze into our busy schedules; we tell ourselves it’s too much effort, or that being active ‘just isn’t for me’.

These are all ideas I want to challenge in my own life, and I would love to know if anyone has any tips for me embarking on this journey to (hopefully) a healthier me. Is anyone else taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather to get outside more?


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36 thoughts on “How I Use My Bullet Journal to Track Fitness

  1. shalysejs says:

    Love it. Share a lot of the same thoughts. Especially activities. I’ve implementing more motion into life. It does wonders for the brain. I follow Adrienne also.

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  2. Bexa says:

    It’s so motivational to track fitness! Love your colourful pages 💖. I’m exactly the same and can get excited over pretty stationery he he (I have those pastel highlighters too 😍). I also try and walk everyday, it’s such a good mood booster, especially in this sunny weather. Basketball sounds really fun too! All the best with your fitness goals Alys! 😘 xx

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  3. Karen says:

    Great tracker sheet. I started running in December and (oddly) find I really love it. I started using the NHS Couch to 5k app, it starts you really gradually with just short runs. Good luck 🙂

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  4. MyPositiveJourney says:

    Think I need to start bullet journaling! Getting active is so important especially for mental health as you stated! Love the pastel highlighters too! 🙂

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  5. Hannah says:

    Something I have learnt is that the best way to motivate yourself is to set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. An example would be to be able to run for 5 minutes without stopping in 4 weeks time. I have always wanted to start Yoga but have never known where to start – what would you recommend? xx

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    • Alys says:

      That is such a great technique, I need to try that. I’m using an app for running which works on those principles I think. For yoga I’d definitely say YouTube is brilliant, there are videos for all levels on there. Yoga with Adriene is my favourite channel xx

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  6. thegiraffeslifeblog says:

    I love this way of tracking fitness! When I set my bujo up in the beginning of this year I made a yearly spread with all the days and colour in each day that I work out. Such an encouraging way to look back and see how many days I actually went to the gym!

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  7. Chloe says:

    Great post! I find it really inspiring seeing other bullet journalists in their ideas as I’m very new to it! Some fab ideas and I can’t wait to steal them! X

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  8. tylerwhitefight says:

    Hey Alys, I think I may be a little late to the party in commenting on this post, but just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading it!

    Really good use of your bullet journal and a great way to do it. I also think it’s OK to not know exactly what you want to achieve, but like you have, it’s great to have a direction and a little list of positive things to get into the habit of doing.

    Some advice for the cardio bit…

    If you struggle to run for prolonged periods of time then break up your work out using time as a measurement. One session that I do with my clients who want to get better at running and have never done it before goes like this:

    Walk for 2 minutes and run lightly for 30 seconds – 1 minute.

    Really simple! You then just adjust and adapt the session to suit you and how your running is developing. Over time you can increase the amount of time you run for and reduce the amount of time you walk for.

    A staple cardio session for me (purely for the health benefits and as a recovery session) is 1 min run – 1 min walk & repeat this for 30-60 minutes!

    Hopefully that’s helpful Alys and helps you with your cardio. Keep up the great work! 😀

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    • Alys says:

      Hey Tyler! Thank you so much for your detailed comment and your kind words. Goals definitely help, even if they are small or vague. That’s really great cardio advice, and is similar to what I’m doing with the Couch to 5k app. I think it works on the same principle really! Glad to hear other people find it is a positive method though 🙂

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