There are so many fitness trackers out there, from the Daily Mile to Livestrong.com. They have some pretty cool features, but I’ve found, since I’m not training for anything in particular, that all the stats and graphs (calories burned, minutes spent, progress made, etc), aren’t particularly useful to me. Plus, the process of going in and tracking what I’ve done or what I’ve eaten is not something I’ve ever been good about doing consistently. Consistency, in fact, is my big challenge with fitness. What I want is a simple, always visible reminder or record of how often I’ve been getting exercise.
Enter the annual calendar.
That’s right, the one-page calendar pinned above your desk, probably graced by some obnoxious corporate picture or logo, isn’t just a way of seeing what day of the week December 16 is this year. It’s also the perfect minimalist fitness tracker.
Here’s how it works: every day that I do something to get my butt in gear, I highlight the day in pink. A yoga class, a bike ride, a hike, or even an exceptionally sweaty playtime with my nephew counts. It’s a glorious feeling to come in to work and highlight for last night’s–or that morning’s!–activities. I do it before even logging into my computer. And I can quickly see how I’m doing at any time by how pink the week, or the month, or the year looks. It’s even a reason for rewards: when a certain number of days in a week are pink, I’m not only immensely proud of my go-getter sweating self, but it’s the perfect incentive to treat myself to a soy chai or a new workout playlist.
Already tossed the freebie calendar from work? Download our Minimalist fitness tracker, (pdf) and get started highlighting!