If you really want to track the progress of your fitness
program then you need to record your activities in a daily walking log. I have
been doing this for many years and it helps a lot to be able to look back and
see the improvements in your abilities. I also find it useful to check how I am
doing compared to my goals.
If you are planning on participating in any walking races,
especially the longer distances like a marathon, then a logbook is essential for
planning and following a training schedule. This will help to make sure you are
properly prepared on race day.
For walking the basic measurement is simply how long you
walked. You should also note the distance if you know it. If you use a pedometer
then you can record the number of steps. I am always amazed at how many paces we
do take in the course of a one hour walk.
You can also note the route you walked, the weather,
companions, and anything else you feel is important. Your walking log can become
your daily fitness diary!
A walking log is also a good place to record your weight.
Usually a weekly notation is enough. Try and record your weight at the same
time, for example every Saturday morning, to avoid daily fluctuations.
You can record your walk details online or using a regular
logbook. Here are several resources you can check out:
http://www.fitnessjournal.org/ This is a comprehensive online fitness log.
They require you to join and pay a monthly fee.
“MyWalks” is a free online log. You just have to register
and then you can keep track of your walks on their web page. You can choose to
either keep your logged walks private so that only you can see them, or make
them public and let everyone see them. The web address is
“Walking with Attitude” has a 12 week walking log you can
download for free at
My own favorite is a 53-week walking logbook from Personal
Logs.com. They will produce a custom logbook with your name (and your photo if
you wish) on the cover. Another good feature is that the logbook is dated and
can start any month of the year. You can find out more at