Today it can be very expensive to hire a personal trainer to help you along the way with your exercise development. There are a number of ways you can help yourself train and one of them is to keep track of the training you have done and set goals for the development of your exercising routine.
When setting goals it is important to be reasonable and to create goals that you can reach. At first you can make these goals very easy, goals you know you can make. Depending on where you are at, some people need goals such as ten minutes of walking or a small number of daily calisthenics. Calisthenics are exercises such as push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks. It is important to choose goals that push you a bit. When starting out doing stair steps can also be a challenge and something that is easy to count out. Be firm with your goals, challenge yourself but complete each goal even if it requires a rest break before finishing. If you are questioning any of your goals, remember to consult your physician. Sudden changes can have ill effects on the body but if you get a little advice and be reasonable, you can make a smooth transition into a lifestyle that includes regular exercise, but only if you have goals.
In order to keep yourself in check it is good to keep track not only of your goals but also of your actual accomplishments. This can easily be done with sheet of paper and a pencil. Make a chart that includes columns for goals and then columns for each days accomplishments. One column will have the exercise that is the goal, such as: jumping jacks, stairs, push ups, sit ups. The next column will have the list of repetitions you will do of that exercise. Finally make a column for what you actually did that day. Each week remember to look back.