Athletes keep records of their workout regimens in order to track their progress — and I encourage you to do the same. As I’ve mentioned many times before, being able to physically see proof of your improvements is infinitely rewarding and motivation in itself.
There are a number of good ways to keep references of progress:
- keeping a journal: numbers don’t lie. Keep a record of how many seconds it took you to do a standard movement or certain activity and retry it every now and again.
- videotaping yourself at the start and end of a “therapy challenge.” This way, you can see yourself in action.
- keeping a calendar: seeing a record of all the days you consistently went to the gym, for example, can keep you going time and time again.
- taking photos, for example, of your smile over time, if you’re like me and suffer from a little facial droop — this is better than video because it’s physical proof you can have printed and look back at over time.
A physical therapist or personal trainer will also keep records for you on file — and I like to get copies for myself, too.
It’s always really nice to look at what you’ve been doing and see for yourself that you’re steadily making progress. Remember that improvements will be as consistent as you are in working on them, so the more regularly you keep records, the more driven you’ll be to stay regular in therapy activities.