I kept a log book because it was fun. There is a certain reward after a hard workout of being able to write it down. The workout scribbled on a small piece of paper in my pocket during the workout often turned into the words in my logbook. Intervals, speed work, circuits, hill runs, tempos. I loved to see how many miles I rode on my bike each week and each season. I enjoyed looking back at the details of the many hard workouts I put my body through year after year. I most certainly never wanted to see an empty day without any sports, unless, of course, it was a designated rest day. Keeping a log book was a way for me to log my successes and challenges and it motivated me to do more.
For the older kids in the age group 10-13, log books provide a great way to put some structure into sport, and help kids as they get more serious about the sports they play, in anticipation of the next stage in one’s sports career, in the latter teen years, when the intensity gets greater and the stakes get higher for competing in those sports in which they like to play. Of course, for the recreational athlete, log books can also provide enjoyment similar to what a writing journal does for the individuals who like to write.
Bookstores sell many different versions of hard copy workout log books, and the online apps give athletes so much to choose from depending on sport, what you want to track and how often you want to log. I would highly recommend, however, that kids use notebooks and pens or pencils to log their workouts. It is fun to see workouts on paper and with a little imagination, a ruler, a calendar, and a writing tool, younger kids can step away from technology and get some good old fashioned logbook experience. Happy logging!
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