Why is habit tracking so important?

Good habits can be hard to start. And even harder to keep. There are discussions old as time about how long it takes to build a new habit. Some people say 21 days. Others say 66 days. Others say you’re never truly safe – you always need to stay on top of it.

What Is a Habit Tracker?

A habit tracker is exactly what the name suggests: it’s a way to help you track how well you’re sticking with daily, weekly, or monthly habits.

A good habit tracker can come in many forms, from a sophisticated app to a sheet of paper and a pen. 

Here are some of the most popular ways to help you track the process of forming good habits:

1. Reminders on your phone

2. Notebook / Journal Type of Habit Tracker

3. Analogue Planner

4. Excel or Google Sheets Tables 

5. Habit Tracking App


Another great solution to stay consistent with your good habits and maintain them is to have someone to keep you accountable. That can be a friend, relative, colleague or a personal coach!

As a personal trainer, I am in a position to help my clients take responsibility for their health and fitness goals. According to a study, participants who told someone about their goal had a 65% chance of achieving it and a 95% chance of achieving a goal if they committed to meeting up with that person!

Here is how I can help you stay focused with your goals and track your habits:

1. Set Reminders and Check In Regularly

2. Celebrate Your Successes and Progress

3. Use Tech to Gain Greater Insight

4. Hold a Competition or Pair Clients Up

5. Call You Out When Excuses Come Up


Extra tip: How to Recover Quickly When I Break a Habit Down

Every habit streak ends at some point. Perfection is not possible. Whenever this happens to me, I try to remind myself of a simple rule:

Never miss twice.

If I miss one day, I try to get back into it as quickly as possible. Missing one workout happens, but I’m not going to miss two in a row.


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