Benefits Of Maintaining A Fitness And Lifestyle Journal
Journaling is very powerful. When it comes to creating better habits, maintaining routines or enforcing a recent lifestyle change, a journal is one of the most effective things you could do.
When you are writing in a journal, there is an opportunity for self-reflection. In other words, you see yourself better. What this means is that you get an objective view of how you lead your lifestyle. Taking this a step further will help you implement one of the most powerful growth techniques—The Feedback loop.
What is a Feedback loop?
A Feedback loop is a process of using specific activities to improve the working process and thus give better results. Simply put, a feedback loop is an asset that improves a working process by monitoring it and using the results to improve how the work is done.
Feedback loops are built into almost every working system. In fact, we owe much of the advancements in our biology to feedback loops. The body uses this valuable asset to maintain balance and encourage beneficial change in its environment.
Types of Feedback Loops.
The two types of feedback loops are Negative Feedback Loop and Positive Feedback Loop. The negative feedback loop aims to keep things as they are. In this kind of feedback loop, undesirable outcomes would be discouraged by dampening the activities in the system that cause that particular result.
On the other hand, a positive feedback loop cements change by encouraging the activities in the system that cause these beneficial results. A positive feedback loop is most helpful when the results draw the system closer to its ultimate goal.
As feedback loops are used to either control the state of a system or enforce change, you can use the feedback loop to manage, encourage or improve any system you have created. Particularly in school, feedback loops are used to strengthen the learning process. We often refer to this as the learning feedback loop process.
What is the Learning Feedback Loop Process?
The Learning feedback loop process involves using the steps in the feedback loop to cement the memory and understanding of new information. The learner can use the data collected to improve how they learn and identify methods or periods during which they learned faster.
Now that we have discussed extensively what a feedback loop is, you might wonder how it ties in with fitness and lifestyle journaling. One of the core activities that make the feedback loop possible is monitoring. We are not reality TV stars that can have cameras interrupt our daily lives, but what is a journal, if not a written record of your day. As we mentioned before, a journal documents your activities and the thoughts behind them. We often subconsciously judge and assess the worth of each activity as we write about them. Imagine the information you can gather to improve yourself when you actively do this.
How do I Implement a Feedback Loop Process into My Healthy Lifestyle Routine?
Keeping a journal is a habit in itself. However, it is not a hard habit to adopt. The first thing you should know is that keeping a journal is not as daunting as you might think. You are not publishing for the public. You can write whatever you want. If you are keeping a fitness and lifestyle journal, you would be sure to record things that concern these aspects of your life.
Here are four steps to improving your lifestyle with a journal:
- Set goals: This is a no-brainer. If you are going to set about something, you have to have a goal. Goals help you define your new regimen or system and identify which activities encourage progress.
- Identify indicators: Once the goals are defined, you can identify pointers that signal how fast you are approaching your goal or even if you are still on the right path. These indicators will justify the actions that you are taking daily.
- Start simple: It is okay to write less than a page when you are just starting. Try to document only what concerns your goals to reduce bloat.
- Reflect: Take time out to reflect often. Read your journals and generate action points based on the observations and stories you have recorded. You could have a separate journal day where all you do is record your reflections and determine if you have achieved your goals and set new ones.
It is important to note that lifestyle improvement is fluid, and goals are ever-changing. But as long as you implement a feedback loop process and constantly make adjustments based on the feedback you get from your journaling experience, you will successfully maintain focus in your healthy lifestyle routine.