Friday, January 18, 2013

DIY Fitness & Exercise Binder

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This time of  the year, a lot of people (myself included) have made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, eat healthier, and/or to exercise more. It also seems as though most everyone breaks their New Year's Resolutions. This year, I am striving to stick to my New Year's Resolution: to workout and eat healthier. As you noticed, I didn't say "Diet", I said, "Eat Healthier". I need wiggle room, and I need to make it a healthier lifestyle choice, and not a diet. Because, when you are on a "diet" it doesn't stick!

After doing some research with my good friend, Google - I found out that the #1 way to stick to your New Year's Resolution is to be held accountable. One of the first things that I did to keep myself accountable was to make a Fitness & Exercise Binder. It is really easy to do & you can make one too!

Materials Needed For Your Fitness Binder:

  • Binder
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Dividers (optional)
  • Magazines and/or internet printables
  • scissors

Grab your binder of choice. Samsill® makes antimicrobial binders that have a special additive which prevents the growth of bacteria. Personally, these are my favorite binders!

You will definitely want to have some Samsill Non-Glare Sheet Protectors . You can slip your printable planners into a sheet protector, then use a dry erase marker to write directly on it, then easily wipe off and reuse.

You can also slip your magazine or internet articles into a sheet protector then add it to your binder. It makes it easy to add stuff to your binder, and the ink from the pages won't transfer!

This is also a great opportunity to clean out your magazine collection. If you have fitness or health magazine's lying around, these will come in handy while putting together your fitness binder. Just flip through your magazine's and decide which articles, and tips that you want to keep in your planner, then just cut them out. Look for recipes, workouts, or anything that your interested in keeping.

This is also a good time to print off any printables that you would like to have in your fitness binder/planner.

There are many printables available online. Go Here for some awesome fitness planning printables.

This awesome website has some great free printables. Go Here for a free weekly dinner planner printable, you can also go here for a free printable food diary.

 After you have all of your printables, and all of your magazine or internet articles, organize them into categories. Here are some examples:

  • Food diary
  • Meal Planning
  • Recipes
  • Fitness Planner
  • Total body workout
  • Upper body workout
  • Cardio
You could get more detailed and have specific target area's such as abs, back, triceps, ect.

Now, label your dividers. I recommend Plastic dividers. Because they won't rip, like the paper one's will! You can always print some divider pages out if you'd prefer.

Now, all that you have left to do is add all of your stuff to your binder. Top it off with a cover page and your fitness binder/planner is ready to go!

Do you have any other idea's or tips for a fitness or exercise planner? What does your fitness binder have in it? Leave a comment below and share!

Check out Pinterest for more great idea's!

Thanks to this post here for the inspiration for this post.

Disclaimer: I was provided with Samsill binders, and sheet protectors. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

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