|Name: Chad Williams
Evernote Ambassador: Fitness
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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You may recognize Chad Williams from the story he shared with us a few months ago. Chad is a personal trainer that started an online coaching business to help clients get in shape and stay motivated. Evernote plays an important role in helping his customers stay accountable and on track. Today, we’re excited to announce that Chad is joining our Ambassador Program as our new Fitness Ambassador. As many of us may have lofty fitness goals in 2012, Chad is sharing his tips for ways to use Evernote to help you get (or get back) into shape. Welcome, Chad!
It’s a new year, which often means time for resolutions for how to make this year different than the last. Unfortunately, many people fall short on accomplishing their resolutions each year. Usually this comes from not being clear in your goals, forgetting what they were, and not tracking your progress to see what’s working and what’s not. As a personal trainer, I’ve seen this happen all too often. Since I started using Evernote, I’ve figured out how I can help my clients stick to their fitness resolutions. I’ve compiled my top 10 tips for using Evernote to get you ahead of the game and finally reach your fitness goals this year.
Top 10 Ways to Stick to Your Fitness Resolutions This Year
- Set your goals: make a checklist
Clearly defining your goals is a big key to your success. We often say something like “lose weight” or maybe even “lose 20 pounds” but what’s missing is when that will happen. Leaving the door open on the goal makes it easy to then say, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Set a completion date for your goal and check off milestones as you complete them. [Learn how to create a checklist in Evernote]
- Create workout logs
Exercise is usually at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions that people make. Be clear with what you plan to do and how often, but then make sure you log workouts to track your progress. By logging your workouts, you’ll have a better understanding of the progress you’re making.
- Maintain your meal plans
Diet is another big New Year’s resolution. Planning ahead is the key to success when it comes to watching what you eat. Use Evernote to plan your meals each week or even each month. When your meals are planned, you can be more organized and more likely to stick to your plan. You can also make a grocery checklist based on upcoming meals. [Learn how to create a checklist in Evernote]
- Create a recipe resource
Make sure you stick to your diet plan by creating a recipe resource. Having access to all of your favorite recipes in one location means that you’ll make smarter eating choices in the new year.
- Keep track of what you’re eating
Now that you’ve planned your meals and have recipes organized, keep a log of what you’re actually eating. Use Evernote Food to capture your chef skills at home or dining out experiences to build a resource of what foods you truly enjoy. Evernote Food can also be a great place for keeping your favourite recipes. [Learn more about Evernote Food]
- Monitor your sleep schedule
When it comes to health, sleep is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of staying well. Do you know how long you sleep each night? Create a simple log of your sleep patterns in Evernote, recording the number of hours you sleep each night. You’ll probably start to see a trend and you’ll also figure out the amount of sleep you need for optimal performance in your day.
- Keep track of measurements
Monthly measurements of inches, weight, body fat percentage and accompanying body photos are an important aspect of tracking your success. If you see improvements, you’ll stay motivated. If you don’t, you’ll be reminded that it’s time to change something in your approach.
- Capture inspiration and ideas from the web
You probably browse the web for workout ideas, recipes, and inspirational quotes or photos. Use the Evernote Web Clipper to instantly capture anything you like into your Evernote account. [Learn more about how to clip content using the Web Clipper]
- Share your results
Sharing your progress with another person is a key element of staying on track. Share your logs or measurement notes with a close friend or family member to keep you accountable to someone who cares about you. Share individual notes via email, or put all of your result-related notes into a Shared Notebook. [Learn about sharing from Evernote]
- Challenge yourself, with a buddy in tow
Monthly or quarterly challenges are another way to keep you pushing forward. Create an exercise challenge and then invite others to participate. You can create a Shared Notebook with the challenge and then have a place for each person to check in daily or weekly. Working with others is a very powerful tool for keeping yourself challenged. [Learn about sharing from Evernote]
How will you use Evernote to achieve your fitness goals this year?
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