With the New Year I have decided to make a resolution, and as with many others, mine is related to healthy living. I love trivia, so I looked up just how many people make resolutions related to health and fitness. The numbers are amazing!
According to the 2016 Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41% of Americans make resolutions. Of those, 27% create a health and fitness related resolution. As you probably already know, the number of those who actually reach their goals are small; however, you are 10 times more likely to achieve your goal if you explicitly set one. (Versus acting like you don’t have a goal but still want something.)
That’s a big difference! Needless to say, if you want something, set a goal. While you’re at it, track your progress, too. And what better place to do that than your bullet journal?
Since bullet journaling has helped other areas of my life, such as productivity and meal prepping, I figured I’d add some health spreads. Although I haven’t created any of my own yet, I’m developing some spreads that I’ll share later. In the mean time, here are some ideas to inspire you to add health to your bujo!
Now for the Round Up: Health Spreads
1. Diet Plan Spreads
Sometimes the difficult part of making healthy choices is just remembering what your choices are. I don’t know how many articles I’ve read that had great insights into making nutritious meals and loving them. If I were to write what I learned immediately afterward in a meal spread, like Christina’s below, it would be a lot easier to apply that information.
2. Weight Loss Trackers
Of course, if your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, you will definitely want to track your progress! Seeing how far I’ve come definitely motivates me to go further.
This spread focuses on how much you’ve lost, rather than what weight you’re at. It’s subtle difference, I know, but I think that’s why this particular spread stuck out to me.
Also, if you like to measure yourself, the left side is a super-cute way to incorporate that into your bujo!
This weight loss spread from Productive and Pretty is similar in layout to the first. However, it incorporates an incentive aspect to the spread: reach a milestone and gain a reward. Sounds like a spread I can get behind!
3. Year-Long Fitness Tracker
Notice both of the trackers above had a specific weight goals. In contrast, this year-long fitness tracker from Sublime Reflection instead tracks measurements throughout the year and has a goal of exercising five times a week. I really like this idea, because instead of emphasizing fitness for weight loss only, it emphasizes fitness for overall health.
4. Health Appointments Log
Does time fly by without you realizing it when it comes to health appointments? This happens to me ALL THE TIME.
I have my “When did you last” page, which I log things like oil changes, dog grooming appointments, etc, but I love the idea of having a spread devoted just to health appointments: check ups, dentist appointments, eye exams, and unforeseen visits.
Although I don’t think I’ll ever have a bujo for FOUR YEARS (holy cow!), I do like the idea of having a color code so I could track the rest of my family. (I know my husband won’t keep track!!!)
5. Sleep Tracker
Research linking sleep to productivity, happiness, and overall health is coming out all the time. Although I don’t think I’ll be utilizing a spread like this (I got a FitBit for Christmas!), for anyone without one, I highly recommend it. Tracking my sleep helps me reflect on my sleeping habits, and then I can work towards improving them.
This sleep tracker from @organizedzebra logs the times that you are asleep as well as the lengths of your sleep. You can see the dashed lines are the goals for times and length of sleep. The various colors tell the quality of the sleep.
She has an updated, simplified design that works the same way.
6. Migraine Tracker
This tracker was researched specifically for me, although I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who suffers. I am definitely considering making on for the entire year, and using a color code system of some kind to mark the level of severity.
It would be interesting to log something you believe to be a trigger in the same layout, to see if there is any correlation between the two!
* Not sure who to give credit for this spread. Found it on Pinterest with a dead link to Instagram.
There are several other health and fitness tracker themes you could incorporate into your bujo.
- If you have a specific workout regime, incorporate that.
- If you lift weights or complete reps, track those.
- If you have difficulty staying hydrated, created a water tracker, either in your dailies, weeklies, or its own spread.
- If you take medication and want to log when you take it, make a spread for that.
What do you use in your bujo to help you achieve health and fitness goals? How do you plan to achieve your New Year’s Resolution using bullet journaling?