I was never athletic growing up. So when I first started exercising in college, I found it hard to stay motivated and keep to a schedule. After graduation, I realised that workout classes were the best option for me—sweating it out with an instructor meant I couldn’t slack off or just stop when I got bored. I went through intense phases of doing just one type of workout for a few months, then dropping it completely. There was the vinyasa yoga phase, the indoor cycling phase, the aerial barre phase—nothing really stuck.
At the end of 2015, I joined a high-end gym with tons of class options. My hope was that the high membership cost would motivate me to work out more regularly and try different types of classes. A friend who also belongs to that gym offhandedly mentioned that she kept a log of all her workouts, which helped her stay on track. And thus, my life-changing workout spreadsheet was born.
I’m pretty Type A, so even the act of logging each workout itself feels amazing. And looking back on it helps me feel accomplished. In 2016, I made it to 256 classes, which is almost five a week. For 2017, I’ve logged 67 workouts so far, and I'm still going strong.
When I was younger, I never thought I’d be an active person. Even five years ago, it was totally unthinkable to me that I’d enjoy a Tabata workout or a CrossFit-inspired strength-training class. But thanks to keeping this spreadsheet—which takes under 30 seconds to update each time—I am feeling fitter than ever.
This article originally appeared on Womenshealthmag.com.