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Session 10: Group Share Begin the discussion by allowing participants to freely ask questions about this or previous sessions during the group discussion. Tracking your progress on any effort is important, and in particular when there are specific goals you are working toward! Keeping a journal can be eye-opening (e.g., you may not realize how much or how little you are doing—both from an exercise perspective and an eating perspective), seeing steps add up can be very motivating, and understanding what you are really accomplishing can help you set realistic goals (e.g., if you usually swim 30 minutes, aim for 40 in the next month).

Manual Tracking Are you a fan of an old-fashioned notebook? Or do you feel hopeless when it comes to using technology? No need to fret! You can manually track your exercise progress, food intake, and any other thoughts you have in your own journal or in a specially made journal for workout tracking. Some common pen and paper tracking tools include: ► A very small notebook that can easily fit in your purse or pocket. These small notebooks are perfect for easily tracking your activities in a portable notebook. At the end of the day, you can also transfer that information into a larger journal that you keep on your desk or night stand at home. ► A notebook that is tailored for workout tracking. Most bookstores nowadays have journal sections. Especially towards the end of and beginning of each year (i.e., New Year’s Resolution time), you can find some of these journals more easily. They might have a space for the date, your exercise for the day, and food tracking. ► A weekly calendar planner. Some of these planners break down each day by the hour. This is a great way to keep track of when you exercised, what you did, and what you had for different meals if you feel like tracking food. Another thing you can do is write down how you feel at certain times of the day. Are you especially hungry at 2 p.m. each day? Maybe that’s a sign that your lunch didn’t have enough protein or fiber! In an age with smart phones, apps, and every possible webpage you could ever think of, sometimes using a manual tracker is still just as convenient. In addition to the paper SHE program tracking documents, the participant binder includes several examples published by the National Institute on Aging that you can use to track your progress.

Online Tools The internet is a great source of information, and numerous websites offer advice, tracking tools, and online communities for individuals trying to become healthier. But the internet can be

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SHE (Strong. Healthy. Energized.) Facilitator's Guide  

The SHE Facilitator Guide provides information on the Strong, Healthy, Energized (SHE), a facilitator-led, group-based health and fitness pr...

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