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The Coey Communicator

Physical Activity Log Sheet


2009-2010 Daily Physical Activity Weekly Log


         Improve Health with a Daily Physical Activity Attitude


Activity Time

Activities Done

e.g. brisk walking, soccer, yoga…

Signature of “supervising” adult(s)

Sept. 1-6




Sept. 7-13




Sept. 14-20




Sept. 21-27




Sept. 28-Oct.4




Oct. 5-11




Oct. 12-18




Oct. 19-25




Oct. 26-Nov. 1




Nov. 2-8




Nov. 9-15




Nov. 16-22




Nov. 23-29




Nov. 30-Dec. 6




Dec. 7-13




Dec. 14-20




Dec. 21-27




Dec. 28-Jan. 3




Jan. 4-10




Jan. 11-17




Jan. 18-24




Jan. 25-Jan. 31




Feb. 1-7




Feb. 8-14




Feb. 15-21




Feb. 22- 28




Mar. 1-7




Mar. 8-14




Mar. 15-21




Mar. 22-28




Mar. 29-Apr. 4




Apr. 5-11




Apr. 12-18




Apr. 19-25




Apr. 26-May 2




May 3-9




May 10- 16




May 17- 23




May 24-30




May 31-June 6




June 7-13




June 14-20




June 21-27




June 28-July 4




July 5-11




July 12-18




July 19-25




July 26-Aug 1




Aug 2-8




Aug 9-15




Aug 16-22




Aug 23-29







Physical Activity Guidelines: F.I.T.T.

How much is enough?  Am I able to do it? How hard do I have to work?

These are good questions, especially if you’re just starting out on an activity program.

Your current activity level, motivation, and available time will help determine your starting point and ensure that your activity choices fit your lifestyle, work schedule and other commitments.

Begin slowly and err on the side of caution. Do a little bit your first few sessions and see how you feel. If you’re tired or sore, you might want to slow down. If you feel great (energized and no stiff muscles), you can change one of the following components of your program to continue to increase the benefits:


  • FREQUENCY: How many times a week do you participate in activities?
  • INTENSITY: How hard do you work?
  • TIME: How much time do you spend on each activity?
  • TYPE: What kinds of activities are you interested in doing?

Being physically active for a minimum of 30 minutes a day will slightly improve and/or maintain your current health and fitness status.

If you want to increase your health benefits further, promote weight loss and improve your endurance, strength and flexibility, it’s important to be physically active for up to 60 minutes each day.

Physical activity should be performed each day. The number of activity sessions completed each week may be influenced by your motivation, the weather and other factors, such as how you’re feeling.

Keeping a log is a great way to chart your progress. It reminds you how much you were doing when you started and how much you’re able to do now. (see sample weekly activity log in S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting tip sheet)

To enjoy exercise or activity, your level of intensity has to match your fitness level. (Years ago, it was thought that exercise had to be strenuous to be beneficial. Now, newer research shows that many health benefits can be gained from regular, moderate physical activity. )

Increases in intensity should be gradual, so your body can adapt. Ways to monitor your intensity include:

  • Breathing rate: how fast or how hard are you breathing?
  • Talk test: can you carry on a conversation?
  • Body temperature and sweat factor: how warm is your body and how much are you sweating?
  • Rate of perceived exertion: how hard do you feel you’ve worked, on a scale of 1-10? An improvement in your fitness level is indicated by a lower effort rating for the same activity.
  • Working heart rate: Find your pulse at your wrist, count the number of beats per 10 seconds and multiply by 6 to determine your working heart rate in beats per minute.

To determine your level of intensity

Heart Rate Calculator

To determine your intensity as a percentage of maximum heart rate, divide your working heart rate (beats per minute) by your maximum predicted heart rate (220-age). Here are some examples of intensity percentages for different types of physical activity:

  • Low – strolling along (55-64%)
  • Moderate – brisk walking (65-74%)
  • Vigorous – jogging/running (75-90%)

More ways to gauge your intensity:

  • Time to complete a given distance: set a distance and see how long it takes you to complete the route. Covering a set distance in a shorter amount of time indicates an improvement in your fitness level.
  • Distance covered in a given time: determine how long it takes to complete a given distance. Covering a greater distance in the same amount of time indicates an improvement in your fitness level.

You can measure and chart intensity using the following factors:

Rating Factors

Intensity of Effort

           1= Low               2= Moderate           3= Intense

Breathing Rate

Slight increase

Deep and consistent


Talk Test

Carry on a conversation

Talk intermittently
Need to catch your breath

No talking,
Out of breath

Body Temperature


Warmer and
light sweat

Very warm and sweating


Rate of Perceived Effort (scale 1-10)




% Maximum Heart Rate





Determine the amount of time accumulated during one physical activity session and add up each session completed in a given day. Gradually increase the amount of time you’re active during one session. The recommended guidelines suggest increasing your time by a maximum of 10% each week. (i.e. Week 1: 20 minute walk; Week 2: 22 minute walk for a 10% increase – 2 minutes)

Choose activities that you look forward to. That way, you’re more likely to continue.