Accountability is one of the most helpful ways to reach a goal. It really helps when you are trying to lose weight and get into shape. There are so many different ways to be accountable for reaching your fitness goals. When you know that you have to answer to someone, a part of you doesn’t want to let that person down because it would be more embarrassing to be known as a flake or unreliable. Below are some ideas for staying accountable for getting into shape:
1. Tell someone who means a lot to you – You could share your fitness goals with someone whose opinion means a lot to you. This could be your parents, a role model you know, or a good friend. Make it clear to them what you want to accomplish and how you are going to do it. Follow up with them daily, once a week, or once a month so that you stay on track because you know they will be wanting to hear about your progress.
2. Start a blog – This is the easiest way to stay accountable and holds a lot of benefits. One big benefit is that a lot more people will end up reading your blog. You will also get support from others who are doing the same thing. There is also something therapeutic about keeping a journal on your fitness progress. On the days where you feel really down, it helps to get it out in the open. Others may know exactly what you’re going through.
3. Twitter your progress – If you’re not into writing long blog posts, Twitter is a great option for chatting with other fitness-minded people. Tweets are really short and you can update as often as you want. Tweet about what exercises you plan to do for the day or healthy meals you plan on making. Search keywords like “fitness, exercise, health” etc., and follow people that are trying to improve their health as well.
4. Facebook – Reaching out to your Facebook friends is another great way to stay accountable. Your friends will more than likely motivate you and push you to keep it up. You may even motivate others who are wanting to get in shape but are in a slump.
5. Join a club – There are a lot of fitness clubs to join both online and offline. Find one that interests you and stay very active by participating. If you are a P90X® or Insanity™ user, sign up to the for free. There are a lot of great forums, tools, and a great workout calendar you can use to track progress.
6. Tell your co-workers – Letting people at your work know that you are wanting to get into shape may help because you see your co-workers every day. They are probably the individuals most likely to check up on you and ask how you’re doing with your goals.
However you choose to be accountable, be sure it is something that will force you to give updates on your progress. Do you use any type of accountability to keep up with your fitness?