Raise your hand if this sounds familiar. You make a commitment to eat clean and stick with your fitness goals, and for the first few weeks, you’re all in. You hit the gym daily. Your nutrition is squeaky clean. And you’re even getting enough sleep each night.
But then…life happens. There’s no time to meal prep on Sunday, so your healthy meals fly out the window. Your work schedule is crazy, and you can’t get to your regular gym class. And slowly…your motivation and willpower dwindle.
Can you relate? If so, you’re not alone.
But here’s the good news; I have the secret to rediscovering that motivation, getting back into the groove, and moving closer toward your health and fitness goals.
And that secret is accountability.
Habits, Accountability, and Reaching your Health and Fitness Goals
I am a big fan of habits. When we develop good habits, we no longer have that internal battle of whether or not we’ll do something. Instead, the behavior is ingrained and we simply do it as part of our daily routine.
No questions asked.
For example, you don’t have to think about buckling up when you get in the car, right? And you probably don’t remind yourself to brush your teeth before bed either. You have developed these good habits over time, and now they come naturally.
What’s more, you waste much less mental energy when you do these tasks because you don’t have to think about them. They’re simply part of your routine.
Well, here’s the good news. You can do the same for your health and fitness goals, too!
Unfortunately, turning our healthy behaviors into ingrained habits can be challenging for many of us, and that’s where the strategy of accountability comes in.
How to Get Results For Your Health And Fitness Goals
Whether you’re accountable to yourself, another person, or an entire group of people, there are many different ways to create accountability. Today I’m sharing five different approaches to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Give them a try, see which ones work best for you, and start reaching your goals in no time.
Habit Tracker: Health and Fitness Goals
One of my favorite strategies to stick with good habits is using a habit tracker. It is fun to track my progress, and I experience a feeling of accomplishment when I check off those boxes each day.
Gretchen Rubin calls this the “don’t break the chain” approach; when you’ve created an impressive streak of consistency, it gets harder and harder to break the chain.
By using a habit tracker for your fitness goals, you are accountable to yourself and the tracker. You can track both your consistency and your progress, both of which are very rewarding.
Announcement: Health and Fitness Goals
Some people have a difficult time maintaining accountability with themselves. In this situation, an effective solution is to share your goal with others. When friends and loved ones know you’re working toward health or fitness goals, you feel that outer expectation to stick with your plans.
An easy way to create this outer expectation is to share your fitness goals with a friend or partner. Alternatively, you could talk about your goals with your colleagues at work. Some people even take to Facebook to announce their goals and resolutions, which holds them accountable to their entire social network.
If outer accountability works for you, making an announcement of your fitness goals might be just the trick you need for success!
Workout Buddy: Health and Fitness Goals
Finding a workout buddy (or accountability partner) is one of my favorite ways to stick with health and fitness goals. When you know someone else is counting on you to show up, it’s much more difficult to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock.
For example, one of my friends at the gym always gets to class before me. She started setting up my equipment in the morning, which turned into an incredible accountability strategy. If I ever feel like turning off my alarm and going back to sleep in the morning, I remember that my friend has gone through the trouble of setting up my equipment for me. This is always enough to pull me out of bed and get moving.
Who could you choose to be your workout buddy?
Do you use accountability in your life? What are your favorite strategies to stick with your health and fitness goals? Share your tips below!