Fitness goals. We all have them and sometimes we work on them and well, sometimes we don’t.
Have you ever wondered why that is? You have these great intentions that this time is going to be different. You set up your goals, you write them down, and the first couple of days are great and you’re kicking butt… then what happens?
Let me tell you what happens – Life.
One day you come home and you’re tired after a long busy day and you decide that one day off isn’t going to hurt. The next day something else comes up and you think you have it scheduled in your calendar for the next day so you will leave it until then. Before you know it, a week has past.
So let’s rewrite that story… you decide that you’re going to make changes, starting with your health and fitness goals, GREAT! Let’s start with getting some accountability to keep you on track. Having a plan and someone to answer to will set you up for success right from the start.
10 Ways to Incorporate Accountability
- Start with your intention. What is it you want to accomplish? Write it down, better yet tell someone.
- Create a plan. So you set your intentions, now it’s time to create a plan. List you’ve done in the past. Review what worked and what didn’t and see if you can anticipate some hurdles and create a plan to work around those.
- Ask for help if you need it. There is a number of places that you can go to get your questions answered if you need help creating your plan. Getting some clarity will go a long way in helping you achieving your goals. I offer complimentary Fitness Breakthrough session. Click on the link to schedule a time to chat with me and I will do my best to help you create your plan.
- Put it on the calendar. We make time for the things that are important to us. If you take the time to schedule your activities on your calendar that is telling yourself that that is a priority. Now, just keep that appointment. 🙂
- Keep a journal. Writing down what you’ve done will help you when it comes to evaluating your progress and deciding whether or not what you’re doing is working.
- Track your results. Knowing your starting point will give you a clear idea where to begin and what to do next. Looking at the things that you choose to track as data will let you know how to push just a little bit more; whether that be one more set, three more reps, one more workout, or 10 more minutes.
- Having a workout buddy. It’s really easy when you’re tired to skip a workout but if you’ve told somebody that you’re going to do it it’s a whole lot harder to back out of it. No one wants to be the one to give up.
- Join a support group. There are so many groups with social media now that can give you the support you need when you have questions or when things get tough. Having a community of like-minded people gives you the peace of mind that there are others just like you. I have a private Facebook group called Simply Fit with Lisa Austin. Joining only takes a moment.
- Begin a program. Making a decision to join a program is making a commitment to yourself. A good program will incorporate exercise plans, nutrition guidelines and offer support and accountability. It will take the guesswork out of the equation, all you need to do is just show up and complete the work. I have a great 12 week beginner program called Strong & Beautiful. It has exercise plans that can be done anywhere and you learn what foods to eat for maximum exergy and fat loss. I give you tools, not rules to guide your health and fitness goals and you are supported during the 12 weeks as you develop those skills by a private Facebook support group. Click on the link to learn more.
- Hire a trainer. Personal trainers have the knowledge to be able to review what you are currently doing and create a plan to get you to wear you want to go. They will also make sure that you are performing the exercises with proper form so you will be minimizing any chance of injury, motivate you to give ‘just a little bit more’ during your workouts and while keeping the maintaining a safe intensity.
Learning how to make changes to your daily routine takes time, patience, perseverance and most importantly, practice. Most people have an idea what they need to do but trying to make those changes fit into your daily routine is not so easy without being accountable to someone when things get tough. If this isn’t your first rodeo, create plan and decide the best way to incorporate accountability into your health and fitness goals right from the start.
Do you need help getting started? Three times a year I offer a 12 week program – Strong & Beautiful – that gives you a combination of group and 1:1 support along with a carefully planned curriculum to help you move better and start living healthier.