Why is accountability important when it comes to exercise? Because when you’re accountable, you’re motivated. When you’re motivated, you’re more likely to achieve your fitness goals. Yet if it was easy, we’d all be doing it. Let’s discover some tips on how to promote workout accountability to keep our health and wellness goals moving forward.
We all need help sometimes sticking to our workouts, and accountability does just that. Accountability means establishing guidelines, and even consequences that would encourage you to never miss another workout. Of course, many people will recommend finding a “workout buddy” or scheduling a workout group session in advance, but what if you like to work out alone?
Below are some workout accountability tips that will help get you started.
Share Your Goals
It’s true — when you tell a friend, loved one, or even social media, you are more likely to complete your goals. You’ll be amazed at what will happen. Friends will wish you luck, send you motivational mantras, etc. The people around you will want to see you succeed, so let them!
The Money Angle
Here’s an idea: Try handing cash out to a friend, and have them give it back to you in pieces as you complete your health goals. When money is involved it’s a great way to keep you on task. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of loaning money, try housework, babysitting, or even movie tickets. Try to find things that will keep you motivated!
Take Selfies Every Week
I know, I know. Who wants to look at themselves without their shirt on? However, scales can be deceiving. Pictures can say a thousand motivational words. MyFitnessPal offers some great tips on how to do the before-and-after shots to help keep you motivated every week.
Sleep in Your Workout Clothes
This tip really helps me stay accountable! If you work out in the morning and have trouble rolling out of bed, try sleeping in your workout clothes. That way you will be fresh and ready to head straight for the gym without any annoying obstacles to get in your way.
Track Your Workouts
Using an app to track your workouts is a great way to practice workout mindfulness, and also to track your progress throughout the weeks. Check out our 9 Best Fitness Apps to get some great ideas rolling.
One More Thing
Did any of these ideas help you with workout accountability? Was there something I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul Newsletter to receive more great blog posts straight to your inbox each Friday.