Whether you are in a workout rut, just getting started or trying to get back on track after the wheels fell off the wagon, accountability is a key player in your workout and weight loss success.
Having someone, or something to be accountable to is going to go a long way in helping you reach your goals and get to where you want to be.
If you’re having a hard time staying on track – or getting on track – check out these 5 ways to stay accountable to your workout.
1. Find a partner
If you have a hard time keeping yourself accountable and on track, find someone else to help you stay accountable.
A workout partner can be great for not only getting you started and out the door to your workout or on your run, but also will help push you harder than you would push yourself.
Having that extra bit of motivation my be just what you need to tackle that race, add on that extra few kilos, or make it to the end of a really difficult run that you are sure isn’t going to happen.
Just make sure when you choose a partner that it is someone who is going to motivate you and keep you on track, and not someone who is likely to have a hard time staying motivated themselves and in the end bring you down rather than make you reach success.
2. Set your alarm for earlier
If you’re the kind of person who ends up falling off track with getting your workout in because you hit snooze one too many times, start setting your alarm for earlier so that you can snooze it for as long as you like.
The optimal solution is to eliminate the snooze and get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off, but to ease yourself into this, set your alarm for earlier.
If you are trying to get better at getting up as soon as your alarm goes off, put it in a different place in your room – not right beside your bed – so that it makes you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Once you’re up, what’s the point in getting back in.
3. Set a deadline
Don’t just tell yourself that you need to start working out every day because it’s good for you, or to be healthier, or to lose weight.
Commit to working out every day to lose 10 pounds in three months, and have a set date for it to happen.
The urgency and date deadline means that the days you are tempted to skip is one more day that you are behind on reaching your goal.
Have too many skipped days and you won’t reach the success you are after and lose the weight you were hoping.
4. Make it a visible goal
Sure, for some people, the accountability comes from their weight loss goal, and having the numbers go down on the scale.
But for many people, this is a slow game and takes quite some time to see success.
Instead of having a goal weight, have a goal like fitting into a certain piece of clothing, or being able to lift a certain weight.
Adding this other dimension to it will make it a more tangible and visible goal that makes you more likely to stick with it because you can see the outcome of your success.
5. Do what you love
There’s nothing to make you less inclined to work out, or more inclined to skip a workout than forcing yourself to do a workout that you don’t like or choosing a fitness method that you don’t enjoy.
Just because your friend runs doesn’t mean you have to run, and just because crossfit is all the rage right now doesn’t mean it is going to be all the rage for you.
Try them out for sure, but if it doesn’t work, and it seems more of a task than something you enjoy and want to do, then find something else.
If you enjoy it, you will stick with it and see success faster and it will be longer lasting!