I’m going to run a scenario by you; let me know if it sounds familiar.
You set a goal to start eating clean and sticking with your fitness goals. For the first few weeks, you’re all in. You hit the gym consistently. Your nutrition is on point. And you’re even getting enough sleep each night (bonus points!)
But then…life happens.
Suddenly there’s no time for your Sunday meal prep, so your healthy meals fly out the window. Then, your work schedule gets extra crazy, and you’re unable to attend your regular class at the gym.
Slowly…your motivation and willpower disappear.
Can you relate to any of the above? If so, you’re not alone.
How do I know?
Because I’ve been there, too. What’s more, so have most of my clients.
But here’s the good news; I have the secret to help you rediscover that motivation, get back into your groove, and start moving toward your health and fitness goals again.
And that secret is accountability.
Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals With Good Habits and Accountability
As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of habits.
Because when we develop good habits, we no longer have that internal battle of whether or not we’ll follow through on our plans. Instead, that positive behavior is ingrained and it becomes part of our daily routine. Simple as that.
While establishing a good habit is challenging, maintaining that habit takes much less energy.
For example, do you think long and hard about buckling your seat belt when you get in the car? Probably not. And I’m guessing that you don’t remind yourself to brush your teeth before bed each night either.
Because you’ve developed these good habits over time, they now come naturally. What’s more, you waste little mental energy completing the tasks because you don’t have to think about them. They’re simply part of your routine.
Well, guess what. You can approach your health and fitness goals the same way!
Admittedly, turning our healthy behaviors into ingrained habits can feel difficult at first, but that’s where the secret strategy of accountability comes in.
The #1 Way to Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals: Accountability
Whether you’re accountable to yourself, another person, or an entire group of people, there are several different ways that you can create accountability for yourself.
Today I’m excited to share my five favorite approaches to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Give them a try, see which ones work best for you, and start crushing your goals in no time!
Use a Habit Tracker for Accountability
I love using a habit tracker to stick with my good habits. It provides a fun to track my progress, and I experience an encouraging 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.
Make a Public Announcement for Accountability
For some people, a habit tracker is not quite enough accountability. Instead, they need to share their goals with another person so they feel that outer expectation to stick to their plans.
An easy way to create this outer accountability 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, then making a public announcement of your fitness goals could be the secret to your success!
Use a Workout Buddy for Accountability
Finding a workout buddy (or accountability partner) is one of my favorite strategies to maintain my health and fitness goals. Why? Because when someone else is counting on you to show up, it’s harder to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock.
For example, one of my gym friends 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.
Find Group Accountability
Similar to a workout buddy, group accountability is an especially powerful way to stick with your health and fitness goals. When others are counting on you to show up, and you see the incredible progress of others in your group, it’s great motivation to stick with it.
If this sounds like a useful strategy for you, then make sure to join my free accountability group here! It is filled with tips, strategies, and motivation, to keep you moving toward your goals.
Work with an Accountability Coach
Perhaps the most successful way to reach (and even surpass) your health and fitness goals is working one-on-one with a coach. A coach is ready to offer motivation, one-on-one guidance, regular check-ins, and consistent support.
It is their job to help you cheer you on throughout your healthy transformation, and they are fully invested in helping you get there.
Coaches start where you’re at, they assess your goals, and they help you map out the best path to reach that end result.
If coaching sounds like the right option for you, then we need to chat! Click here to discover how coaching can help you boost your fitness levels, lose the excess weight, gain lean muscle, eat healthier, and start living your best life.