HOW TO STAY ACCOUNTABLE
For most of us, fitness falls to the bottom of our to do list. We spend so much time prioritizing everything else in life, and for some reason, leave our health last. Holding yourself accountable to your workouts is one of the hardest things to do. I still falter from time to time and can let myself down when I don’t have someone to hold me accountable. Accountability is a must and is the third topic of this four-part blog series.
Throughout the past 5 months, and more so in the last month, I feel like I have finally found my fitness groove. I started attending a new gym that I love, have my go to work out buddy who lives in my area and goes to my gym, and best of all, finally want to work out rather than feel like I have to work out. How did I get here? By finding my accountability. Here are a few of my tips and tricks to holding yourself accountable.
If you don’t plan you only plan to fail – Plan your week and your workouts! I cannot stress this point enough. I schedule my workouts in my work calendar just like I would an appointment or meeting and I work around it. It is okay to move things around and adjust as the week goes, but make sure you aren't completely bumping your workouts!
Put yourself first - One of the biggest changes I made was putting myself first. I stopped accommodating my life to everyone else’s and started saying no. It doesn’t come without sacrifice, but it is totally worth it. If someone really wants to see you, or meet with you, they can find the time that works with YOUR schedule not just theirs. I can honestly say I finally feel like I am living my life for me and it is one of the most powerful feelings you can give yourself.
Don’t force something you don’t like – Committing to a workout or a gym that you hate will only cause you to lose accountability. There are so many boutique studios out there now and almost all of them offer a free trial. Go exploring and find the gym you vibe with the most. Find a workout that gets you excited and hold on to it. If you don't like what you're doing you wont go. It's as simple as that.
Get a Trainer – I have mixed feelings about signing up with a trainer only because I’ve heard so many people (and experienced it myself in the past) who have had terrible experiences, spent a ton of money and feel like they got nothing out of it. BUT if you have the funds, find the right trainer who knows what they are doing (shout out to Cassie Day of All Day Fit), I say go for it. This is a great way to learn the proper form and movements while keeping yourself accountable.
Use WHISTLE App – WHISTLE is a social fitness app that helps you find people in your area looking for a workout partner. Through a selection of personal filters, you build a profile and match with other people who have similar fitness interests. It is very similar to Tinder, without the dating aspect. This is a great alternative to paying for a personal trainer and allows you to search for people based on your area. You can learn more about WHISTLE here.
Accountability keeps you consistent and consistency gets you results. Once you see results you’ll be hooked. My advice, suck it up in the beginning when it feels impossible, and one day, you won’t have to suck it in.