Yesterday was officially the first real day of the New Year.
Sure we’ve technically already had 5 other days, but given that our holidays fell in the middle of the week this year most of us were probably still on Holiday until Jan 6th.
So here’s a question for you.
Did you work out?
Did you start that new healthy meal plan?
Are you waiting until tomorrow or next week once you get back into you routine?
If you answered yes to the first 2 questions, GOOD FOR YOU! Nice work?
How long will it last?
I say that, not to doubt you or be pessimistic. I’m being realistic.
Most of our lives are very busy. Every day we are pulled in a million directions.
Some obligations physically keep us from keeping up with our most genuine fitness goals, while often they just provide convenient excuses as to why we fall short.
So eliminate the excuses this year.
Hold yourself accountable!
Accountability can come in many forms.
My fitness goal this year is to be able to do Handstand Scorpion. In order to this, I’ll have to work each day on my strength, back flexibility, and balance.
One of the ways I plan to stay accountable to this goal is to post a picture a day to instagram. You are my accountability!
What will be your fitness accountability?
Here are a couple options:
Get a Workout Buddy
The easiest way to hold yourself accountable is to find yourself a workout buddy.
I’m not talking about asking your best friend to workout with you. That could work–if your friend LOVES to workout, but if they are going to convince you to go grab a beer instead of hitting the gym, your best friend is not your workout buddy.
A workout buddy should be of the same fitness level. If one person is always holding the other back, the relationship will fail. A personal of similar physical abilities will push you to preform your best, but will also allow you to have success so you don’t feel defeated at the end of your workout.
Make a Calendar Plan
If your workout time is your time to yourself than a good way to keep yourself on track is to use the calendar system.
I’m a big fan of writing down the workouts I need to meet my goals on a calendar and posting it to the fridge, at my desk at work, or on the mirror in your bathroom. The goal is to post it somewhere you will see it everyday and make sure to cross off each day as you do the work or stick to the plan.
If you feel comfortable writing your own workout plan, GO FOR IT! Just make sure you stick to it.
There are also plenty of online resources out there to get you started.
Hybrid Athlete is also a great resource for training programs.
Hire A Professional
If you a complete newbie to this whole fitness world or just want someone committed to helping you reach your goals, think about hiring a professional.
They will teach you what you need to do so you don’t hurt yourself as you get started as well as provide personal one-on-one attention and accountability.
If you belong to a gym look into meeting with a trainer once a month to lay out a plan. If you have someone you need to report to once a month, it’s more likely you’ll stick to your goal. Better yet if you can afford it, meet once a week so that you keep yourself on track at more frequent intervals.
If you don’t belong to a gym find an option online. Skype with me online and we can develop a plan for you. Meeting online can often be more convenient because you don’t have to go anywhere. We can develop a plan that will work for you in your home!
Regardless of how you do it, accountability is a must to hit your fitness goals this year!
What’s your preferred Method of Fitness Accountability?
Share below to help keep other readers accountable for their health!