The New Year has begun and I’m sure everyone is hard at work trying to achieve those goals and resolutions. One way you can ensure sticking to it is by setting an accountability plan. Most people will do better in achieving their goals if they need to be accountable in some way. Here are several methods that can help you stay accountable:
1) Hire a Professional
Hiring professionals such as Personal Trainers, Nutritionists and Health Coaches can help you stay accountable. Their job involves helping people stay on track and reach their goals in fitness and/or nutrition through exercise and healthy eating habits. They have knowledge in the field to educate you. More importantly, you will check in with sessions and appointments, and they will help you devise a plan that you can stick to.
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2) Find a Buddy
You don’t always need a professional to help if you have a clear plan and know what you need to do. You may just need someone to check in with or join the plan with you. Find that person who is willing to be your buddy, share information and who is willing to push you to stay on your path. This person can be a family member, friend, co-worker, or anyone who can be that person for you and you for them. Set plans and healthy dates together to share what you learn, meal prep, experiment with recipes and try different workout options. Check in daily with each other. You can learn a lot together and from each other.
3) Join a Group
There are many social groups both virtually and live that can help you stay accountable. Find a group either on social media or in person that shares your fitness goals. These groups should be motivating, informative, educational, and in some way keep you accountable. If you cannot find a group, start one of your own either online or in your community. Sometimes being the leader of a group is a great way to stay motivated and accountable.
Look for fitness, nutrition, and health groups that actively meet and/or post on a consistent basis. If you create a group yourself, share healthy posts or information you have learned, recipes, workouts, etc. on a regular basis. You can even create events such as meeting up at classes at the gym, hiking, or going to a healthy restaurant. Encourage others in your group to share and participate as well.
4) Join a Program
Find a program that includes accountability. These types of programs should include daily or weekly check-ins with a professional or a group. They should include fitness, nutrition or both, and include a clear plan with rules and guidelines to follow. It can be a virtual program online or live in your community.
5) Fitness Devices and/or Apps
In this day and age, technology offers some great devices and apps that can help you track movement and/or nutrition.
Here are a few of my recommendations:
Fitbits, Apple watches or other physical tracking devices are a great way to keep you aware and accountable throughout the day and week. I use the Fitbit and I can see on the app exactly how many steps and calories I burn each day. I set daily and weekly goals and strive to reach them.
MyFitnessPal, a daily nutrition app, is one I highly recommend. This app is great for seeing exactly how many calories you consume each day. It breaks down nutrition and macros so you can really see exactly what you are lacking or over-consuming so that you can make adjustments. The app has its own community section where you can learn and connect with other people using the app.
Whether you utilize one or several of these accountability methods, they can help you successfully reach your goals and resolutions this year.
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