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Accountability To Help You Reach Your Goals

The one thing that can help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Do you know the ONE thing that can help you reach your health and fitness goals? It may not be what you think. Accountability is a tool to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Accountability is key to improving your health and wellness and to living your best life. Click through to download the free goals tracker and set yourself up for #success! #wellness #selfcare #healthyliving #goals #motivation #quotes #zigziglarquotes

“Accountability” is when you take responsibility for your actions. When you “own” them.

And it’s key to improving your health and wellness.

Have you ever bought a book or program with the absolute best intentions of following it to a “T?” Have you ever not followed it completely? Life gets in the way. We get too tired or busy and let a day or two slide. Then, sometimes, we completely fall off the bandwagon.

This happens to the best of us – Yes, even to me! You can have all the right information, but the implementation is the hard part.

Accountability is more of the “doing” than the “knowing.” It’s when you already know what you should be doing; but, doing it doesn’t always happen. And accountability, when you know someone is measuring or checking your actions, makes you more likely to do them.

Do you know the ONE thing that can help you reach your health and fitness goals? It may not be what you think. Accountability is a tool to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Accountability is key to improving your health and wellness and to living your best life. Click through to download the free goals tracker and set yourself up for #success! #wellness #selfcare #healthyliving #goals #motivation #quotes #zigziglarquotes

What are some options for accountability?

  1. Start an activity journal – Just writing down the amount of exercise you do each day can increase your accountability. You can use a calendar or a blank notebook. For each day record:
  • Time/duration;
  • Which exercise is done;
  • Distance or repetitions;
  • Intensity (easy/moderate/vigorous);
  • Notes or comments (what improvements you can make for next time); and,
  • How you feel afterwards – Use this last item to motivate yourself to capture that feeling again.

Bonus points for logging what and how much you eat every day. That will help keep you accountable on the nutrition side too.

  1. Use a fitness tracker – Would you believe that a Harvard study of fitness habits in postmenopausal women showed that a fitness tracker increased the amount of exercise they did? Two groups of women were advised to walk 10,000 steps each day and get 150 minutes of moderate/vigorous physical activity each week. One group was given a pedometer. The other was given a pedometer plus a fitness tracker. Guess how much more activity the fitness tracker group increased each week? Thirty eight minutes! Yes, just having a fitness tracker increased activity, while the pedometer-only group had no change.

The conclusion? Having the tracker increased their accountability, measurement of the activities, and motivation to do them.

I like using a Fitbit, but there are now a ton of options out there, so find one that fits your needs and budget.

  1. Get an “accountability buddy” – Find a workout buddy. Someone who you can go for walks or to the gym with. If not, ask someone you trust to follow up with you every few days on your tracked activities. Make sure they know your “why” and can remind you of it when you need it. Have them spend a few minutes reviewing your journal/tracker and give you some “tough love” from time to time.
  2. Make a plan that sustainable and fits your lifestyle – Avoid plans that are nearly impossible to follow long term. Think in terms of lifestyle changes.
  3. Hire a health coach (like me). I love supporting people who are on a path to better health and finding the way to do so with busy lives.

Do you know the ONE thing that can help you reach your health and fitness goals? It may not be what you think. Accountability is a tool to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Accountability is key to improving your health and wellness and to living your best life. Click through to download the free goals tracker and set yourself up for #success! #wellness #selfcare #healthyliving #goals #motivation #quotes #zigziglarquotes

WHERE TO START

You don’t need to exercise like crazy to improve your health and lose weight. You just need to do it regularly. Here are my recommended steps:

  • Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
  • Start from where you are and do a bit more every day.
  • Always remember your “why.”
  • If you need accountability, decide whether you’d prefer an activity journal or a fitness tracker. And use it daily. Track your exercise and what you eat and drink too.
  • If you need an accountability buddy, ask a trusted friend or family member; or contact me (your health coach) and we can have a free strategy session to see how I can support your health goals.

More tools and resources to download to help you reach your health and wellness goals:

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24 Comments

  1. These are great tips! My favorite tips are the activity journal and accountability buddy!

  2. Really loving the guide on accountability. I am the goal of improving my stamina this year and so far it has not gone well. I definitely need to keep a journal and write the things I need to work on!

  3. Hi Jill. Thanks for the great post.
    I really like your option number 4. “Make a plan that sustainable and fits your lifestyle – Avoid plans that are nearly impossible to follow long term. Think in terms of lifestyle changes.” I have lived this way for the last 3+ years. I suppose there will always be an endless number of fad diets, or just diets in general. But, for me, I want one that I can maintain no matter what country I am in, and it must be affordable. Some diets may be very healthy, but very expensive to maintain, so I avoid those. And as for “accountability buddies”, I don’t think I would use one for health or exercise now since I think I am in decent shape. But, I think an accountability buddy would be great to help keep me on course with my other goals.

  4. I really like your idea of keeping a fitness journal. I’ve been thinking about buying a fitness tracker too.

  5. Loving the encouragement and advice in this post to help us achieve our goals! I’ve been thinking about a fitbit for a while~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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  6. Having an accountability partner is the best way for me, not just for fitness but in all aspects of life. I have this real fear of letting people down – so if I always feel like I need to do something so as not to let them down – I’ll do it and do it well!

  7. Accountability is where I fall short. I always think I can handle things myself because I’m such a loner! I need a buddy.

  8. This is some great info to really get me started on my fitness journey. I appreciate the information

  9. These are all great tips! I follow gretchen rubin and her four tendencies for motivation. I am a questioner and your advise helped me to understand the why on having an accountability partner. Since having my neighbor as one it is much easier to get out and move! Excellent links by the way!

  10. Having an accountability buddy makes all the difference. It can become so easy to push things aside or just lose track of your timeline. At the end of the day, I hope we’re all striving to the be the best versions of us.

  11. While you’re in pregnant, it’s the honor when you can live together with your little baby. Some advices to you for relax at home and doing nothing to prevent any bad effects. But is it exactly good for both you and you baby?

  12. Getting a buddy definitely helps with your drive to move towards your goal. I think accountability is important, it plays a huge role in getting things done and in keeping you in the right path.

  13. This is such an important post! We need to see that our actions – or inactions – have consequences. If we all had more accountability for our accounts, the world would be a way better place.

  14. I love having my apple watch to track fitness. And keeping a journal has helped in all aspects, figuring out where all the time goes in a day.

  15. I think having an accountability partner is one of the best ways to achieve your goals. Keeping an activity journal is a great way to keep yourself accountable if you don’t have a partner available.

  16. Getting a fitness tracker has definitely made a positive impact for me and I can’t agree enough with # 4. These are all great tips. I have never thought about having an activity journal before. I can see where that would be very beneficial.

  17. Keeping a journal and having a plan is super helpful. I can’t imagine trying to accomplish goals without either.

  18. I would love to have a buddy to help me towards my goals. One day I will for now I’ll track and keep energized. Beginning today is better than tomorrow.

  19. I love accountability! It is part of why I post my goals on my blog for everyone to see them!

  20. I’ve always heard that you have to have somebody to account to. Helps keep one focused 🙂

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