It’s a new year and this means new resolutions and goals. Last week we covered setting your fitness goals which means you are probably excited and ready for action. But, beware! We all are familiar with those excuses that arise after a couple weeks that bring your goals AND PROGRESS to a screeching halt.
Even setting goals using the SMART technique are subject to life’s circumstances and stresses. When motivation fades, one of the best ways to renew fitness motivation is through accountability.
There are many ways to use accountability to keep your fitness goals.
206Fittness.com gives some great ways you can keep yourself accountable.
1. Track your progress with measurements and photos. Measuring main points on your body and taking full length photos of your front, side and back on a bi-monthly basis will keep you motivated as you are able to see the small changes taking place.
2. Keep a journal. Use a paperback journal or one of the many free apps available for your smart phone (our favorite is My Fitness Pal) to keep track of your daily activity and food intake.
(It’s easy to discount the occasional cookie, donut etc. at the office or out with a friend from your diet. While having a cheat day is a good idea small breaks in tracking your food intake can be the reason that you aren’t seeing the results you are hoping for.)
Tracking your activity and calorie intake also is beneficial in helping you see areas for health and fitness improvement.
3. Find a fitness buddy. Studies have shown that having someone that shares a similar fitness level and has similar goals will help keep you motivated and accountable to your fitness goals.
4. Make your goals public. By making goals public, you will have people start asking you about your goals progress.
5. Celebrate with Rewards. Set small goals as well as large milestones and assign a reward for each. Things such as a new workout outfit, massage, or cash are great reward options. (Don’t be hard on yourself. If you complete your milestone, CELEBRATE! Don’t down play your success, just because you didn’t beat your goal by as much as you wanted.)
Remember, we are all strong in some areas and weak in others. It’s important to implement ALL five of these steps in tracking your daily food intake. This will ensure your success.
How have you used accountability to keep your fitness goals? Share by leaving a comment.
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