Do you find yourself setting personal fitness or nutrition goals only to be waylaid by, well, life? Working late, the kids’ activities, a birthday party, your tired, all of these everyday life things seem to really get in the way of our goals. This happens to so many of us so it’s reasonable to think that it’s just not possible. This is so far from the truth. Your goal setting must include accountability.
Know your ‘why’. Why do you want to run three days a week? Is it because you want a healthy heart, you want to lose a few pounds, you need ‘me time’, or you want to run a 5k? If your ‘why’ is not compelling enough you will not make it a priority. But if you believe in your ‘why’ it alone will hold you accountable.
Put it on your schedule. You want to eat a nutritious dinner four nights a week – schedule it. Planning your meals and writing them on your calendar commits you to the goal. A good meal plan and grocery list will hold you accountable to providing a healthy meal for you and your family – no one wants to delete the calendar event and let good food go to waste.
Find an accountability buddy. This could be your spouse, neighbor, friend or even your dog! Yes, even your dog…you are responsible for the total health of your family pet, food, health and exercise, and we all know how persistent our dogs can be when it comes to going for a walk - it’s nearly impossible to let Fido down!
Having someone in your corner is so important. They can help to remind you to get up and exercise, provide the encouragement you need and even do the exercising with you. Once an exercise date is made with someone it’s a reminder that you’ve set this exercise goal – and you don’t want to let your buddy down. And, a little competition never hurt anyone.
Need an expert as your accountability partner? Both goal setting and accountability can be achieved with your personal trainer. Talk to your trainer about your next fitness and/or nutrition goals and be sure your trainer will keep you on the right track towards your goals.
At One On One Fitness Natatia will be happy to help you figure out your ‘why’, create a doable schedule for you, and be your main accountability partner. Find out more about the different Programs offered at One On One Fitness.
I'm Natatia Gemmell.