In the early days of your health and fitness journey, sticking to the plan is relatively easy. You’re fired up about making positive changes. You’ve bought a gym membership, purchased meal prep containers, and have some pretty cool workout gear.
Fast forward a few weeks (or days for some of us) and motivation is suddenly harder to come by. You can no longer understand why you thought waking up for a 6am spin class was a good idea. You’d much rather stay burrowed in the covers a little while longer. On these days, you can’t depend on willpower alone. You need some outside forces to help you stay accountable and continue rocking out your health and fitness goals.
Here are some of the top ways you can keep yourself accountable…
Hire a personal trainer.
Working with a professional trainer is a great way to get a individualized workout plan that aligns with your goals and caters to your specific needs. It’s also a wonderful way to stick to your plan. A personal trainer works with your schedule, so you don’t have to make up an excuse as to why you can’t work out. Besides, you’re much less likely to flake when you’ve already paid the money.
Join a fitness community.
From MyFitnessPal to local gym crews, a community offers built-in support and accountability. You’ll have people to talk you down when you’re thinking of cheating your diet, and you’ll have people to pump you up through that last sequence of burpees.
Family and friends count as your “community,” too. Working out with others, in general, helps the time pass more quickly and helps you look forward to exercising.
Download an app.
One source of accountability is probably sitting in your back pocket. That’s right, your smartphone’s app store has a wide variety of applications that can help you stick to your workout. From those that donate money to charity for every workout you complete to those that share the details of your exercise regimen to your Facebook friends (and everything in between), browse the list of apps to see which one provides the accountability you need.
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