Welcome to the world of fitness, where the only thing harder than working out is staying accountable.
That's right, it's not just about getting your reps in or sticking to your training plan, it's also about making sure you're actually doing those things consistently. That's where accountability buddies, coaches, and groups come in. They're like the extra push you need to make sure you're not slacking off, and if you are, they're there to give you a gentle (or not-so-gentle) nudge back on track.
In a running edition of "Choose Your Avatar", let's dive into each of these sparkling and inspiring parts of our running journey:
This is the person who is going to be your partner in crime when it comes to your fitness goals. Ideally, they're someone who is on the same journey as you, with similar goals and challenges. You'll check in with each other regularly to see how you're both progressing and offer support and encouragement when needed. But here's the catch: you have to be honest with each other. If you skipped a workout or two, fess up! It's not about being perfect, it's about being accountable.
This is the person who is going to give you the tough love you need to keep going. They're going to hold you to a higher standard than you would hold yourself, and they're going to push you to your limits (in a good way). A good coach will also help you set realistic goals, create a plan to achieve them, and adjust
that plan as needed. They'll also be there to
answer any questions you have along the way
and provide motivation and inspiration when you
need it most.
This is a group of people who are all working towards the same goal. It could be a group fitness class, a running club, or an online community. The beauty of a group is that you have a built-in support system. You'll be surrounded by people who understand what you're going
through, and who will celebrate your
victories with you. Plus, working out with
others can be a lot more fun than doing it
So, how do you use these accountability tools effectively? Here are a few tips:
Set specific, measurable goals: Whether you're working with an accountability buddy, coach, or group, make sure you have clear goals in mind. Vague goals like "get in shape" or "strength train more" aren't helpful. Instead, set goals like "strength train 3x per week for 3 months" or "run a 5K in under 30 minutes."
Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to staying accountable. Make sure you're checking in with your accountability partner regularly, attending your coaching sessions, or showing up to your group workouts.
Be honest: We touched on this earlier, but it's worth repeating. You can't hold yourself accountable if you're not being honest with yourself or others. If you slip up, own it, and move on.
Celebrate your successes: When you hit a milestone or achieve a goal, celebrate it! Share your success with your accountability buddy, coach, or group. Celebrating your victories will keep you motivated and help you stay on track.
*Stripping it all down to the bare bones we all know----accountability is key when it comes to meeting your fitness goals.*
Looking for something that will help you get kickstarted and combine the best traits of all 3 of the above powerhouses? We have a built-in group with several buddies on the same path as you led by two coaches that understand the ups and downs of long-term fitness goals while bringing everyone into a group full of support, understanding, and a thirst to feel our best!
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At the end of the day, fitness should be fun, so make sure you're enjoying the process. If you're not having fun, it's going to be hard to stick with it. Find activities you enjoy, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh, smile, and embrace that movement is something we GET to do, not something we HAVE to do.