Congratulations! You realize you need to make a change. You want to start eating healthier and become more active. You may even have started. But how do you stick to it?
It is said that 70% of people who start a new fitness program fail. Those are tough odds. How can you make sure that you beat those odds?
There is no sure way to stick to a program. But one thing that I know personally helps me is accountability.
Most of us can talk ourselves out of anything. And we can easily cheat or fail if no one knows. That is why it is important to have at least one person who keeps track with you. Someone to follow up with you. Someone you can run to when you face difficulties. Someone to celebrate with you.
The question is, “Who?”
The most obvious answer is a spouse, friend, or family member. It’s normal to ask a family member or friend to join you. Doing these types of things together not only make it easier, but it can also be fun and a great way to bond.
But the truth is, you may be on this journey alone. You may not know anyone who wants to join you. If this is the case, there are still ways you can have accountability.
A good option is always a personal trainer. They are there to help you, encourage you, motivate you, and check in with you.
You could join a fitness class. Not only is your instructor always there to help you, you form friendships and make new bonds with people who are always there for you (I have classes offered throughout the week.)
With the Internet at our fingertips, we have access to almost everyone across the world. If classes or gyms aren’t for you, there is a good chance you can find someone else around the world who can become your accountability partner. Facebook has thousands of fitness and health groups available for you to join. Find a group that works for you, maybe one that is mostly people in your town, and post daily how you are doing. Use it as a fitness journal. You will form friendships, and you will get encouragement and helpful advice.
It’s possible that none of the above options feel right for you. Ask a friend to be your accountability partner. They do not have to join you, but just ask that they are there to talk to you every day and check in. Don’t have a friend willing to do that for you? I will personally be that friend for you if you need. Look me up. Add me on Facebook. I can help you!
With such high odds that you will fail, it is so important that you do not feel alone on this journey. When we feel alone is when we are most willing to quit. But that does not have you be you! Not this time!