Accountability in Fitness
Written By: Georgia Smith-Ball
Let’s explore accountability in fitness.
It’s all good and well wanting to lose weight, gain muscle or tone up, but the success comes from consistency and establishing a sustainable routine. You are responsible for this and no one else. You have to hold yourself accountable. You have to take ownership. You are in control.
There are certain things that you can integrate into your everyday lives to enhance your ability to stay accountable.
Setting goals is incredibly important, this gives you a purpose, a long-term objective and short-term motivation. From establishing your goals you can then plan and manage your time and resources in order to be successful in achieving them.
Set yourself SMART goals;
- Specific – what do you want to achieve
- Measurable – how do you know when you have achieved your goal? How can you measure your success? Using precise amounts and dates can help you establish a measurable goal.
- Achievable – helps you set a realistic goal that can be achieved within a certain time frame.
- Realistic – this is person specific and varies massively between each individual. To be defined as realistic your goal must be within reach and relevant.
- Time frame – your goal should have a beginning and an end which are clearly defined.
Routine is essential to supporting your newly chosen goals. Establish the new habits you would like to implement and find ways to keep yourself accountable to them. Tell your friends and family, schedule a regular workout time in your calendar, record your progress etc. Consistency is the key to success and routines nurture consistency.
Don’t fall at the first hurdle when something goes wrong. Develop resilience and don’t quit. When starting a new routine and changing old habits you’re likely to encounter challenges along the way. You may miss a training session, you may go out and have a few too many drinks; either way this is not what is important. What is important is what you do next. Adapt and adjust. Reflect on what happened, establish a way in which in the future it can be avoided or reduced and continue on your journey. Resilience is developed through experience. Just remember this may be your first hurdle but it more than likely won’t be your last.
Switch out bad habits by replacing them with better alternatives. For example; if you enjoy snacking on foods, swap out the chocolate biscuit for a piece of fruit or rice cake. If you enjoy socialising over a drink, swap the glass of wine for a spirit and soda water. As always moderation is still key but by making conscious decisions to support your goals will help you stay accountable in the long run. Short term fixes rarely exist and if you want to achieve results you have to think of the bigger picture and how you can make lifestyle changes for your goals to be sustainable.
Lastly, make it fun. The famous saying is true, “Success is a journey, not a destination”. Enjoy the process and you’ll reap the rewards. Experiment with new recipes and flavours, workout with family and friends, find new locations to enjoy exercise, wear an Apple watch / Fitbit / Whoop if you enjoy tracking your statistics and progress. Enhance your accountability. Achieve your goals.