Accountability is Key to Success in Health and Fitness


accountabilityHow many times have you attempted to diet or stick to a workout routine or achieve a fitness goal and failed? You are not alone. It’s a rare person who has not tried and failed at one of these if not all.

Maybe it’s time to do a bit of personal “inner reflection” and discover why success seems to allude you. It likely something as basic as accountability.

Personal accountability is the key to success in any endeavor. Diet and fitness included.

Accountability according to the dictionary means:

“The quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” The state of being accountable liable, or answerable.”

Let’s face it, often will power is just not enough to keep you focused and on track. There are endless excuses you can tap into that “excuse” you from sticking to your diet, exercise routine or work out program. And, without some sort of real “consequence” for skipping your workout or fudging on your diet you won’t think twice about tapping into and using those “excuses” on a regular basis.

The good news is that there are some simple ways that you can tap into that will help you to stay accountable.

Start a fitness chart and chart your successes (or some sort of journal)

Use a food diary to document exactly what you are eating

Use a tape measure to keep on track

Create a “rewards” program that allows you to “reward” yourself

Use an app or website to keep you accountable

Hire a personal trainer

One of the best, most popular and successful ways to make and keep yourself accountable with your work outs is to choose an “accountability” partner…someone who does not allow you to skip without hearing about the consequences.

Statistics show that those who work out with partners have a 95% success rate while the success rate of those who attempt to work out alone dips as low as 43%. That’s a gap worth paying attention to don’t you think?

Finding accountability partners can be as close as a dear friend or family member. If that isn’t a possibility for you then ask around at your gym for work out accountability partners. Remember, whomever you choose to be your “accountability” partner is also going to benefit from this partnership. In fact, you might approach a possible accountability partner by offering to help them be accountable first. For the most part, you’ll find that people are more than happy to help out.

Sticking to a healthy nutrition plan…one that rids your body of processed food additives and poisonous chemicals is much easier if your accountability partner is a roommate, spouse or family member since they will be observing your actions first hand.

The key to an choosing an accountability partner is to make sure you do not choose a “wimp.” Your accountability partner must be there 100% for you all the time ready to push you when your own “push” just isn’t enough. The right person will support and genuinely want to help you progress. They will be equipped with commitment and the knowledge needed to get you where you want to be. They are not afraid to put personal feelings aside to let you know in no uncertain terms that you will only be letting yourself down if you don’t “do it” and they will assume the super “cheer-leader” role when needed that gets you motivated and reacquainted with the reasons you began this quest in the first place.

Accountability is a good thing…it makes you responsible for your actions and is the cornerstone of success and productivity in every aspect of your life. Accountability means you are holding yourself responsible for your own personal successes and failures.

Most weight-loss resistant bodies are that way because of lifestyles and the answers are literally right in front of us…if we are paying attention.

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