What you need to know about accountability and working out

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Here at a Lifesum, we’re always encouraging you to get the right systems in place to make obtaining your health goals even easier. That can be something like getting the fruit in a bowl on the counter, so that you reach for it more, or putting unhealthier food on higher shelves so it’s out sight.

Today though, we want to talk to you about accountability.

When it comes to working out, we’ve all experienced the moment when we mentally check in with ourselves to determine if we REALLY want to go or not. If you’re someone who usually works out in the morning, that can mean a few minutes of deliberation in the morning, where something as small as a change in temperature is enough to change your mind; or if you’re someone who works out after work, it’s easy to find yourself wrestling with the idea of how long it will take or how tired you are from a long day.

This is where accountability comes in. It’s a way of having someone other than yourself to help give you that extra nudge when you need it most. Here’s what you need to know about accountability though:

1. It can take different forms

For some of us, it can literally be going to the gym with someone else, so that if for any reason we don’t show up, there’s someone who notices. If you’re not at liberty to work out with friends, it could be something like sending your workout to a friend the night before, and texting them a picture of yourself at the gym the following day. If you usually workout from the office or before going, having a coworker walk to the gym with you might be something that helps you go more often too.

2. It doesn’t mean you can’t take day’s off

Rest is still important, even if you are trying to stay consistent with working out. Tune in to your body and be honest with those you’ve chosen to hold you accountable; have you had a really rough night with the baby, or had a serious bout of the flu? It’s okay to opt out of the workout in lieu of your health. It’s not skipping or cheating, it’s good self-care practice.

3. It requires accountability to the truth

With truth there is no accountability. This only works if you’re honest with yourself and with others. Tell your friends your weak spots and the things Nat have previously held you back from staying consistent. What are some of the usual blockers? What patterns have you noticed? You’ll also want to check in with yourself too; asking, ‘Am I missing workouts due to my own poor planning? Or because I have truly valid reasons for not going?’

4. It’s still all you

At the end of it all, without you doing your end of the deal, accountability doesn’t work. No matter how accountable you feel to anybody, if you don’t go, you don’t go. Getting accountability will help, but nobody can make you workout but yourself.

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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