How Can You Stay Accountable to Your Workout Program?

Over the years I have found that the only way I will stick with a workout program is to find different ways to keep myself accountable. If I don’t have that accountability, I tend to do well for a week or two - (I once set a record at almost two months!) - before I fall off and stop being consistent with my program.

Through a lot of trial and error I have found what works best for me. Here are some tips to help you stay accountable with your workout program:

  1. The best thing that I have found to keep myself accountable is to have a workout partner. When I know that my workout buddy is counting on me, it becomes a lot harder to skip a workout. We can also be there for each other to encourage the other when one of us doesn’t really feel like working out. This doesn’t mean you have to workout together necessarily. You can have a workout partner that lives in a different town. The two of you would figure out your program and check in with each other daily or weekly to make sure that workouts are getting done.
  2. Write your goals and daily workouts down. By simply writing your goals down, you are more likely to follow through with the needed work to reach those goals. Also, when you track your daily progress it keeps you focused on your long term goal. Another easy way to “write down” your daily progress is to post it to Facebook. Through social networking you can stay accountable and gain motivation.  You may even motivate someone else to start their own fitness journey!
  3. Schedule your workouts just like you would any other appointment. Planning a specific time every day to workout will help you stay accountable. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be flexible if something comes up.  But when your workout is scheduled into your day, it is a lot easier to fit it in.

Accountability is huge when it comes to sticking with a workout program. Finding something that works for you is a must!

What have you found that helps you stay accountable to your workout program?

5 Ideas to Help You Stick With Your Workout Plan

Sticking to any workout plan or program can be difficult at times. I’ve struggled with it, and I know many others do as well. Life simply gets in the way sometimes, plus sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. So what can you do to help you stick with your fitness program? Here are 5 things that have helped me over the years:

1.  Accountability

This might be one of the biggest motivators that has helped me stick with my exercise routines.  If I know my friends are counting on me doing a workout with them, it is a lot harder to skip out. I also have a free online account through Beachbody that allows me to schedule and log my workouts.

Accountability is huge! Try to find someone or something to hold you accountable to your workout program.

2.  Find a program that works for you.

I’ve started several programs that I’ve found to be too advanced. Well guess what? It wasn’t long before I quit those programs, once again getting out of a good workout routine. However, once I found a program that fit my current needs, it was a lot easier to stick with.  I would be happy to help you figure out a program that will be just right for you.

3.  Keep variety in your programs.

I think I have “Exercise ADD”! I have to constantly be changing things up, or I simply get bored with my workout. I’ve learned that if I am sure to have a variety of workout options to choose from, I am much more likely to stick with a program.

4.  Don’t get frustrated if you can’t do everything perfectly.

I’ve gone through several programs in which I’ve struggled just to complete the workout or to complete certain exercises during the first few weeks. But by sticking with it, I found that those elements I struggled with did get easier. I didn’t always master them, but I did get better and saw improvements. It’s not always about how well you are doing an exercise, but that you are simply doing something. Do the best you can and don’t worry about the rest.

5.  Use the workouts to relieve stress rather then letting them cause stress.

Exercise is a great stress reliever if you let it be. If you are too worried about the exercise, it can create more stress. For example, if something comes up and you simply can’t get a workout in one day, don’t worry about it.  Just pick up where you left off the next day or as soon as you can!

I hope that these 5 ideas will help you stick with your workout program. What else do you do to help you stick to a workout program?