The Power of Accountability
Do you struggle to stick to your health and fitness goals? If you do, you are not alone. Sticking to a fitness or weight loss plan long enough to achieve and sustain desired results is a challenge for many. In fact, a study by Harris Interactive for bodybuilding.com showed that 66 percent of Americans made resolutions to get fit and 73 percent of them gave up prior to reaching their goal. Of the people that give up on their fitness goals, half of them give up by the six-week mark. There are steps that you can take to increase the likelihood of sticking to and accomplishing your fitness goals.
Researchers have found that these actions have the following probabilities of completing a goal:
Having an idea or goal: 10 percent likely to complete the goal
Consciously deciding that you will do it: 25 percent
Deciding when you will do it: 40 percent
Planning how to do it: 50 percent
Committing to someone that you will do it: 65 percent
Having a specific accountability appointment with someone you’ve committed to: 95 percent
Having a goal and knowing what to do are certainly important, but having accountability is the prime predictor of the probability of reaching your goals. If we know that having accountability will help us stick to and achieve our fitness goals, what are some ways to have accountability?
Share your goals publicly
When you tell people about your goals, they will be more likely to support you and actively help you reach them.
Ask someone to hold you accountable
Have a friend, family member, or colleague that will check in on you and your progress towards your goals and milestones.
Money as a motivator
Have an accountability partner
Partnering with other people who have similar goals, can help you both stick to them. You will both be expecting each other to show up for workouts and make good nutritional choices.
Join a group class
Having a class to regularly show up for gives you a dedicated hour on your schedule to commit to your goals. Fitness classes can also add a fun and social aspect to your training. Knowing you will get to see your favorite instructor or other class participants each time will make you look forward to each workout.
Work with a personal trainer
Working with a certified personal trainer provides you with a specific accountability appointment, which research shows has a 95 percent probability of goal competition. A trainer will help you exercise safely and effectively. They can also guide you with your nutrition as well as help you stay on track. A personal trainer will hold you responsible for missed workouts or falling off the nutrition wagon. You will feel confident that you are taking the right steps to achieve your goals!
If you need help with accountability or sticking to your fitness goals, contact Integrated Fitness to schedule an appointment with one of our personal trainers or nutrition coaches. Make this the year you succeed in your fitness goals!