Last week, I discussed ways to find a weight loss plan that will work for you. This week, I want to talk about finding an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is someone that can help hold you accountable to your health and fitness goals. It can be as simple as someone who meets you each morning to go for a run or as involved as someone who monitors your fitness app to see what you are eating, your water intake, and the amount of exercise you are doing each day. Let's look at how to choose an accountability partner.
Define what you need from your accountability partner. If you know what you need from an accountability partner you can make a better decision in choosing an accountability partner.
An accountability partner should be able to work with you to hold you accountable in the ways that will personally work with you. Some things that they might be able to help you with are:
- Making appointments to meet up so you are required to be there.
- Being someone who can always take your calls or text and talk you out of bad choices such as buying junk food or skipping out on gym time.
- Cheering you on when you make good decisions.
- Having access to your journals and logs as well as your fitness tracker.
- Help you define what you need in order to be successful.
- Helping you brainstorm when you get stuck or are struggling with your goals.
Tips for Finding an Accountability Partner
The Fit Tutor has some great ideas on why you need an accountability partner.
My fitness Pal has some tips on how to find a good accountability partner.
Here are some tips for holding yourself accountable.
What do you do if you can't find an accountability partner?
The Daily Burn has 15 Tricks to help you stick with your workouts and hold yourself accountable.
Here are some ways to start a fitness routine and stick with it.
You are also welcome to join our Small Changes for Health Facebook Group if you would like encouragement from our online group.
Fitness Tools To Help Keep You Accountable:
A fitness tracker can be a great tool for accountability. Here are 5 reasons to use a fitness tracker.
My Fitness Pal is a great tracker for food intake, water intake and fitness time. It's great to share with your accountability partner and it's a free app/website.
Here are 100 free apps for weight loss and workouts you and your accountability partner can through to find something that works best for both of you.
Tips for Finding a Workout Buddy
Your accountability partner may be different from your workout buddy, or it could be the same person. If you need help finding the right workout buddy, here are some tips:
Rainbeau Curves has a post on how to be the perfect workout buddy.
Fitness magazine has a good list of 7 ways to find a workout buddy.
Here is how you can find a Fitness Buddy on SparkPeople.
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