23 Mar The Importance of Accountability in Reaching Fitness Goals
Knowing the importance of accountability is half the battle. Once you know why accountability is important, it takes a bit more effort to reach your goals.
The benefits of accountability include increased motivation and informed actions. Once you understand it, doing things that were previously difficult becomes a breeze.
Accountability is defined as: “required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.” It means having a reason to do what you’re doing. Accountability doesn’t appear out of thin air. It’s developed through intentional planning.
Goals help you aim your plan towards success
First, you need to identify your goal. The goal is the thing you wish you had but that you don’t have yet. Depending on your starting point, you may set a goal of being able to climb up and down the stairs easily or a further and faster personal best run. Once you have your goal, the next step is to become easily able to master it. To learn more about goal setting check out our S.M.A.R.T Weight Loss goals worksheet.
Another way to describe a good goal is to call it a purpose. You can define your purpose for your actions to help you become accountable. A purpose will be something that makes you feel good inside, either emotionally, mentally, or physically. It will be meaningful to you. Some examples of a personal purpose could be:
- planting a garden
- working to get a raise at work
- improving your health through exercise
The purpose is how you know whether your actions were successful or unsuccessful. Did your actions meet your purpose?
If the purpose doesn’t feel right to you, reevaluate your plan. Don’t make yourself too tired or not challenged enough. You want to have enough of a balance to keep moving forward.
Putting a plan into action is the next step in being accountable. Creating a daily routine with enough structure and enough flexibility to withstand things that come up.
Focus on finding a purpose that focuses on both short term and long term benefits. Exercise can help with all 3 of those areas:
- Endorphins get released in the brain during exercise
- It can prepare you to handle physical tasks better throughout your life
- It can help you interact with and help your friends and family with more energy and strength
Mindset prepares you for physical exercises
Mindset is important to the success of being accountable to yourself and others. Focusing on taking care of yourself and others instead of being afraid of the outcome will help you. Focusing on improvement over perfection. This will help you avoid frustration and become focused on enjoying the journey instead of a particular result.
Resourcefulness helps keep the focus on why accountability is important
Being resourceful is important to staying accountable. Humans live in an increasingly connected world, not a vacuum. Healthy food, equipment, and how-to articles, are resources at your disposal. We recommend having a mentor to help you with your technique and skill level. A mentor will also help you maintain a healthy mindset.
Keep yourself accountable to make it a lot easier to reach your fitness goals. Make time for the other important things in your life. For more information on the importance of accountability, contact us.