Motivation and accountability are both necessary for fitness success. Motivation is what drives you to workout day after day and accountability is how you keep in check with your workouts.
I’ve always found motivation easy to find. Sometimes it’s a photo I see online, an upcoming race, a friend who has inspired me or staying healthy for my son. But my motivation is useless without accountability.
As a Mom & runner, accountability is so important. I use many tactics to hold myself accountable for getting my workout in. If I don’t have a system of accountability in place, the workout never happens. Between a toddler pulling on me, blogging and a part time job, it’s very easy to find an excuse not to get my workout in.
My favorite method to hold myself accountable is working out with my friends. If I didn’t have a core group of other Moms to run with, I’m not sure I could be a distance runner. They motivate me to wake up and run high mileage that seems absurd to anybody who doesn’t run. An added bonus is running races with them. We all have similar goals, which means we can offer support and hold each other accountable for our mileage.
As daunting as the long runs seem though, it’s the midweek 3-4 mile runs that I have the hardest time with! It usually has to be 1 of 3 options for me: pushing my son in the jogger, running before my son wakes up or after he goes to bed. That’s it. I don’t have a lot of help with childcare, so I have to schedule my workouts around my son.
The best method of accountability I’ve found for those tough midweek runs is relying on social media. Tell the world that you’re about to workout and prove it to them! Who care if nobody takes a true interest in your workout. It’s just a mind game to play that ensures you workout for the day.
Many apps like Garmin and Nike directly link to social media for sharing. It’s a great tool to share stats and let your friends know that you’re staying on track. The Nike app even allows you to start a month long challenge with friends to compete for highest mileage without ever having to workout together.
I truly believe it doesn’t matter how motivated you are if you don’t hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s hiring a personal trainer, working out with friends or telling the internet, find something that resonates with you personally to keep you accountable.
Right now is the perfect time to set up a system to keep you accountable before the crazy holiday season happens and temptation is everywhere. I guarantee that your fitness level will start improving when you throw the excuses out and find accountability.