How Accountability With A Fitness Partner Can Help With Your Fitness Goals
If there were a way to double your chances for fitness success, would you be interested? How about a technique to make exercise more fun? A tool that automatically creates space and time in your busy schedule for workouts? A proven way to help you out of a rut or through a plateau?
It may all sound too good to be true, but countless fitness seekers have found that the right workout buddy can do all that and more.
Accountability is exactly what it sounds like, someone keeping you accountable for what you’re doing. It's something we all need in many areas of life.
Benefits Of A Fitness Partner
- Less likely to plateau. When you work out alone, it’s all too easy to fall back on the same-old, same-old exercises. But that’s an easy way to fall into a fitness plateau. A friend might have suggestions for switching up your routine that you wouldn’t think of alone.
- Meet goals faster. When you’re being consistent and pushing yourself harder, your performance will improve faster than when you’re only attending the gym sporadically and slacking off when you do manage to get there.
- You will enjoy your workout more. Makes sense: you like hanging out with your friends, you (mostly) like exercising, combine the two and you double your fun.
- Less likely to get injured. The gym mirror can only tell you so much. It's beneficial to have a partner there to check your form and give feedback.
- Healthy competition. People with exercise with someone they thought was better than them worked out harder and longer than others.
Ways To Be A Great Workout Partner
- Don't take no for an answer. Create a valid excuse policy, which is a list of acceptable reasons for why you or your partner cannot exercise. A sick child that has to stay home a day or two is a valid excuse. You feeling down or tired isn't.
- Be on time. Always.
- Push your partner. Don't forget to reinforce efforts with praise.
- Suggest new ideas. Keep things interesting and prevent plateaus.
- Remind your partner. Remind your partner of their goals and encourage them when the going gets rough.
- Keep in touch. Stay in contact through illness, travel, and other routine-breakers. It will make it easier to get back on track.
- Communicate. The more you care about your partner as a person, the stronger your alliance will be. But don’t wallow in negative talk. It’s an energy downer.
- Be flexible. Sitter canceled? Take turns watching the kids so each of you can exercise independently.
- Don't judge. If your workout partner misses a workout or confesses to indulging in a pint of ice cream, don't criticize. Simply suggest making a U-turn immediately, and get back on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
It’s all too easy to fall off the wagon and willpower will only go so far. However, if you have someone keeping you accountable, you are much more likely to succeed. Someone keeping you on track, making you go to the gym when you don’t want to.
Accountability drives you to practice all of the small daily choices such as eating an apple instead of a cookie, doing your workout, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. These choices eventually add up to the consistent behaviors that result in a healthier you.
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