Day 13 - Accountability: Grab a Fitness Buddy

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If you are anything like me and do not really enjoy exercising, then today’s Challenge is for you.  Even if you do enjoy exercising, finding someone to keep you accountable is helpful to staying motivated with your fitness routine.

There are many benefits to having an accountability partner when it comes to exercise.

Benefits of having a Fitness Buddy

  • Doubles your chances of fitness success

A 2011 study published in Pyschology of Sport & Exercise found that exercise habits of people you know have a positive influence on your exercise habits.

  • Makes exercise more fun

Exercising with friends is always more fun than going solo.  You can be social while getting fit.  What a great combination!

  • Keeps you scheduling your fitness into your busy schedule

It is much easier to find an excuse not to work out when it is just yourself you have to answer to.  If you schedule time to work out with a friend, you have someone counting on you to be there.  Even if you can’t always exercise together, telling your friend when and what you will be doing regarding fitness allows for someone to hold you accountable to that.

My best accountability partner for exercise is my husband.  I tell him my goal is to begin exercising 3 times a week and he asks me every day how I am doing with that goal.

Knowing I have someone to answer to keeps me motivated to stick to my commitment.

  • Can help you out of a rut or through a plateau

Sometimes I have gotten into a rut with my exercise routine.  I get bored with my work outs.  Sometimes you could get bored with the exercise machines at the gym.

You may have even hit a plateau with your fitness level or weight loss.  A fitness buddy can give ideas, support and encouragement.

Exercise partners can be a great resource for accountability, support, encouragement and even some healthy competition.  They can motivate you to do one more set or to keep going for 5 more minutes.

As women, we need support, especially with our goals.  We seek the positive reinforcement of others, especially when we are doing work.

Tips on Choosing a Fitness Buddy

  • Choose someone with a similar commitment to fitness
  • Choose someone who is at a similar level of health and fitness
  • Choose someone with an emotional connection to you

You can have either a friend-based buddy system, a small group buddy system, or the coupled pair such as spouse or boyfriend. 

The key is to find the right buddy for you, one that will support and motivate you to improve your fitness health and reach your fitness goals.

Don't forget to Share with others.  If you missed last week's Nutrition Challenges or this week's  Exercise Challenges, you can find them on the 31 Day Fertility Care Challenge Pinterest Board.