Implementing exercise accountability
So you’ve found exercise you love, but then life and our cultural addiction to busyness mucks your attempts to actually do it. This is where finding accountability comes in. I schedule my exercise in my calendar, and set alarms for them. But I’m not always the best at holding myself accountable to those dates with myself, “nobody will notice if I DON’T go”, nobody except myself. So I set up my calendar with accountability for my exercise. I swim with a friend on Friday mornings. Another friend and I send each other running selfies, and hold each other accountable when we don’t get one. There are apps for this, run keeper, and strava are very popular ones, where all your connections can keep you motivated and accountable. I made a friend at my yoga studio and we agreed to come the same times as each other. I also found that if I planned on exercising in the morning, I was more likely to do it; As the day goes on, it becomes less and less likely.
Getting our dog skillet exercise is a shared responsibility between my boyfriend and I. He would take him disc golfing, and I would take him running. But the more my boyfriend took him disc golfing, the less I felt obligated to take skillet running, the more it would fall to the back burner. So I told my boyfriend to only take him disc golfing on the days that I went to yoga and not running. So then, there was my adorable accountability begging for some exercise. Can’t let my best friend down.
I used to hate exercising with other people, because it was my time to reconnect with nature, and meditate on it. But then I noticed I wasn’t getting it done much anyway. So I started asking friends to join me, and found that I actually DO love exercising with a friend, and creating a connection. And when you have a friend waiting for you to meet them, in the dark and cold, you don’t leave them hanging.
Get a friend, set yourself up, and hold each other accountable. Develop connections, and have fun while getting healthy!
What are your best tips for staying accountable to exercise?