5 tips for staying accountable

In today’s blog, Longevity Exercise Physiology DrummoyneEdgecliff, Marrickville, Bella Vista, Randwick, Pymble, Neutral Bay and Balmain discuss 5 tips for staying accountable and on track with your health goals.

We understand, life gets in the way sometimes. You have something you want to achieve; you’ve set a goal, you’ve made a plan… but then something pressing comes up at work, your child wakes up sick, you had a bad night’s sleep, and within a few days, the idea of sticking to your plan seems impossible. It’s okay, this is normal! There are, however, lots of strategies you can try to help these occurrences have less of an impact on your adherence to your goals. Below are our top 5 tips you can easily implement into your day with little to no effort.

  1. Plan the week ahead:

It’s important to have a plan written down of when you will exercise. Spending 5 minutes on a Sunday to map out exactly what time, day and type of exercise you will do throughout the week will make it much more likely you adhere to your goals. Think of it like booking in a meeting, or an appointment; book in your exercise time before the week gets away from you.

  1. Tell people:

Telling your goals to those close to you means you can be better supported. They can check in with you, ask if you’re staying on track and understand why you might miss out on one thing to help you adhere to your goal. This could be friends, family or your Exercise Physiologist. Not only will they help you stay on track but saying your goals out loud and discussing them also helps them stay fresh in your mind.

  1. Don’t do it alone:

It can be easy for us to let ourselves down, but we are far less likely to cancel on others. Book in your exercise with friends, family, or an Exercise Physiologist. They will keep you accountable, motivated and socialising all at the same time!

  1. Make it easy:

Just like when you brush your teeth, your toothbrush and toothpaste are usually easily accessible and visible. Try doing the same with your activewear and joggers. Leave it out the night before, take it with you to work or leave it in the car. That way you are reminded to exercise, and you don’t have to spend time getting ready. You’ll be set to go!

  1. Know your why:

This may be the most important tip of all. Knowing the reasons behind your exercise goals means you will be more focussed and driven by internal factors. For example, do you exercise so you can go on a hike, go travelling, start running again, participate in your chosen sport without pain, or play with the grandchildren? It’s helpful to write your WHY down in a place that you can see every day!

Thinking about making a change and need some help staying accountable? Let us help you adhere to your exercise goals. Contact Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology on 1300 964 002 if you have any questions!

Written by Courtney Maher



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