It can be hard to find the motivation to get to the gym. There are so many other things demanding our attention: work, kids, partners, volunteer commitments, and Netflix. But your physical and mental health are more important than any of it. If you’re looking for ways to get in shape or stay in shape, consider finding an accountability partner who can give you the motivation you need.
Why An Accountability Partner Works
We’ve all had days when we just cannot find the motivation to throw on our workout clothes and exercise. But if you’ve already promised someone else that you’ll meet them at the gym or go on a run with them, you’re much more likely to make it happen.
Why? Humans are social creatures by nature. It’s in our DNA to be influenced by our peers. When we make promises, we’re more likely to stick to those commitments. When we break promises, we “fail” our tribe.
Plus, accountability partners help us see ourselves in new ways. They can give us valuable feedback about our habits, our tendencies, and our successes. They challenge us to do better and be better, which in turn encourages us to reach for new goals.
Where to Find an Accountability Partner
Finding an accountability partner might seem easy, but you have to consider what you need before determining who you need.
Do you need someone who pushes you to your limits? Or someone who is more gentle and understanding of your struggles? What are your fitness goals, and what type of accountability partner would best be suited to helping you achieve them?
Once you have your goals in mind, decide who might be the best fit for you.
Your accountability partner should:
- Be trustworthy. You’ll be confiding in your accountability partner about your fitness goals, your challenges, and probably about what’s going on in your personal life, too, so make sure it’s someone who you can trust.
- Be encouraging. You want someone who can cheer you on and who believes the best in you. More than that, you need someone who helps you see the best in yourself, too.
- Be reliable. An accountability partner who doesn’t show up to workouts half the time isn’t going to be effective. Think about your friends: who is the one who always arrives on time, to every event, and isn’t likely to flake out at the last second?
- Be fun. Working out shouldn’t feel like a chore. Find someone who enjoys the same activities you do. That way, you’ll be able to exercise together, enjoy what you’re doing, and have fun getting fit together.
Do you have an accountability partner? What kind of fitness activities do you do together? What is the most important trait in a fitness accountability partner? Let us know in the comments or snap a picture with your workout buddy and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram.
Until next time, take care of yourself and one another.