Whether you are beginning a new fitness routine or vamping up your existing routine, there are many tools you can use to track your progress. Accountability is critical in keeping goals.
Accountability to others
When you are beginning your path to a healthier lifestyle, you can enlist the help of a walking or exercise buddy. Let’s face it, there are few activities that are not more enjoyable with a partner. Having someone to walk with can help you in many ways. On the most base level, there is something to say about having a commitment to another to go walk with. Depending on where you live, this could make a huge difference in whether you brave cold winter temperatures. When you have a solid support system to help you stick to your fitness or diet goals, a gentle reminder and offer of strength is extremely helpful in times of temptation, frustration or weakness.
Accountability to yourself
While having a supportive network of people to help you can be a real help, the basic truth is that at the end of the day, the buck stops with you. You are in charge of determining what you will be doing and how you will set, work towards and meet your goals. Keeping a log of your goals and progress can help you see the progress that you are making when the progress seems to plateau.
What should you track?
In a nutshell, you should track everything that will help you achieve your goals and your progress in achieving them. If you track your daily eating habits and your daily activities, you can look for trends in your habits. Getting an idea of how you are doing will give you ideas of what works for you and what doesn’t, how, when and what tempts you to slack off and how you are doing in meeting your goals.
How should you track your progress?
You can track your progress towards meeting your fitness goals with something as high-tech as a special app to load into your phone or tablet or something as simple as a spiral notebook. You can also use an online fitness journal to track your progress. Occasionally, web support networks for fitness provide the accountability and support needed as well as a variety of tools to track your progress.
No matter your method of finding the right balance of accountability and fitness tracking, your chances of successfully meeting your goals are greatly improved if you have these tools in place to help you.