How to Make Yourself Accountable to Healthy Habits

With the holiday season right around the corner and summer weather falling by the wayside, it’s not uncommon for people to start making commitments or resolutions to their health and fitness in order to be #beachbodyready come next summer.

However, as many as 92 percent of people don’t manage to achieve their goals – less than 1 in 10 keep striving until they meet the target they’ve set for themselves and their health. Unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles to tackle when it comes to health and fitness is the ability to commit.

If you’ve made it your mission to improve your health and succeed in your weight-loss and exercise goals, here’s some tips to help you keep up your commitment long-term.

Do it for the right reasons

There are many reasons different people want to get fit. Once you find your individual motivators and focus on them, you’ve made the first important step to achieving your goal. Ideally you want to get healthy for yourself and your overall physical and emotional wellbeing. If you find yourself wanting a ‘revenge bod’ to get back at an estranged ex, you may want to reconsider your intentions. You will succeed more readily if you are doing it for yourself, rather than for nebulous reasons or for other people.

In order to achieve your goals, it’s important to have the right mindset. Lifestyle changes are easier to make and to continue if you commit to them for a sustainable, long-term reason, instead of a fleeting emotional decision made in the heat of the moment.

Close your eyes and really imagine where you wish to find yourself in three months’ time.

Swap ‘I should’ for ‘I’d like to’

When you think in terms of I ‘should’  lose weight or I ‘should’ get fit, you are subconsciously putting off doing so in case you fail. Ditch the inner language that’s holding you back, and instead think in terms of ‘I’d like to’ lose weight or better still, ‘I will’ lose weight, get fit and become more healthy.

Don’t be an unhealthy selfie!

The number of people taking photographs of themselves to post on social networking sites is rising exponentially. It may seem a good idea at the time, but the trend can damage your self-confidence, especially if you are posting selfies to seek approval and attention. Rather than receiving positive comments from friends, it could lead to no comments – resulting in feelings of despondency – or even attract negative comments from total strangers or, worse, from cyber bullies.

By all means post occasional photos  – but don’t keep putting yourself up there just to seek approval or you could develop an unhealthy addiction to the attention of others. Your own sense of worth is the one that counts, not that of others.

Use technology as your friend

After ensuring you’re committing to a lifestyle change for the right reasons, you’re well on your way to success. The next step is to make the investment in your new lifestyle.

Pick up some new workout clothes that you feel confident in, a pair of supportive and lightweight running shoes and an armband for your phone. In addition to workout clothes and shoes, technology is an investment that is often overlooked.

What better way to use your smartphone than as a health and fitness accessory? There are so many smartphones and watches to help you reach your fitness goals it’s almost overwhelming.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and accompanying smartwatch are a great pair that allow users to sync up their phone to their smart watch and monitor their fitness activity through Samsung’s health app. The Health app tracks a variety of things including:

  • Active minutes
  • Daily calories burned
  • Milestones and personal goals
  • Water consumed
  • Restful sleep
  • Running route

With all of these items available in the tracker, you’re well on your way to personal accountability and success.

In addition to Samsung’s own health app, there are a variety of other apps you can download onto your smartphone that are also compatible with a wearable device including Fitbit, NutriCoach, My Fitness Pal, and Lifesum.

Once you’ve determined that you’re in the right mindset to stay dedicated to your health, invest in some great smart technology and download some helpful fitness apps and hit the ground running.

Set yourself a SMART goal

Make a commitment to yourself and to your goal – write it down and put it somewhere you will see it regularly.

Make your goal SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely – in other words, make it do-able within a specific time frame.

Allow yourself a sensible amount of time. When learning any new skill you have to put time and effort to the process; learning to eat and exercise well is no different. You and your health are worth all the time it takes.

  • Keep a daily diary
  • Make commitment statements
  • Formulate short-, medium- and long-term goals
  • Experiment with reward systems
  • Practise Mindfulness (living in the moment)
  • Learn positive thinking tools
  • Adopt lifestyle changes one at a time
  • Make nutritional swaps
  • Perform physical exercises
  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Focus on breathing or meditation moments
  • Try complementary therapies: self-acupressure, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga
  • Monitor your progress (eg using a pedometer, BP monitor, suitable Apps)
  • Keep visualising your success

Be kind to yourself and your body.

Enjoy the journey!

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