Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tip #2: Be Accountable!

According to a 2010 survey, 32.4% of adults who had seen a doctor in the past year had been advised to exercise (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db86.htm), but most Americans still don't get enough regular exercise. Having someone to exercise with helps motivate you both and keep you on track with your exercise goals.

Whether or not you will be joining a gym with a friend or going it alone, it is imperative to have an exercise accountability partner. Perhaps you could incorporate the help of a friend asking them to be your biggest cheerleader when you feel like you want to quit. Even better, ask another friend to be your coach and ask you some hard questions and give you some hard-line advice when you want to stop.

Think about who you would like as an exercise partner, and take a few minutes this week to give them a call, drop them an email, or talk to them about setting up a regular exercise "date" that will benefit you both. Even if you can only get together once or twice a week, it will help you stay on track. Or, if you can't find a friend to exercise with, or you prefer more structure, find a personal trainer to be accountable to. You'll get the added benefit of his or her expertise in designing an exercise plan tailored to your needs that you will enjoy and want to stick to.

In the meantime, consider us your exercise partners! Every Thursday we'll share a fun workout so you can be sure to get in your exercise for the day. Just play the video a couple of times a week, and along with your workouts with your accountability partner, you've already got 4 days covered!
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