Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 Days: Find a Friend

You've heard it before, accountability is key in a multitude of areas.

We are social beings. Wired for relationship, motivated by community. I could link to all sorts of studies and facts. But I don't think I need to. Because you know.

If you want to making activity, movement, exercise, a regular part of your life: find a friend or a community. And if you don't feel like you have people around you who have similar goals, recruit some.

My sisters are some of my greatest accountability partners. They too want healthy eating and regular exercise to be part of their life. One of my sisters and I used to text each other early in the morning to make sure we were up and moving to start the day. There was something about going to bed knowing your sister would be texting you at 5:30 or 5:45am to see if you were up. Sure, sometimes I'd ignore the text or mute my phone in the middle of the night. But usually, I was already up.

One of my favorite things about my iPhone is group texting. Currently my two sisters and my sister-in-law and I have an ongoing texting conversation about our daily exercise and eating. Sometimes when it's late at night and I know I don't need to eat, but I want to eat--I text my sisters, and the mere confession stops me from putting food in my mouth.

I have participated in communities on various fitness and health website to keep my motivated. I've found people to follow on Twitter who are runners or love Jillian or Insanity like I do. There are Facebook groups, and even Instagram hashtags to help you recruit a new community.  There really isn't any excuse for not having accountability.

Just put yourself out there. You aren't bragging or showing off. You are using the power of community to reach a goal. And there is nothing wrong with that.