With years of experience in the fitness industry and particularly with personal training, I am convinced that the key to optimal fitness results is being accountable. Whether it’s working with a personal trainer or a workout partner, or answering to a friend or family member in regard to your exercise or nutrition program, accountability is the key to success. Without it, it’s just too easy to slip back into the unhealthy lifestyles that get us into trouble in the first place. If you don’t comply with your fitness blueprint, you won’t get results, and if you don’t results, you bail out on your program. Check out the following study:
In a recent study at Virginia Polytechnic University, researchers divided people starting a walking program into two groups. Every week, each individual in one group got a phone call asking how their exercise program was coming along; the other group got no calls. At the end of 24 weeks, 45% of the individuals who got the phone calls were still walking compared to just 2% who did not receive calls. The results show that weekly accountability increases the likelihood of sticking to your exercise program by 2200%!