You know this couldn’t be my blog without me talking about working out/healthy living in some form or another.
Here we go…
Moms need to workout. They do. I’m not saying to lose weight or look great in that bikini, because really, no one is looking. (at least I’m not, I’m just trying to make sure my 3 littles have decided to not try to be sting rays at the bottom of the pool… not lying, it happened). Moms need to workout the same reasons everyone else does. It makes you feel better (endorphins? I heard working out creates endorphins, endorphins make people happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands… lol), it creates time for yourself, it helps you feel a sense of accomplishment, on top of all the other health benefits I’ll go into another time.
So how does a mom do it? I mean, we’re busy right? We have to schlep kids around, attend all the meetings, go to work, cook the dinner, clean the house, meet the people… you get it. Working out needs to be a priority. It’s never going to get easier than right now.
I’ve been in this profession for awhile now. Teaching PE for 13 years, owning my own business for almost 3… I’ve seen a lot. I’ve helped a ton of different clients, from students to busy moms, and they all share one common factor in their success in reaching their goals. You guessed it, ACCOUNTABILITY. It changes the game when you know someone else is watching out for your success.
People that know that other people are looking out for them to do their workouts are more likely to do them. I wish I knew why. Some people mean well, but their intrinsic motivation just isn’t there. “Most” people are people-pleasers, and they, themselves, want to feel cared about… like they matter. They don’t want to let someone down; especially someone that they respect or care about. And creating accountability creates the sense that someone is looking out for you to do this- it will make them happy for you, which will make you happy for you! Crazy how impactful human relationships can be!
I’m leading this online based run training right now. We don’t meet up during the week. We met in the beginning and we are all running a 5K together at the end. We have this Facebook group though that we all check in after we complete our training runs, and guess what! It’s working!! These moms are teachers, work from home, work out of the home, stay at home and are all training at different levels, but they are all finding success. Why? Because they know the group is waiting for them to check in every day. Every run. So many of them have said they would have given up by now, but they know the group is there watching for them. Accountability matters.
How do you find accountability?
- Run Groups- you can find free and paid run groups all around. Run Junkies, DNA, and FIT4MOM all offer great run programs for all levels of runners.
- Find a partner- Regardless of how you want to workout (Zumba, HIIT, Boot Camp, running, pilates, etc). find a partner that the two of you will commit to go together and stick with it. Text each other to check in and stay motivated together.
- Find a Small Group Fitness place- If you are the person that can’t work out at home (it’s hard for me to!), find a gym or studio that is going to know you by name every time you walk in the door. They will notice if you miss a few days or a week or two and should reach out to you. Plus, you’ll end up seeing the same people in class and that, in and of itself, is a great form of accountability. Find your tribe. They will build you up.
It’s easy for moms these days to find workout plans online and try to set up a plan to follow them. Some moms find great success in this. Others (like me), have great intentions that don’t always last. However, being part of a group- having a partner- having accountability is the key to making sustainable changes in your workout plan.
Who can you ask to be your accountability partner? I’m sure they are looking for you, too.