How to Use Social Media for Accountability
Getting fit requires a lot of courage. Many people who start an exercise program quit within a few weeks. This can be very disheartening and can actually prevent them from future attempts at fitness.
It is fear of failure, and it is completely understandable. “Why should this time be any different?” we ask ourselves. “I’ll just fail again. I should just save myself the effort and embarrassment.”
But one of the reasons that so many people fail at fitness is because they do not set up the proper support systems. Accountability is a powerhouse of motivation. Accountability will get you up and moving when nothing else can.
Accountability is critical for success
What is fitness accountability?
Fitness accountability is simply drawing others into your fitness journey. It is having other people involved with you as you journey along the sometimes rocky road to losing weight, getting strong and becoming healthy.
The power of accountability comes from the fact that other people are watching you. They know if you succeed or fail. They care if you succeed or fail. There is something about going public with your fitness intentions that increases the likelihood that you will meet your goals and come out a winner. And the more public you go, the greater that likelihood is.
Social media is one of the best places to go public with your fitness. Facebook and Twitter are two outlets where you can find instant accountability. And once you put your fitness plans and goals out on those social feeds, you will have a lot of people to answer to.
Your first post on Facebook and Twitter should be a general announcement regarding your goals. Just mention that you are going to start a fitness plan. Offer an invitation to others who may want to join you—just tell them that you would like to have some accountability partners if anyone is interested.
You may have a few friends who want to join you. But even if you do not, that is fine. You can still use your social media outlets for accountability.
Once each week, post an update about the progress you are making and your goals for the upcoming week. You might say something like, “Was able to work out four days this week, and I only had dessert twice. Next week I am going to try for five days of exercise and no dessert at all!” Be sure to follow up each week with updates and goals. You will probably have people asking you how you are doing, encouraging you when you come up short of your goals and cheering you on.
The effect on your own personal fitness will be massive, because the accountability will generate great motivation and momentum for you. Your odds of success will sky rocket