When I was first pregnant, I knew I needed to find a way to work out that wouldn’t put too much stress on my body. So I joined the YMCA that a friend of mine went to and we swam together 3 times a week. It was great. We challenged each other to keep moving for the full 30 minutes, we shared water, and we occasionally shared toiletries! Workout partners can be a really great tool in getting our physical bodies in shape.
But there are other methods of accountability for physical health, which is welcome news to anyone who just joined a gym and discovered that all her friends joined that other gym. I like to use rewards. I think rewards are a great accountability tool for physical health. Say that once you’ve worked out 10 times in 2 weeks, you’ll buy those weight lifting gloves. Because after 10 workouts, you probably need them! Or once you’ve lost 10 pounds, you’ll buy some cute new workout gear.
If you don’t want to spend money on a reward, you don’t have to. Maybe your reward is spending 30 minutes in the sauna or hot tub after an hour long workout. Or you decide to give yourself a luxurious foot soak and pedicure at home after working out 20 times in a month. Or you decide to buy an entire season of your favorite TV show and watch it while you do cardio. Rewards can be an excellent form of accountability – treat yourself well today!