I’ve gone to the gym more in the past two weeks than I have in the previous three months combined.
I hurt my knee back in August at Burning Man (I know, I know – a Burning Man injury isn’t exactly dignified), and other than a few yoga classes and a couple of hikes, I had stopped working out since.
My knee has been better for awhile now, but I’d created a new habit – a sedentary one.
Two weeks ago I went to a dinner party where I struck up a conversation with two people I didn’t know. The conversation turned to exercise and I lamented how completely unmotivated I felt to set foot inside the gym.
One of the guys I was talking to immediately suggested we agree to work out at least once before the following Monday. Monday was 5 days away and I still cringed at the thought of committing to a single workout in that time.
But the other dinner guest chimed in that was a great idea and I begrudgingly agreed. Since that night, we have a group text where we report our workout activity. Now we’ve all committed to twice a week, and I’m already ahead of schedule and earning extra credit for this week!
It’s a phenomenon I’ve observed in my own coaching practice as well as in other areas of my life – sometimes you need a stranger to hold you accountable.
These guys don’t want to hear my excuses about how busy I am and how the day got away from me and on and on and on. And frankly, it’d be too embarrassing to even try to justify to them not meeting our modest collective goal.
And so, thanks to some virtual strangers I am back on track with working out.
Is there something you’ve been neglecting to do? Could you use some accountability?
Find a buddy to answer to, and make it happen!
We got this!