Friends do make you accountable but there are other ways. Try signing up for a 5k run and see if you aren’t motivated to start working out for it. Each branch of the military has regular fitness tests for their service members and that is one of the reasons why service members workout so much. Do you think that is a coincidence? Many of them start seriously working out about six weeks prior to their test in order to raise their score. I’m not saying that’s the best way to work out, but I am saying the date on the calendar does provide motivation.
Another way is to put money on the line–a lot of it. Give the cash to somebody else and tell them if you don’t meet your goal then they have to give it away. Or burn it. Or spend it on something you hate.
Contributors: Ryan Barnum from Achieving Family Goals