Accountability Your Way

Be the strong, silent type or the strong, shout-it-loud-and-proud type – or both!


Well, it’s March and spring is only days away. This month always holds a special place for me. More than just my birthday, the cherry blossoms will bloom soon! It’s a time for new beginnings in all the colors of Spring. It’s time to get out and get moving!!

As I was doing research for this month’s article (yes, I do research!!), I came across various media (e.g., written articles, YouTube videos, Instagram posts, etc.) that talk about different styles of accountability. While I can and do relate to most of what I write for this column, it can be said that accountability applies to anything you trying to focus on, well beyond fitness.

The silent approach – Internalizing

There seems to be a current trend for the silent approach. Yes, technically it means not telling anyone what your plan is, but it doesn’t have to mean you lack commitment or focus. It has more to do with trying to be subtle about your fitness goals and keep them behind the scenes away from the prying eyes of the world. This form of accountability is rooted in self- discipline, consistency, and an intense desire for self-improvement. This is the approach that I have used over the years (excluding writing fitness articles of course).  Setting realistic goals, creating a consistent and structured workout routine, and adhering to a balanced diet are promises we can make to ourselves. It's the internal dialogue that pushes us to lace up our running shoes on a rainy day or opt for a nutritious meal when tempted by less wholesome choices. Silent accountability relies on the principle that change occurs when you’re dedicated and ready. I have kept a nutrition journal and fitness calendars for years and these help me focus and allow me to adjust my routines and processes however I see fit.

Tell people your plan – Externalizing or loud accountability

 On the other hand, including people in your plan and/or goals adds a social dimension to your fitness journey. Sharing your goals, progress, and setbacks with a broader community, to include friends and family, will serve as an external source of motivation and encouragement. Announcing your fitness plans and your journey to the world creates a sense of responsibility. Social media platforms, fitness groups, or workout classes are examples of environments where loud accountability flourishes. The fear of disappointing your network can be a very compelling force because it obliges you to stay committed to fitness/nutrition objectives.

For most, the key to a successful fitness journey is finding the balance between these two forms of accountability. Silent obligations (silent approach) build the foundation of personal discipline (if you are big on self-motivation, journaling or developing a plan), while loud accountability harnesses the strength of community support. You can shape a combination of both styles to work best for you. Just create a plan and follow through. Whether it's the quiet determination within or the loud cheers from your support network, let the more subtle silent approach and loud accountability propel you toward a healthier you.

As always, come back each month for new fitness ideas and if you have one you’d like me to address, I’m at


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