Are you the kind of person who lets yourself “off the hook” too easily when it comes to staying healthy?  Find an accountability partner to keep you on track!

This is the third post in a five part series on the topic of how to stay healthy and keep good habits going all year.

What is an Accountability Partner?

Some of the really healthy, outcome-focused organizations I visited during my research for The Healthy Workplace are using peer-based partnerships to help their employees meet personal health and business goals.  “Accountability partnerships” as they are sometimes referred to, are used in lots of settings, not just the workplace, to encourage individuals meet their goals.  These partnership might be between a coach and the person they are coaching, between colleagues, between friends or even between acquaintances.

The benefit of having an accountability partner is that they help you stay on track.  Rather than depend on yourself to eat better, exercise more, etc., you are accountable to someone else when you make commitments to be healthy.  It can make a world of difference, especially if that partner is cheering you on, and giving you “tough love” when you find yourself sliding into bad habits.

The key is to have a partner that you trust, and one who will keep you honest and moving on a path you set for yourself.

Here is a bit more on accountability partners in business if you’re interested.

What You Can Do

  1. Find someone you trust to be your accountability partner
  2. Talk to them about your healthy goals
  3. Get specific with them about actions you will want to take as well as consequences/rewards for taking or not taking them
  4. Set up regular check-in times (this can be a text message, no need to meet every time)
  5. Revisit your goals every once in a while to make sure they are attainable

Want more ideas for how to stay healthy?

How to Motivate Yourself to Stay Healthy

Use Peer Pressure to Stay Healthy

Best Health Apps to Motivate You

A Healthy Environment Can Nudge Behavior

Photograph of Leigh StringerLeigh Stringer is a workplace strategy expert and researcher.  She works for EYP, an architecture, engineering and building technology firm and is the author of The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.