Free fitness accountability partner

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

Before I taught five to six cycle classes a week, I did an excellent job of getting to the gym at least four days a week. Now, I don't have a choice. Tired, hungry, Happy Hour? Forget about it. I'm on the schedule.

So you're thinking, 'That's great Rachel, but I'm not instructor'. No problem, I have the perfect solution for you! It's free, doesn't talk back yet always stares you down.

It's a calendar!

Before you reach through the computer screen and smack me, hear me out.

When I was training for my marathon, I made a schedule with Smart Coach on It printed me out a training program on a calendar which told me what days to run and how far. When I completed my run, I'd highlight the workout. But after a few weeks, I began writing in my other workouts on my days off from running.

I quickly began working out 20 plus days straight without even desiring to skip a day. It was so gratifying to look at the calendar everyday and see all I had accomplished not just that day but all the days leading up to it.

So when my coworker came to me asking about getting into better shape, I put together a calendar for her. She has it on her fridge and highlights every workout she completes. This is a woman who hasn't had a fitness routine in awhile, and she's so proud of herself and all her yellow highlight markings.

So if you're ready to get yourself on track, don't forget to print off a calendar and stick it on your fridge.

Happy training!