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I ask you, who do you think would hold you more accountable to a goal in your life, a friend or a professional? To follow-up with that question, can a professional hold you more accountable but a friend would make it more likely for you to succeed in achieving your goal? Now that you’re thinking about it, professionals and friends both have many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to holding you accountable.

It’s a professional’s job to hold you accountable. That’s what you pay them for. Say you are looking to lose 10 lbs. You pay a personal trainer to give you tips, guidance, and most importantly, hold you accountable everyday to make sure you stay on track. You are paying them to give you 1 on 1 attention. They have the expert knowledge that demands respect. You look to them because they have helped others in the past and you want shed those extra pounds like they did. The problem might be that they are not very friendly. They may be disengaged and look at you as a component of their job and not as a real person trying to better their health. Also, at the end of the month, you can rack up a large bill because of their expertise and experience.

On the other hand, a friend holding you accountable to achieving your personal goal would be the complete opposite of a professional. They would be engaged and truly want to help you succeed. Your friend would not be motivated by money and look at you as part of their paycheck, but as a real person. What’s in it for them? They get the personal satisfaction of living through you as you achieve your goal. They get to watch as you continue to grow with their aid, and when you achieve your goal, they get just as much joy as you do. But there must be a downside, right? With a friend, you don’t get that expertise and guidance that only a professional can give you. If your plan of losing 10 lbs. isn’t working and you don’t know why, your friend won’t know either.

So you have to ask yourself, who would hold me accountable to the right extent so that I am most likely to achieve my personal goal?

The good thing about that choice, is that the mobile app GoalSponsors is able to help you. This app helps you succeed in achieving your personal goal. It gives you the option to choose a professional or friend as your accountability buddy depending on what helps you the most. The best part about it is that if one doesn’t seem to be helping you the way you hoped, you can change at any time. Also, if you choose a professional accountability buddy to aid you in achieving your goal, you can also have the benefits of using a friend to give you what a professional lacks. We have designed this app to be the best of both worlds when it comes to accountability so that you are the most likely to succeed!

For more information or if you’d like to give it a try, contact support@goalsponsors.com.

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Have you ever been driving along the road and noticed the fit jogger working up a sweat while listening to music? I can’t help but be a little envious of their body and motivation. I always assumed that the only reason to run was to get in shape. I found out that there’s much more too it which leads me to respect people who run and exercise.

Besides making you look great, exercise can also help you in many other ways. To start, exercise can improve you quality of life. Research says it can add years to your life, probably due to the fact that it can help prevent diseases like colon and breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Exercise also provides more concrete physical results. This is what helps me continue to exercise on a regular basis. It’s hard to use the fact that exercise helps prevent disease as daily motivation. Instead, it’s great to see a reduction or stability (depending on what exercise you’re doing) in your weight. Also, noticing a difference in strength and toned body parts helps make all the hard work worth it. Since we naturally compare ourselves to our friends, when I notice that I have more stamina than my friend who is approximately the same age and build, it gives me an increase in my self-esteem.

Another great benefit for exercise is for all of those who are too stressed and lack the energy after a hard day at work. Exercise not only increases energy because it makes your body become more efficient at burning calories, but it also reduces your stress levels by taking your mind off of your daily “grind” and use your energy for productive purposes.

So if you’re not convinced on the importance and benefits of exercise, I suggest just giving it a try, and once you notice the results, you’ll be a believer. Research says that a beginner should exercise around 3 days a week (aerobic) while an experienced person should exercise around 200 minutes a week with no more than an hour-long session (also aerobic). It is also very important not to start exercising, then stop for a while, and then start back up again.¬†Consistency¬†is key to seeing and feeling results.

Having trouble finding the motivation to exercise regularly? Check out next weeks blog!