How to Start a Healthy Habits Accountability Group

Hitting the reset button on unhealthy habits is something that doesn’t have to wait until the first of the new year. Setting up your own accountability group can be super-easy and help you stick with your goals.

Life can catch up with us at any time, leaving us feeling stuck in unhealthy cycles when it comes to the foods we eat, how active we are, or how much time we devote to self-care.

If you’re ready for a reset, you could find a costly program to join that will keep you accountable, or you can create your own group of supportive, like-minded people who will look out for each other as you work toward your goals. Here are a few ideas to start a healthy habits accountability group.

1) Starting an Online Accountability Group

Because so many people are now connected through social media, there are several platforms that can be used for accountability’s sake. Facebook groups or message streams are great ways to gather people together for a common goal. The space can be personalized and communication between members is easy to navigate.

2) Planning Regular, In-Person Gatherings

As opposed to (or in addition to) online groups, real-life gatherings can foster connection and support. MeetUp.com is one website where people with common interests can plan in-person events. Otherwise, an email stream with your close friends can keep everyone in the loop about the next meeting of minds.

The possibilities are endless with in-person gatherings. You could choose to center the meet-up around the established goal. For example, a “clean eating” group could convene for a food demo and an exercise-centered group could try out a new activity together. Or, keep things laid back to check in with how everyone’s progress is coming along. Meeting face-to-face can create meaningful connections and solidify friendships.

3) Incentivizing Participation in the Group

Reaching the goals that members originally set for themselves can sometimes be enough of a reward, but offering an incentive for participating is a great way to keep people involved in an accountability group.

The incentive should match with the group’s mission, however. For instance, it probably wouldn’t be great to treat people who have successfully cut back on refined sugar for a month to an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar.

Incentives can be tangible, like a cash raffle, a book or resource on a related topic, or a gift card. They could also be more abstract, like a final blowout event to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.

4) Switching up Who is in Charge

If you are interested in starting an accountability group, maintain realistic expectations about what duties you can manage. Tag in another friend to share the organizational tasks of maintaining the group, or switch roles with someone halfway through your goal period, so having too much on your plate doesn’t negate the positive effects of the healthy changes you’re making.

Related at Care2

Photo credit: Thinkstock

30 comments

Paulo R
Paulo Reeson1 months ago

ty

SEND
Paulo R
Paulo Reeson1 months ago

ty

SEND
One Heart i
One Heart inc1 months ago

Thanks!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

SEND
Toni W
Toni W1 months ago

TYFS

SEND
Toni W
Toni W1 months ago

TYFS

SEND
Janet B
Janet B1 months ago

Thanks

SEND
Winn A
Winn A1 months ago

Noted

SEND
Kelsey S
Kelsey S1 months ago

Thanks

SEND
Lenore K
Lenore K1 months ago

ok

SEND
Stephanie s
Stephanie s1 months ago

Thank you

SEND