This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Vida. All opinions are my own.
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? A common resolution that everyone adds to their list is to make healthier choices. Some of those choices stick, but many of them fall by the wayside. Did you know that 80% of people that get a gym membership in January stop going by February?! I have a feeling the numbers are pretty similar for eating healthier too.
Don't let those numbers discourage you from making a decision to live healthier in the New Year though. You can be one of the people that follows through on your resolutions. Here's the key though – accountability. Most people forget to build accountability into their goals and resolutions.
One way to hold yourself accountable to your goals is to get an accountability partner. You can find a friend or family member that wants to make similar changes and partner up with them. Each week you have to tell each other what you accomplished and where you fell short.
However, I know it's hard to find someone that is really on the same page as you when pursuing your goals. And if your accountability partner decides to give up on their goals, you're left stranded. So, here's what I suggest – find a health coach to hold you accountable.
Finding a health coach that is perfectly matched to you is getting easier and easier. One of the most convenient ways to get paired up with the right health coach is through the Vida app. I have been toying around with it because I've had my own accountability issues the last few months.
In addition to partnering you up with a health coach that's ideal for your situation, Vida has a very intuitive interface for you to track your daily activities and it even syncs up with your Fitbit or Apple Health data account so you can look at all of your data in one spot.
Through the Vida Health app, you can enter your daily exercise, food, water, stress, sleep and weight on a daily basis. By doing this, you can identify trends in your habits that you may want to change. Your health coach can look at this data too, which will help him or her provide a detailed plan for you.
When you first get started with Vida, I recommend choosing a health coach and then immediately setting up a or phone or video call with them. It helps to actually talk with your coach so you can get on the same page about your goals. The call only takes 20 minutes. From there, your health coach will provide a personalized plan to help you reach your goals. I chose Coach Melisa as I felt her profile best matched my needs.
When I talked to Coach Melisa, we came up a long term goal I wanted to focus on, which is to feel better overall, exercise regularly and get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. To meet that long-term goal, we came up with 3 goals for me to accomplish this week. I need to exercise 3 times in the next week, research online exercise programs I can do at home while the kids are on Christmas break and get to bed at 11 pm. It helps to break the long-term goal down into measurable short-term goals.
It's important for you to log your activities each day into Vida. Tracking your activities is a great way to hold yourself accountable to the plan your health coach puts together for you. If you know you'll have to write down that you ate a bunch of junk, you're less likely to indulge. If you know that your health coach is going to see that you skipped your workouts all week, you're more likely to make sure you complete them.
Another great feature is that you can text your coach at any time through the app. So if you're really struggling one day and want advice, you can send your coach a quick message and they can get back with you when they have a free moment. Coach Melisa has been very responsive – she told me that you can expect a same-day response from her.
Out of all of the health accountability apps I'v tried, I've found Vida to be very intuitive and easy to use. I like how it integrates tracking features with health coaching. It seems like that is a very natural fit. One of my favorite features is that it does sync with my Fitbit so I only have to enter data in one place. I'm all about simplification!
If you're looking for a last minute holiday gift that you don't have to ship or want to treat yourself, consider giving the gift of health with Vida. It's available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. If you want to check it out first, you get your first week free with the Vida app!