Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits continues to inspire with his recent post about getting leaner and fitter. He gives some solid tips on creating and sticking to a healthy routine. Most importantly,
> **Be accountable.** My training blog has been a great way for me to stay accountable for my exercise and eating — it’s very motivational. I highly recommend starting such a blog to keep yourself accountable. Online forums, such as the Zen Habits forums, are also good ways to stay accountable, especially if they have daily reporting threads where you can tell people what you ate and what exercise you did every day. Sites such as The Daily Plate, where you log your food and exercise and other people can look at your log and post comments, are also good accountability tools. If you don’t use one of these online tools, at least have a group of friends and family to whom you give updates on your training, in person or through email.
Accountability is arguably the most important part of staying on an exercise regime and maintaining a healthy diet. Leo mentions the web site The Daily Plate in his post. I checked it out and created an account for myself. There are paid “gold” accounts, but the basic account is free and provides everything you would ever need to track your diet and exercise goals. They have a comprehensive menu of food from basics that you cook at home to many menu items from popular chain restaurants, fast food and otherwise.
In addition to that, they have a huge list of activities and how many calories they burn. If your exercise consists of playing the accordion for an hour, then they’ve got the information you need. From 19th century dance to animal care to traditional weight lifting and cardio exercise, The Daily Plate has the calorie burning values for you.
But enough of the commercial. A simple summation of what I plan on doing is similar to Leo’s Unbelievable Lightness of Being rules. Zen Habits is a great site and well worth checking out. With tons of archives, there is something for everyone.