In my experience, many personal trainers concentrate too much on the physical aspects of nutrition and training while neglecting the psychological elements which are important to successful health and fitness achievement.
As legendary baseball coach and manager Yogi Berra wisely proclaimed, "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical." Although sports psychology is big business these days in professional sports, the importance of a psychological component is often underestimated for the millions of dieters, exercisers and weight trainers trying to get into shape for general health and fitness. When it's all boiled down, the two fundamental skills required to build a fit, healthy and attractive body are:
- A reliable knowledge or access to reliable advice on nutrition and physical activity and exercise principles, and,
- The motivation to put that knowledge into practice.
The Five Steps to Behavioral Change:Psychologists recognize five stages of change. Try to apply this thinking to your life, especially if you have ever wished to make positive changes in your life yet could not quite make it happen. That includes just about all of us.
1. Pre-contemplationIn this early stage, a person is not aware of the need to change behavior. This is clearly not you because by reading this article you signal your interest of at least the possibility that your behavior may need to change.
2. ContemplationIn this second stage, a person reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of change. This may be the stage at which many readers of this article find themselves.
3. PreparationWhen "changers" reach this stage, they are usually in the process of preparing concrete plans for change. As noted throughout this article, planning and preparation are crucial to achieving goals.
4. ActionThis is the stage at which you are fully processing your plan. As a result, your behavior is changing or has changed to achieve your goals.
5. MaintenanceThis is the crucial stage where you decide to continue the new behavior or to relapse to former behavior. Many people will recognize this to be the stage where it all goes wrong. You’ve put a lot of energy into getting to this point but you just cannot keep it going. You need a specific plan for this possibility as well.
“Self Talk” Keeps You on Track. The psychotherapists call this “cognitive therapy" or "rational emotive therapy.” It means developing a reasoning argument or a challenge in your head for why you should do or think positive. You should not indulge behavior that you know is destructive or counterproductive. For example, you might challenge the idea that you’ve always been unfit and overweight, and that you will never have an attractive, healthy body. Challenging this perception with positive thoughts gives you the energy to change. When it comes to the maintenance phase, you need tools like this to help you build a pattern of behavior and living that will gradually build stability into your new way of doing things.
As a trainer, it’s a great feeling to solve the fitness motivation puzzle for an individual. Some will thrive on competition with peers while others may need a reward to maintain their focus. But no matter what, an individual’s motivation is as unique as their personality. Dangling the proverbial carrot in front of someone only works if they’re hungry! Finding the motivation to keep our fitness routine going can be a real challenge,but it’s well worth the effort. In my opinion it's always best to hire a professional fitness trainer when attempting to make a lifestyle change as it pertains to fitness. I wouldn't go with the young hot trainer either boy's and girl's. Look for someone with a little mileage under their belt. In other words don't be a new trainers guinea pig ! Good Luck...
Don't Quit !
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