Hey Radio Free family,
Today, I want to walk you through the five phases of human behavior when it comes to changing for the better in the realm of life fitness. I learned the framework of this concept when I received my first major training certification from Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Although I’ve moved on to higher certifications, this concept is the staple behind many of my fitness presentations. Once you read the phases, identify where you are and push yourself into the phase.
The first phase is pre-contemplation. This is where getting in shape is the furthest thing in your mind. If the subject is brought up in your social circles, you avoid it at all cost. You quickly try to change gears to subjects that fit your current state. You might even fight back verbally with statements like; “I’m happy the way I am,” “My boo loves me just the way I am,” “I’ m naturally thick,” or “What does it matter we all will die someday.” Don’t believe a person at this stage because if they could get fit at the snap of a finger they would do just that. This type of person is not happy, but is content with the status quo due to the overwhelming obstacles that life brings. (I.e. spouse, kids, employment or lack there of)
The second is the contemplation phase. This is where a person desires to change for the better but has no direction how to get to the process. They listen in on conversations with friends but can seem to fully digest what is being said. They casually glance a fitness magazine or website, but cannot yet comprehend the work it takes to change their lifestyle. They may even call a fitness facility and quickly hang up when they hear a voice. There is still some reserve but the mind is starting to change.
The third phase is called the preparation phase. Here, we are planning our way into the next step. You are now trying to educate yourself. In your social circles, one may be fully engaged in the conversation of fitness. You may ask different people about what diet they are trying or what method of fitness worked for them. This time, when you call the local fitness center you talk the trainer to get pertinent details as to how the facility will help you accomplish your goal. Some may even buy clothing or workout videos to help push them into the next phase.
The fourth stage is the most dangerous. In the action phase there are so many things that can go wrong initially. Some people dive in uneducated and push themselves too hard causing them to quit. Others may get injured from lack of knowledge and poor form. The worst is intimidation from the surrounding atmosphere of gym and feeling unworthy of being there. This can be discouraging for most people. It is important to start slow. Don’t kill yourself your first day. Focus on your own journey or ask an approachable person similar to you about their journey. Work out with people you trust or find a good trainer that will guide you through the process of fitness.
The fifth and final stage is the maintenance phase. It is the most important phase. You’ve found your groove and worked very hard to get fit. Many reach their goals and become complacent shortly after, quickly falling back to old habits and eventually returning to the unhealthy lifestyle of before. The key is staying at it. It is not about working hard; it is about working smart. This is the time to experiment with new methods of fitness to keep your body challenged to avoid a plateau. This is where your credibility in your journey is established. Many people following your journey, whether you know it or not, are not impressed with you reaching your goal. If you want to leave an impression or a blue print for someone else that may need it you have to maintain it. Most important this is the phase that allows you to better enjoy life and leaves a legacy for your family and friends to follow.
You don’t have to be a fighter to feel like one. So let’s train!