Over the last month, we have been discussing the stages of change and how you can implement them into a healthy lifestyle and become your own personal trainer. We have reached the end stages and the last of this series. Remember from last post that I broke down some costs of preparation for home workouts, now we are discussing maintenance and lapse.
As a refresher the stages of behavioral change are: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and lapse. I’m going to break down the stages and talk about how you can work through them and be your own personal trainer!
You have reached your goal and had success and now you reevaluate your goals and work to keep your new belief and habit.
Maintenance seems like such a boring word for something so important; like reaching your goal! I like empowered because I feel that once you get to this stage you have the power to continue on your own and even if you suffer a lapse you know what it takes to complete your goal.
When you experience a lapse or an oops I fell off the plan, you should never punish yourself. Instead re-evaluate your SMART goals and get back on your action. EVERYONE will have a lapse or multiple lapses. It’s part of the growing process.
Sometimes it helps to think about how children learn something new, can a child tie their shoes the first time or do they need practice? Can you learn to ride a bike or skateboard without practice? Are you going to fail; oops I mean fall?
When you make change you need to practice and when you lapse you have to keep moving forward. Change is not easy but it is necessary.
Here are all the stages of change that a personal trainer would use to assess a client on her weight loss goal. If you are informed and educated about change then not only can you guide your own healthy lifestyle but a positive productive life too! I’ve had to learn how to use my fitness knowledge in other parts of my life, but I think it’s starting to work. Change is good and healthy.
Contemplation= “thinking about it”
Preparation= “seek opportunities but have inconsistent behavior”
be fit, have fun
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