With the New Year just around the corner, many people are brainstorming resolutions for 2014. For some, this may be an annual tradition—pledging to make a serious change and finally lose that weight! For others, this may be a new undertaking—a lifestyle change that has been a long way coming.
No matter where you fall, it helps to understand how you make a change and how to sustain it!
According to the Stages of Change Model, there are 6 stages, each with unique strategies, that one goes through to make a successful change.
So you want to start exercising? Take a look at the stages of change you consciously (or subconsciously) go through!
You haven’t decided to make a change yet…you know exercise is healthy but do the benefits of exercise outweigh the hard work that comes with making a change!
Strategy: Educate yourself! Don’t just jump in—make a list of the pros and cons of exercising vs. staying sedentary! Once the pros outweigh the cons, you’ll realize that exercise is worth it!
Strategy: Figure out your barriers—what is stopping you from getting started? Commit to overcome these obstacles.
You’re committed and ready to take action within the next month.
Strategy: Make a plan! Where and when will you exercise? Do you need equipment? What will you do if you go out of town or in the event of inclement weather? What are 3 of your goals? Make a public commitment!
Just do it! Put your plan into action!
Strategy: Stick to your plan and reward yourself to sticking to it. Don’t worry about missing a day—this plan is for the long haul!
You’ve been sticking to your exercise plan for six months- you can do it!
Strategy: Learn from your mistakes—avoid them in the future. Enjoy the benefits of exercise!
Congratulations! You have eliminated your sedentary habits and created healthier ones! Give yourself a pat on the back!
Remember- don’t make a resolution that is impractical…be realistic, make a plan and stick to it!