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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!


In this stage you are seriously considering change, but not ready quite yet.  Next step is planning, so make sure you don’t jump into action too soon!

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!



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RivalHealth is a fitness-based wellness platform that engages employees with daily exercise and nutrition activities and sustains engagement through social interaction, challenges, incentives and outcomes.