There would be very few people in the western world who would not want to change one aspect of their health. From reducing weight to moving well, we want to change and most importantly, make that change “stick”.
Take activity as an example. We roughly know the drill; move more, sit less. However in 2012, nearly 70% of Australian adults (i.e. almost 12 million people) were either sedentary or had low levels of physical activity. 70%! So even though we know we should move, we don’t. Why? Everyday we hear people explain that they have tried on many occasions to exercise more but they tend to slowly fall off the bandwagon.
Why is change so hard?
As we discussed in our “Creating Change” blog, to create a change, you must first be unhappy / disillusioned with your current behaviour or the consequences from it. If it is not important to you personally, then you will not have the internal motivation needed to create the change you would like to see.
Secondly, it is important to recognize that change is a process rather than a single event and we will often have little setbacks when times become tough (perhaps due to time pressures, motivation levels, fatigue etc). This is inevitable. However success comes about from the ability to recognize these setbacks and best determine how to work around the obstacles. This is an extremely challenging process because habits are deeply ingrained. Unless earnestly focused upon these behaviour’s tend to go unnoticed and we slowly slip back to our starting point.
What can help you create sustainable change?
There are many tools, when used in conjunction with each other that can help regulate the behaviors you want to change and help monitor the progress. These can include:
- Self regulation through monitoring/charting progressions and regressions
- Rewarding your good behaviours (with healthy/fun rewards)
- Goal setting – allows specific focus
- Objective assessment to determine if improvements are made
- Use of prompts to initiate healthy behavior
- Social support from close friends and family to influence change, including joining in with the good behaviours, motivation or positive reinforcement.
- Support from an unbiased outsider (trainer, allied health professional) to aid in motivation and constructive feedback and positive reinforcement.
- Provision of relevant up to date health information to empowered individuals to make effective behavioural change i.e: the kilojoule content of alcohol and the health benefits of different type of alcohol beverages
- Problem based learning – identifying personal issues and education around solving them ie: time management techniques
At iNform we have seen a range of individuals change their health behaviours and reap the rewards of a happy and healthy life. We have noticed that the successful clients had all compiled these three facets in some way. This has inspired us to create iNform LIFE, a holistic lifestyle program aimed at improving individual’s health and wellness. We place the focus on helping clients adhere to their individual goals whilst educating them in current research in the areas of food, exercise, sleep and stress
The iNform life program gives you access to:
- Individualised online training programs with detailed descriptions and images.
- Weekly educational material based on client’s needs and wants, to help drive self management
- Support and contact time to talk directly with your Exercise Physiologist
- Weekly reports of your food, exercise, sleep and stress choices
- Goal setting and tracking support
- Fitness and strength testing to help track progressions
- Interesting and informative health and fitness blogs
If you would like to know more about this 8 week program please call iNform on 84312111 or email us on [email protected]