I nickname them the “Resolutionists”. These are the new members who are determined to get healthy in the New Year. They sign up with high hopes in January. Do you ever notice their attitude changes and they show up less and less when February rolls around? It’s a typical atmosphere for many facilities in the New Year. We can help keep these clients on the right track throughout the year. According to an article on globalnews.ca “An Ipsos survey found that eight in 10 Canadians have failed to keep resolutions, as people cited a lack of willpower, motivation or drive as the most common obstacles.” Often the problem is that people expect quick change and have unrealistic expectations. Here are some ways we can help our clients:
1) Be Realistic from the Start: Clients often have the goal of losing weight. What is it specifically they need to do in order to facilitate that change? Often they lack a clear picture of what it takes in order to lose that weight. They can’t expect change to happen overnight.
2) Help Create an Action Plan: People need specific goals to work towards. For example: A client wants to lose 15lbs. You need to help write out a time line in order to achieve that end goal. How many days per week do they need to dedicate in order to achieve this? This may take three months to achieve it. Dietary changes need to be discussed as well.
3) Short Term Tasks: When you want to create long term success, help achieve short term goals. Break down these goals in to tasks. The goal may be to increase time on the treadmill from 10-15 minutes in the course of a month. This is an achievable task.
We need to help our clients create a step by step outline. Creating a meaningful change takes consistent effort over time. Set realistic expectations with your client. There’s no reason why we can’t encourage those “resolutionists” to continue making goals all year round. Long term success happens when a client achieves short term goals.
Here’s to your health!