Updated: Jan 24, 2021
When you discussed your resolutions with your friends, did you declare a fitness-related resolution, like dropping or gaining weight, getting toned, increasing your strength, eating healthier meals, or something like running or walking more?
Did you already join an online fitness program, hired a virtual/in-home personal trainer, or thousands of dollars of equipment? Or, if they're open during the pandemic where you live, did make your way to the local gym or fitness boutique studio and sign-up for a membership? If you did, that’s fantastic! You’ve taken that first step.
In my personal training certification course, we learned about The Transtheoretical Model, which describes 5 stages of behavioural change.
Pre-contemplation – People don’t realize that they need to make a behaviour change.
Contemplation – Intention starts to develop, and people are thinking about making a change within the next 6 months.
Preparation – Small steps have already been undertaken, like purchasing equipment, creating a workout schedule, or booking an appointment with a nutritionist or fitness specialist, with the goal to take action in the next 30 days.
Action – In the last 6 months, you’ve been in the active process of making the change. You're already working out or following a meal-plan, for example.
Maintenance – The behaviour change has been maintained for at least 6 months.