The Five Stages of Exercise Adoption
Phase out heart disease danger by phasing in exercising.“What fits your extremely busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead twenty four hours a day?”
According to the American Heart Association, “Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease.” Fortunately, regular exercise can reduce the risk factor for heart disease and have many other benefits, including:
- Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase energy levels
- Strengthen bones
- Reduce body fat
- Reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression
- Improve sleep
What Stage Are You In?
At this stage you are not even thinking about exercise and have no intention of becoming more active. Moreover, you are most likely not even reading my book, Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss Is All In Your Head!
Not a very good stage to be at!
You are thinking about exercise, but are not engaging in it. The brain is firing up neurotransmitters in the brain causing you to stay in a comfort zone. The key is to focus on the outcome of your goal. If you are fearful you are mostly likely to revert back. If you are empowered by thinking of the outcome, you are most likely to be empowered.
You are reading an exercise book, magazine or have purchased an exercise DVD, and are most likely to apply its concept. There is not a time frame in this stage, as you are the one to make a choice to start.
You are getting ready to start an activity or are exercising on occasion, but it is still a new habit. At this phase, you are applying the exercise principles to overcome obstacles tempting you to revert back to old habits. You are ready to step-up and increase activity level.
At this stage, you are overcoming any obstacle. It starts at week 3 or 4 from beginning of behavior changes.
You are exercising regularly for at least 12 weeks, and it has become a ritual. This phase is a good phase to be at and you are most likely to stick with it.
You have a ritual of exercising that is longer than 6 months. All new habits are now automatic. It is a part of you to be healthy and fit.
It is now your second nature; it is “automatic.” It’s a new you! This is the best stage to be at.
Nordine Zouareg is a former Mr. Universe, an International Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss is All in Your Head! For more information, visit: www.NordineZ.com