Imagine you had a heart attack.
Right here, right now. The chest pain gripping you; squeezing like a vice. Left shoulder starting to ache. A shortness of breath has you clutching at your throat.
Don't worry, it’s all good because you survive - no harm done.
But it was a bit of a shock wasn’t it?!
You’d think you’d do your best to not have it happen again. A glimpse of death tends to push us to make changes.
You’d think so...
I came across this frightening snippet over the weekend.
“Only 41% of people who were given free preventative medications following their heart attack were still taking them 1.5 years later.”
59% of people WEREN’T taking their FREE medication (literally a few pills a day) even AFTER they had a heart attack (meaning they were on the path to another).
It’s enough to give doctors nightmares.
These results show us how hard behaviour change is. Human beings, even when faced with knowledge, and in this case coupled with a very real glimpse at mortality, struggle to maintain even the easiest of behaviour changes.
No wonder it’s so hard to stick to your diet and exercise program.
As a personal trainer, the ins and outs of exercise and nutrition are important but pale in comparison to behaviour change.
Over the next 5 years (or however long it takes), I’ll be working towards my Masters degree in Coaching Psychology at Sydney Uni.
And I feel this is where I’ll be able to stay ahead of the industry.
In the information age you can get workouts, diet plans and pretty learn anything you’d need to know about getting fit and healthy online.
But actually doing it?
Changing your beliefs and habits
Strengthening your willpower and discipline
Growing your self-awareness and confidence
That’s the magic.
Combine THAT stuff with proper exercise and nutrition and you’ll be unstoppable.
P.S. You can read the article here