“I want to be healthy.” “I want to be fit.” “I want to be toned.” “I want to have energy.”
All of these are great ideals, but what do they mean? These statements represent the most common reasons why my clients hire me. The problem is they are too vague and therefore hard to accomplish. Your version of being healthy is likely different from my version of healthy. Depending on your age, being fit can also have different meanings.
- Have you ever gotten specific about what your health goals really mean to you?
- What does being fit allow you to do that isn’t happening now?
- What really is fit compared to your current condition?
As a Corrective Exercise Specialist and personal trainer, I assess a client’s movement patterns to determine what muscle groups are tight and weak. That assessment is objective to determine which areas of the body to stretch and strengthen as a baseline. What it does not tell me is why are you coming to see me in the first place. An in-depth conversation about your daily habits at work and home is extremely important to find out why you move in the manner you do. The most vital aspect to our conversation is determining why you are standing in front of me in the first place.
Stripping down the layers of a client’s reasons for wanting to invest their time and money in my services goes beyond doing squats and elevating their heart rate. Embarking on a journey to change a person’s health is an emotional one. Of the two reasons why people change, inspiration or desperation, desperation is the cause 95% of the time. Getting a person to divulge this information is crucial to setting expectations, program adherence, and building a long-term relationship for success. A person’s health history is fraught with disappointments, pain, failures, and embarrassing experiences. You didn’t wake up this morning in your current condition, it happened over months and years.
I have been in the fitness industry since 2008 and have helped clients achieve a variety of goals. All have their own stories that mean a lot to that person. Goals and the why often change as we dig deeper into what truly is important to changing their lives. What starts as “I want to be fit,” morphs into “I want to compete in a triathlon.” “I want to have energy,” becomes “I want to play on the ground with my granddaughter and not have problems getting up after five minutes.” “I want to be healthy,” truly is “I am tired of being in pain and not playing tennis to the level I know I can.”
Get personal with yourself about your current situation. Maybe you haven’t admitted to yourself or significant other that you’re embarrassed for not properly rehabbing a past injury, and now your whole body hurts each time you walk up the stairs. The cumulative injury cycle has caught up with you over the past three years. It is easy to say, “I want to be more fit,” not “my twisted ankle still hurts, and I have pain in my hips each time I pick up a case of water at the store.”
So, what is it? What do you really want to change about your health? Maybe you are tired of being on blood pressure and cholesterol medications at the age of 42. You know your balance is terrible and a fall will break more than a hip at the age of 62. Your back hurts and you’re 40 pounds overweight at 52. You really want to do adventure vacations and can’t walk more than a block without needing to rest for 10 minutes. You’re turning 35 and feel 55 because you partied the last 15 years and suddenly have an unexpected child on the way. All these reasons are valid and can be helped with a specialist like me.
I’m giving you an opportunity for a free consultation, regardless of what your true health outcomes are. It’s free and confidential. Nobody is currently winning in your situation, so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Let me help you get an idea on the process needed to change your life and make the most out of where you want to go and what you want to be. No judgement, I promise, only realistic answers to the questions you have been afraid to ask. Email me, Matt Peale, at email@example.com. Put “Healthy” in the subject line so I know you read my blog. We will schedule a Zoom or phone call conversation to ease your mind and give you some facts to work with. I guarantee you will feel better with the knowledge you receive after a 15-minute conversation.