What are the top motivators for your clients to stick to their fitness commitments and how do you use these to help them?
Many people start a program with gusto and then after a couple of weeks, or perhaps months, fizzle out. Identifying their reasons for wanting to start in the first place helps. Then, how can we use this knowledge to help them overcome obstacles we know they will encounter?
It seems that I am fortunate to get clients when they are truly ready to commit to an active lifestyle.
As others have stated, it has to be an intrinsic desire. Outside motivators really do not work very well but I found one notable exception: GRANDCHILDREN! I often found clients to be very motivated to be there for the little ones and to maintain their health for their sakes.
Identifying top motivators is completely subjective. Everyone has his or her own compelling reason behind wanting to change.
It is up to us as fitness professionals through appreciative inquiry and motivation interviewing to identify the motivations behind why they want to adopt a healthful lifestyle.
Once we have that information, we can have them design a vision of who they want to be so that they have a road map of where they are going.
By doing this we can set goals in addition to assist them in planning strategies to utilize in the likely event that they will encounter obstacles.
Also- I think that many times new clients are given TOO much info or tasks to do in the beginning. I try to limit myslef to giving them only one or two new habits to focus on for 3 weeks. Once they feel like they've gotten a pretty good grasp on those habits and it's become pat of their life, then I'll add on one or two more. Since I started this I've noticed my clients sticking to my program because they don't feel overwhelmed.
Once we establish the why we work very hard at the how.
I nudge and remind them of their goals as we go, however, goals do and will change so we sit down and review quite often, re-set if we need and get back to it!
It can be over whelming and discouraging to many beginning the fitness journey which is why I have my cleints set SMART goals and stay focused on the moment rather than the past.
Finding our client's motivation should be a part of our intake or initial consultation and then from there, we use those motivations to keep our clients energized and "motivated" to continue along their road of health and fitness.
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