I have a client who was doing great – motivated, progressing, etc. Suddenly, there are complications: she doesn’t “like” to sweat, she can’t jump because her arches hurt, she won’t work out on her own time anymore. She’s getting new shoes, which will hopefully address the issue of her sore arches (and therefore opening up new exercise opportunities during our sessions). However, she’s “bored” and wants to do other things. I’ve been working on the major muscle groups with her, using a variety of full-body exercises, along with more traditional strength and resistance training. She’s happy with her muscle tone and likes to see her progress there. Her current goal is weight loss.
Any ideas on how to motivate her? Any ideas on finding new “fun” exercises that she can do within these new limitations? It’s very frustrating because I feel like she’s her own worst enemy and needs to give a little (but not with pain), but I also want to make her happy and find things for her to do that she’ll enjoy.
Thank you for any advice!
Harris’ answer makes a group of sense. I think you have to get to know an individual a little better to find out what motivates and inspires him/her. In sports performance, weight loss, bettering the nutritional habits, and even improving your sleep pattern, the emotional issues that change these elements one way or the other plays a huge percentage it them. Sure the physical and mechanical habits from practice and routine can decrease the adverse effects that emotions bring to the table, it is the emotion that is always there, being bridged in all aspects of one’s life.