Behavior Change: What the Research Tells Us

by: Erin Nitschke, MS, EdD

Humans aren’t strangers to change. We take U-turns, cancel dinner plans and reschedule business meetings. If these kinds of change are so easy, then why is it so hard to change behaviors, habits or patterns?

Mostly, it’s because human behavior is complex and mystifying. People struggle to “unlearn” old habits and replace them with new behaviors. But once behavioral changes evolve into new habits, they become instinctive. Igniting change in clients requires honoring the complexities of behavior and recognizing the efforts required to repattern a lifestyle.

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Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 6

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About the Author

Erin Nitschke, MS, EdD

Erin Nitschke, MS, EdD IDEA Author/Presenter

Professionally, I served as the Director of Health and Human Performance for a near decade at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming. I instructed courses in exercise science, physical education, and personal training. I am a writer, a fitness blogger, & higher education instructor for Laramie County Community College, Western Wyoming Community College, Northwest Community College, and the University of Wyoming. I have over 14 years of experience in personal training as well as adult education and instructional design. I believe in the power of a holistic approach to healthy living. Living an active and healthy lifestyle is not defined or limited by physical stamina, muscle size, or outward appearance. An active and healthy lifestyle is multifaceted and requires commitment and balance in all aspects of personal wellness. Being fit means finding an equilibrium between the physical, social, intellectual, environmental, occupational, and spiritual dimensions of personal well-being. I am personally and professionally dedicated to teaching students and clients how to achieve such balance through learning and focused skill development. It’s not simply about “hitting the gym”; it’s about discovering inner strength, harnessing personal potential, and exercising the courage to pursue a meaningful goal. Educational Background: B.S. – Exercise and Sport Science M.S. – Kinesiology and Health – Health Education/Health Promotion Ed.D. – Adult and Post-Secondary Education NSCA-CPT – National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist ACE Health Coach Precision Nutrition - Pn1