Over the last five years, since starting my Personal Training business, I’ve talked with hundreds of people about their health and fitness.
We’ve talked about weight loss. We’ve talked about diet and exercise. We’ve talked about frustration and failure.
It didn’t take long until I started to recognize a pattern.
Many of the people I was talking with had similar backgrounds and needs. They were saying a lot of the same things. Most were not new to working out. Some had exercised regularly for years, some had worked with trainers before.
Even if they didn’t quite know their way around a weight room or had trouble consistently making time for workouts, they generally knew how to exercise.
Of course any conversation I have with a client (or potential client) has to include the topic of nutrition. While some folks admitted they “didn’t know what to eat” most had a pretty good idea about what is healthy. (I mean, no one is surprised to hear eating vegetables is important).
The issue with eating was so often struggling to stick with it. A common problem was eating for convenience, being too tired or losing willpower and making poor choices.
In truth, almost everyone has an idea of what is and is not healthy. Spinach, healthy. Soda … not healthy. It’s not really that complicated.
So if I was meeting with hundreds of people and most of them had an idea of what exercise is and how to do it, as well as what is (and is not) healthy to eat … why were so many struggling to reach their goals?
Why did they need me?
One. Simple. Word. ACCOUNTABILITY.
Pretty much anything you want to know about diet and exercise you can find with a little time, energy and an internet connection. There are workout and meal plans available online for free.
The problem is not access to information. The problem is actually using that information. Doing it.
Life is hectic. None of us has extra time and we all wish we had more. Even if you know what to do, you still have to actually do it. And that is the hardest part.
What you need is not necessarily knowledge (although that is something I provide to all my clients as well) but you need accountability. Someone to check up on you, to ask the questions, to get you moving. That’s what I do.
I’m the little voice in your ear saying “eat your veggies” and “get your workout in!”
I am the appointment you won’t cancel but you won’t keep with yourself.
Working with a trainer or dietician is an investment, that is true. You have to put some skin (money) in the game or you’re likely to never find the time.
The missing link in your weight loss, health and fitness probably isn’t even diet or exercise. It’s accountability.