For my second Fitness Friday post, I was inspired by a friend who recently decided to partake in weekly challenges. Her challenge this week was to go to the gym everyday. Her dedication was clearly evident, so much so on one occasion she went to the gym at 6:00am in the morning before work . Working out at that time is definitely a bit toooo early for me, but I am really proud to see her motivatation towards being active and healthy.
Along the lines of motivation and steps towards making change in one’s life, I think often we may feel we are on a sliding scale. Sometimes we may feel like “Yes, I can do this, I’m ready... I got this!” While at other times it’s “Oh gosh not today... maybe later.... yeehhh maybe next time” So in considering my friend’s success and drive this past week, I thought it maybe useful to present information on a model pertaining to stages of change.
The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) considers stages of change. Briefly the constructs of the model include: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance
No intention to take action within the next 6 months
Intends to take action within the next 6 months
Intends to take action within the next 30 days and has taken some behavioral
steps in this direction
Changed behavior for less than 6 months
Changed behavior for more than 6 months
The way how I view the stages is simply Precontemplation = Not quite ready, Contemplation = Getting ready, Preparation = Ready/ Good to go, Action = Made the change, Maintenance = Keeping it up