Regular physical activity can reduce the exhaustion brought on by stress and give you additional energy to take care of the important things in life. Physical activity and good nutrition play a big role in keeping you healthy and in protecting you from many diseases and illnesses. Almost everyday there are new reports on the positive effects of physical activity. You may know that regular physical activity helps to protect you from developing high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and some types of cancer. In addition, you may sleep better and see an improvement in your body shape. Like any change in your life though, knowing where you are and where you’re going is important.
Have you ever noticed that what works for some people when they make a change in their life may not work for you? People move through a series of five stages of readiness as they change behaviors. What help someone in one stage may not work for someone in another stage.
Stages of Change in Adding Physical Activity into Your Life
Stage 1: Not physically active and not thinking about changing
Stage 2: Thinking about becoming physically acitive within the next six months
Stage 3: Making plans to become physically active in the next month
Stage 4: Physically active for less than six months
Stage 5: Physically active for six months or more
These stages represent a spiral path to adopting regular physical activity into your life. Each stage takes a period of time to acquaint yourself with new behaviors.
Effort and commitment is needed in all stages. You will move through each stage as you are ready to change. The interesting part of this model is that it recognizes you may not always move forward in a straight line. There will be times when you lapse, going back to an earlier stage. Then the time will come when you are ready to advance forward. This is expected as part of the process of adopting new behaviors. You will progress when you are ready.