Bitesize study: Taking responsibility for fitness and motivation

To sustain any long-term commitment and adherence to exercise, it is important for your client to take personal responsibility for their own fitness and motivation. Taking responsibility increases the likelihood of independence and commitment to the strategies implemented for reaching fitness goals. Relying solely on other people, such as instructors or doctors, can encourage the client to blame other people for a lack of results. They might also become overly reliant on other people to do the work for them; this can leave them unable to do anything about their health and fitness without the presence of the person on whom they have become dependent. Taking responsibility requires you to be actively involved in goal-setting, exercise choices, commitment to attend, monitoring of progress and changes and overcoming the desire to revert to old behaviours. It also means making some sacrifices. For example, in order to be more active, the desire to be inactive has to be minimised. These responsibilities require a high level of self-determination and a shift in attitude towards wanting to do or achieve something for its own sake, and for personal intrinsic fulfilment, rather than external reward. Active IQ, Level 2 certificate in fitness instruction, supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity (2014)

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