Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 2:58 pmPress Release: New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals 
Making Lifestyle and Wellness Changes that Stick forLife
The benefits of a well balanced diet and regularexercise and activity are well known, with benefitsincluding increased energy, decrease in the risks oflifestyle disease, better sleep and a stronger body.
Even if you have never stepped foot inside a gym orexercise centre, or exercised with a personal trainer, manywill have read in magazines, online, or seen on televisionthat a healthy lifestyle makes you feel (and look) great,and has proven health benefits.
Even if you are notcurrently at your healthy best, many can recall a time whenthey were experiencing these benefits, and want to seek areturn to this state. So why is it that despite knowing thenegative health outcomes of poor diet and inactivity, somany people find themselves on the couch? And for many whyis it that even when they make changes, they often return toa more sedentary life?
Changing your lifestyle, theway you eat and the way you exercise can be a challenge,even if the benefits of change far outweigh the effortinvolved. Its not just about putting on the right gearand doing the right exercises, but also about getting theright support when you begin and as you progress. Thatswhy its important to make sure you use an appropriatelyqualified and experienced exercise professional, and getgood advice and ongoing support. For many, knowing what todo is not enough to keep motivated, and benefitsignificantly from having someone to guide them along theway.
NZ personal training pioneer Wendy Sweetundertook a study in 2008 of 12 of New Zealands top personaltrainers. She explored the intervention strategies theyimplemented in order to be most effective in changing theirclients health behavior, helping them get the resultsthey wanted, and to continue exercising to keep healthy inthe longer term. She found that the trainers coaching stylewas important, with personal trainers being authoritative atfirst, and focusing on education, but becoming moreempathetic as training continued. The successful trainersempowered their clients to make their own decisions and tobecome more confident.
Wendy says today, busy andtime-poor, exhausting lifestyles get in the way of bothdiscipline and motivation. Fortunately though, NewZealanders no longer have to do this on their own to achievechanges to their current health behaviours. There are peoplein the exercise industry who know how to coach and leadtransformation from within. These people are calledpersonal trainers and assisting you to change your lifestylebehaviours are what they do best.
The key tomaintaining lifestyle changes is not about signing up to thelatest fitness trend and following it, but working withsomeone who takes the time to understand your motivation,and works with that in mind.
The media is fond ofshowing one size fits all ultra high intensity styleexercise training and often presents personal trainers astough people demanding maximum effort with noexcuses. But to make long term changes, it is clear thata more collaborative and supportive approach is needed.Wendy calls this client-centred counselling. With thisapproach, a personal trainer will work with their clientassisting them to look into their own thoughts andbehaviours around exercise, and involve them in the processof moving towards healthier choices.
So what doesthis mean to you if you want to make changes to your healthand wellbeing? Wendy has this advice, If you have triedto lose weight, get in shape, or become healthier in thepast, and havent quite got there or stayed there, thenseek support from the people who really care abouttransforming your life. Find a personal trainer who is rightfor you and they will not only help you get there, butenable and empower you to learn as you go, so that youdevelop healthy habits for a life-time.
It meansditching the all or nothing approach, staying away fromexercise packages that claim to change you without knowingyou, and understanding that it is not just what exercise youdo and how hard you do it. The key to successful lifestylechange is understanding your own feelings around exercise.When using a personal trainer to help you on your exerciseand wellness journey, make sure you choose one that is ableto do more than bark orders; work with a personal trainerregistered with the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals.This ensures that your exercise professional has theappropriate knowledge and skill to make the journeysuccessful.
To find suitably qualified personaltrainers and exercise facilities in your area, simply goonline to www.reps.org.nz or call 0800 55 44 99 forhelp.
- ^ New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (info.scoop.co.nz)
- ^ Scoop Media (www.scoop.co.nz)
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