Setting and reaching fitness goals can be overwhelming for most people, as reaching these goals require changes to be made. Breaking habits that have been part of your life for long periods of time can be very difficult, however this all relates to implementing behaviour changes into your lifestyle.
There are usually common misconceptions associated with behaviour change, such as the process being difficult, however you will see changes quickly. Success is usually seen when small, achievable changes are made over a long time period to create long-lasting healthy habits. Positive psychology plays a major part in the success of changing your habits and can be defined as the ‘scientific study of valued subjective experiences’. This method of behaviour change encourages you to focus on your strengths rather that your deficits. It is essential to look for opportunities to create strength-based, forward-looking, and supportive environment that helps develop positive behaviour and a meaningful behaviour.
The self-determination theory, more commonly known as the theory of motivation focuses on your potential and desire as a human to grow and connect. There are many positive ways to change your behaviours and habits, however your health and exercise related behaviours can be the most powerful. Competence, autonomy and relatedness are the backbone concepts of this theory, and are crucial to see change and growth.
The SMART goal setting theory is another great way to ensure changes in behaviour. Setting goals that are specific for what you want to achieve, can be measured in terms of success, are within reason to attain or achieve, and lastly realistic and time-bound can make achieving your goals a little bit easier. This SMART goal setting theory can be adapted to any and all desired goals as long as all of the SMART elements are integrated into the goal setting practice.
It is important to note that change takes time and isn’t always easy. Integrating the above-mentioned theories and practices however, can make the process simpler and more beneficial.