3 questions: What Works? What Doesn’t Work? What Are You Doing?
I once heard a story about an older man who owned a large successful business. After he passed away he left the business to his wife. Everyone assumed that his wife would sell the business due to her minimal involvement in it.
But she didn’t.
Instead, she called a meeting with all of the department heads. They waited patiently for her to speak. She said, “I have 3 questions for you.”
The first question was: “What works?” The second question was: “What doesn’t work?” And the third was: “What are you doing?”
She proceeded by saying: “Stop doing what doesn’t work and just concentrate on what works.”
That was it. Long story short – that year the company was more efficient and more profitable than ever.
When it comes to exercise and nutrition, here is a list of things we know do not work:
Traditional Gym Memberships
There are more gyms than ever but ironically more obese people than ever.
Traditional Personal Training
There are 168 hours in a week, so it’s not hard to see why 1-3 hours per week of personal training doesn’t work.
Most diets are too strict and difficult to follow. Therefore, most people don’t stick with them, making long-term sustainability almost impossible.
Doing It On Your Own With No Support and No Help
In our daily lives we turn to friends, family, and co-workers for support or help with various tasks. Yet, when it comes to our health, we think we can do it alone. However, research shows that having a coach or trainer significantly increases your likelihood of losing weight and keeping it off.
The risk of inaction is often worse than the wrong action. In a sense, doing nothing is a cycle that is difficult to break. When it comes to your health, taking action is essential.
So what does work?
I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show (It’s the #2 Business Podcast on iTunes) and I heard Derrick Silver’s say: “If more information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs,” referring to the difference between knowing and doing. Usually we don’t need more or better information. What we actually need is Behavior Modification.
We strive to develop a deep rapport with each and every client. We spend 2-3 hours a week in our client’s homes. We understand their lifestyle and we design workouts perfectly tailored to their needs.
Our clients aren’t just clients to us. They are a part of the JustinFit family.
Undoing years, even decades, of unhealthy habits is not easy and can be virtually impossible for most people to do alone. However, we have found that with our client-coach relationship, anything is possible.
At JustinFit, we hold you accountable for your health. Not in the negative sense, but in a positive and encouraging way. With your trainer checking in, you are more likely to maintain your healthy lifestyle; and isn’t that the whole point? Nobody wants temporary results! Everyone wants results that last. So what’s the secret? Accountability.
We start by eliminating one unhealthy thing at a time. Each week we will identify what you are eating that has the lowest nutritional value and work on a systematic approach to reduce or even eliminate it altogether. At the same time, we will add one new healthy item to your grocery list. Just imagine how much your entire way of eating would change, just one small step at a time. When it comes to the way you eat, a sustainable, long-lasting approach is the only approach.
It’s time to ask yourself: What Works? What Doesn’t Work? What Are You Doing?
By: Justin A. Seedman BS, CPT, CHC, BCS
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