If you are feeling fifty plus, or just approaching that milestone where working your job is no more physically demanding than turning on a computer and playing with the mouse, then your not alone. It is also a grim reminder that only a major health scare will be the only means to get oneself off their dairy air. It could be well over due to remind yourself that you are subject to the same rules as everyone else and that person looking in the mirror and slipping slightly and looking old….is you. You can no longer make excuses. Fifty four percent of all Australians exercise occasionally, however this is not frequent enough to improve general health or weight. (Clafin 2016)
In fact, if you are a woman, exercise itself may be more than important to you. Women tend to have a lot more generalized problems than men with some of the chronic illnesses like heart disease, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, depression and obesity. Problems begin to rear their head near menopause. The great news is that you can help prevent or slow down the onset by regular exercising.
For starters, find some exercise you enjoy and that has regular weight-bearing resistance training associated with it. If you start to make your lifestyle physical-now, it will remain a habit with you and you will find that the benefits far out way any alternative. You will also find that if you continue on this amazing fit journey, you can be climbing mountains and hiking rocky roads way into your twilight years while your friends maybe rocking chair bound. (I’m building a great picture for you already right!) Only one thing to do. Get those sand shoes/sneakers out of the cupboard and put them on.
Walking and jogging can be great for the body and the mind. Getting our into the open spaces and fresh air has a lot of pluses. however if you would like more strength in your arms and your chest and would like to improve the muscle dexterity in your overall body, then you may want to visit and do a more specific based exercise at a gym.
The meaning of Relapse is (A backwards step or worsening condition-a setback)
Relating this to a health issue like “exercise and eating,” would mean that a person has attained a certain level or maintained weight for a period of time. In order to appreciated that healthy position and weight loss then that person has achieved good level of maintenance . Relapse would mean that person has regressed and possibly one could be eating badly once again, bingeing and overeating, had no physical activity at all and a result – Relapsed.
People who go into maintenance and have changed a bad behavior have one or more relapses along the way. This is sometimes typical of how people use behavior change. It can be a dangerous step backwards for some people (ie users of drugs can relapse and find themselves back in the same old arena) but for others it can be short lived.
It is not favourable to relapse.It is important to recognisable within a change process that relapse comes with pitfalls. Some of these can be:
A strong desire to go back to old habits
A need to be more compulsive than before
A lack of Caring
Self Esteem issues (feeling no good about yourself)
People who relapse also feel they have slipped and ruined every thing they have attempted to date. This is not true. It has been proven in studies (Di Clemente 1982) that it does help to know how and where and when the person relapsed and Why? This is good to note as the issues can be worked on and lessons can be learnt from them. So if the relapse is only for a short period of time the upside of this can be :
Learn from the reason the person relapsed
Take steps to avoid the area in which relapse occurred
Come through the process and become stronger
And try try again.
There is no magic potion for relapse, just the desire to get back up and try again with new found knowledge that has been gained – hopefully stronger. Easier said than done………or not. There is always a reason to try again.
So after much thought and process and ongoing Action from someone who has changed their previous
behavior into a brand new one, Maintenance becomes the next stage for that person to assess,
review and to manage the ongoing current status quo.
While management of the new behavior has some very positive consequences (examples…Weight loss, increased fitness self esteem – it is interesting to note for some maintenance can just last between six months and five years. (Janis and Mann,19770. It then becomes a decision for the person trying to maintain the new behavior change to assess whether the change has became the new ‘Them/Me” This has been examined throughout the journey of the change process covered extensively and practiced by the transtheoretical Model, Prochaska, J.O., Redding 2002. If a balance is to be achieved, and then maintained whereby the individual feels that the new behavior is like a second skin to them, they then need to decide that the previous behaviors are not worth a second thought..
The involvement of this new skin (new me) to remain in place has been discussed by Bandura, 1977,1982 and how self-efficacy reflects a persons confidence an efficiency to continue in the same footsteps and on the same pathway with the new behavior when triggered by temptations. (eg unhealthy decisions, unhealthy food options, lack of motivation to exercise) In a high risk situation the persons lack of confirmed self change may be challenged. This can result in a relapse situation, back to the originally unhealthy behavior. This could be momentarily or for a longer period, however the resolve to try ‘change’ again can be fortified as a result that the person has been there and felt the new change and had became inspired by it……….
Maintain, maintain, maintain and reap the rewards of the new improved you.