When discussing the various strategies for getting a greater portion of the population to consistently engage in a fitness program, motivation is one of the most commonly cited subjects. While the goal of most of these efforts is to motivate people to begin a fitness program of some kind, this strategy may overlook the real reason why many people are having difficulty improving their health and wellness.
To paraphrase a philosophy preached by The Groza Learning Center, a greater degree of focus on education regarding effective strength and conditioning strategies is needed to stimulate truly lasting change. Most people want to become healthier and therefore do not lack the motivation to begin a program aimed at improving their overall health and wellness. Instead, the issue is the loss of motivation that occurs when they do not see results commensurate to their efforts and sacrifices.
This is often due to inefficiencies in the manner in which the program is followed as well as a lack of understanding regarding the habits that may undermine the impact of a strength and conditioning program.In the majority of these efforts, the goal is simply oriented around increasing activity levels. This seems easy enough, but this goal overlooks the fact that people have a difficult time accurately estimating their daily caloric intake and, on workout days, they routinely ingest far more calories than they burned during training.
This happens with elite athletes as well, which is why elite athletes are educated on healthy eating habits in addition to the many common issues that may derail a program. If widespread change is to be achieved, the public must not only be encouraged to improve their health and wellness; they must also be educated on the best strategies for doing so