Are you ready to make a change in your life?? You're not? Well that might be because you are in the pre-contemplation stage of change. Okay as terrible of an introduction that was, it was kinda funny. Emphasis on ~kinda~. I wanted to take this week's blog post to discuss the stages of change. Understanding this is so pivotal when it comes to behavioral change. You can see where you are at and realize if you are truly ready for a change. Pre-contemplation: This stage consists of no activity and no desire to do so. A person in this stage will see no issue with this and might even see exercise as useless. Contemplation: A person in this stage is still not active, but is beginning to consider it. They may weigh the pros and cons. In addition, they can see that there is some benefit to exercise. This person plans to get more active within the next 6 months. Preparation: Activity has begun, but is all-over-the-place. There is no consistency, but this person is ready for action and to begin an exercise program! Action: In this stage, the person has been consistent with exercise for less than 6 months. Maintenance: The activity has continued for more than 6 months. n I would to emphasize that this is not a linear process. It is totally normal to be in maintenance and fall into contemplation. What is important is that you keep working to achieve your goals and better yourself. This model can be applied to any area of your life though! If you are looking to make a change in your life, maybe consider where you are and where you want to be in accordance to the stages of change. If you realize that you are lower than you wanted to be, what can you do to change that?