Outcome vs Behaviour

Outcome vs Behaviour 

Over the last decade or so of working in the fitness industry I have noted a few “mistakes” that clients make with regards to changing their bodies and lifestyles.

One of the biggest mistakes I have watched clients make with regards to getting in and staying in great shape is not understanding the link between your outcome and your behaviour.

What do I mean by this? Well it’s simple, to explain I’m going to first look at the two different ideas.

Outcome is simply what you intend to achieve from what ever it is that you are doing. In the case of exercise it would be something along the lines of, “I’d like to lose 10kg” or “I’d like to run a half marathon”. In essence the goals is the outcome. This is generally the responsibility of the trainer to set up the program for you to follow to get to your goals.

Behaviour is what needs to happen from your side as a client to get to the outcome. So if you look at fitness, you aren’t going to lose the 10kg if you don’t change your eating habits and start exercising at least 5 days a week under the supervision of a trainer and a well planned training program. If your goal is to run a half marathon, you can’t get fit for that if you are sitting on the couch.

In essence, behaviour is what you need to do from your side as a client to get to the outcome you are hoping to achieve.

So often in my time in the fitness industry I have seen trainers blamed for clients not achieving success when in reality the clients did not change their behaviour and expected a different outcome.

I hope this encourages you to ensure that you are change your behaviour to ensure you get to the required outcome.

– Jono Cloete, Managing Director – Urban Fitness Outdoor

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