Friday, October 19, 2012

Empowerment: My Concept ❤

A business dictionary defines empowerment as “a practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with people so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve performance. Empowerment is based on the idea that giving people skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.”

Which means that, empowerment is what gives us the control to change our lives. As fitness professional myself, I have been guided by this ability to make people recognize their power within. Every time I give a class, work with a client or give a seminar or workshop, I encourage the belief that they can start shaping a new, more powerful self by controlling the destiny of their bodies’ well being. This new vision in wellness prompted me to leave a solid marketing and advertising career and fulfill a rewarding life passion.

 Empowerment is necessary for fitness pros, since it conveys our true mission of guiding people to better condition their bodies for daily life. We need to ignite their passion of finding that internal spark that is going to transform them into healthier selves. And, without this, we merely become cheerleaders or talent show stars. As fitness professionals we have to realize that is not about us. But, about our students, that are coming to us for proper guidance and sound instruction. We must go beyond providing just good fitness knowledge. We must assure them that there is only one way to achieve changes: working chronically. Each student is at a unique fitness level. But, the intensity of their effort should be the same; which is, going past their comfort zone, but, not their capacity zone. We should care about their progress and their desire to learn. We must correct them and explain them why they needed to correct form or performance so they can work on it when they are not under our care. We should create independent individuals who can continue spreading the empowerment light onto others. Then, our work as leader will be worth it.

Empowerment comes when you recognize that it all start by believing. Believing that, you deserve good health. Believing that, you have the inner power to change your body. Listen to your own excuses and recognize that they are worthless. If you are in control of your body, you will be in control of your life and your destiny. Nobody else is going to do it but you…because you believed. Let it be no doubt. Be happy to know that, it is in the journey that we find joy.

Then, you have to make a commitment, not with the instructor, not with your family or friends; but, with your body. You are going to nurture it with the right food, proper breathing patterns, regular conditioning activities, and adequate resting time. You don’t have to announce it to the world; but, keep it to yourself. That way, you don’t focus on nobody else’s expectations of what changes you need. Nor you allow room for unconscious sabotage like: “let’s go to shopping”, “let’s go eat at the new restaurant”, “don’t workout now, come with me to see a movie”. And, beware of self-sabotage, when you think you could get away with it and your body will not notice. It will.

Following, you have to develop the consistency of working on a daily fitness routine. You can do so, by taking advantage of every free time available to do, even the shortest or simplest exercise. From 60 abdominal crunches, which will take about 60 minutes; to climbing the stairs two steps at a time. Every time is a great opportunity to do something beneficial to your health! Focus on three mayor areas of body conditioning (aerobic, toning, flexibility) with emphasis in abdominal work. Develop your own journal to keep track of your activities and assess your performance to improve accordingly.

Finally, accept accountability for the progress and results you get. Don’t blame the office, the traffic, your laziness, or any other external factor for not being in control. Remember: “It is YOUR body.”

As you can see, instructors and students can be on their way of owning their health if they recognizing that it is nobody else’s responsibility but theirs to be in the best physical condition. The present physical state of our students truly is because of the options they have had selected along the way. So we have to guide them to choose wisely based on reliable advice. It is the instructor responsibility to deliver the safest progressive challenges for the students to work with. Namaste.

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