When I sit down with a client for the first time, I ask them this question: Why are you here?
The typical response is some version of "I want to be healthy and be around for my family."
I ask again, "why are we here?"
This response is usually met with a confused look, because in their mind, they just told me why they are sitting down with me. After a short time, I break the silence by asking a clarifying question.
"Why don't you just start walking?"
The reason I ask these questions is because people are often looking for the latest and greatest workout or diet plan to solve their health problem. They think there are secrets or tricks to lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and their risk of cardiovascular disease. There's not!
Improving one's health can really be as simple as walking every day and eating a diet that doesn't consist of fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And let's not forget about second breakfast!
I've had several clients lose weight, come off blood pressure and cholesterol medications (with their doctor's approval) by following those guidelines.
If it's weight loss you're after, walking can still work for you. I have a good friend that started his journey of losing 200lbs by walking just a single block every day. Another former client of mine lost 150lbs and his only form of exercise was walking!
Walking is a powerful form of exercise for most people and can drastically reduce your risk of a multitude of diseases. Combine walking with a healthy diet, and… there is your secret to health.
I don't repeatedly ask clients why are we here, because I don't understand their reason for wanting to exercise. I ask it because I know they are already capable of making the appropriate changes on their own and the question helps them to realize this.
There are no secrets or tricks. But you already knew that. So I ask you…"why are you here?"