I was told my last proposal on physical health wasn’t awful, it was just too broad. I thought because it wasn’t specific enough I would have to get rid of one or maybe two of my three areas of physical health and only focus on one but instead I was told to seek further information than what I was planning on doing. So because of this I will make it clear that my new research topic will be “How can you achieve good physical health on your own”. I will explain the relation between self-help and this topic. I will be getting rid of the emphasis on motivation because the role of motivation is obvious when it comes to this topic, so I will mention it as an obstacle, I just won’t make it part of my main prompt. Now I can focus specifically on physical health all while using research articles to support my claims.
My last proposal covered the 3 key points to maintaining physical health so aside from that, it is worth mentioning what makes physical health so useful as a self-help topic. Best selling fitness author, Sean Nalewanyj, explains in a blog he wrote titled “ Are personal trainers worth it”, why he believes most fitness trainers are not worth the time, effort and money. He mentions how the knowledge and credentials a fitness trainer has is not hard for the average person to attain and it would be much more beneficial to educate yourself on these things rather than get help from someone else. Also he says a lot of trainers that have the means to become a fitness trainer aren’t as qualified as the title suggests resulting in them making poor judgement time and time again. This is a good start for the topic on why self-help in this area is necessary in the first place.
Next, in an article titled “How to be your own personal trainer” written by certified health coach, Malia Frey, she explains different ways to get through physical training without the help of a fitness trainer, which is viewed as the most efficient way to go about improving physical health. This article helps look at specific ways to complete physical health training on your own. These tips are similar to the tips mentioned in the last proposal (planning meals, maintaining motivation etc.) but to go more in depth, I need to dig deeper into these ideas.
Beginning with healthy eating, the National Heart, Blood and Lung institute has a web page with information on what exactly it takes to eat healthy. The information consists of food that a person should be eating such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. The webpage also points out things that should be avoided such as trans fats, sodium, and added sugars. There is also a calories section of this page that explains the importance of calorie intake along with made meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With this information all that comes next is the scheduling which just comes down to preparation.
The motivation aspect remains the same, Paige Waehner, certified personal trainer, gives her tips on staying motivated when it comes to physical exercise as she mentions multiple different ideas that can keep a person’s motivation up such as discipline. The point of having discipline is so you can make a routine that you get into the habit of doing regardless. Mentally, this routine should already be happening, sort of like when you know you’re going to do something regardless of what happens, because it always happens, it’s just a matter of time and nothing else. There also needs to be a balance. Trying things that can’t be done is where a lot of people go wrong. Sticking to what is within your capabilities is the smartest way to get things done because then the whole routine doesn’t seem like such a drag, in fact, it might seem pretty easy.
There are many more mentioned throughout this article and so much information to be worked with, this proposal has a lot of potential.
Malia Frey, “How to Be Your Own Personal Trainer”, Very Well Fit, November 10, 2020
“Healthy Eating Plan”, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Date Accessed, May 4, 2021
Paige Waehner, “Make Goals to Get More Motivation for Exercising” Very Well Fit, July 24, 2020