The Fitness Component
Moms in the program are required to go to the gym five days a week and are assisted in developing the proper fitness and health habits via a personal trainer provided by the foundation.
The process begins with education about how health and fitness work. From there it comes down to creating habits. Behavioral modification always starts by creating new habits. Our personal trainers show moms how to exercise properly. They also continue providing important education regarding clean and healthy eating.
In conjunction with the Cooper clinic in Dallas, known as the, “Mayo Clinic for wellness,” we can assess physical fitness using two indicators:
- BODY WEIGHT
For moms in our program we assess where they are at inception with regards to time they can spend on a treadmill and their body weight/body fat. Then over the next 1-2 years, we set attainable three-month goals.
People who have not embraced fitness before are normally resistant and somewhat afraid of this part of the program. After the initial health and fitness education is completed their motivation noticeably increases. After 3 to 6 months a change occurs, and they start to see results. Results change candidates’ attitudes toward exercise and eating properly. Rather than the fitness component remaining a challenge, it becomes an empowerment.