Think about how you treat your body compared to the way you treat your hair. Would you trust your hair to just anyone? No way! Would you consider getting a $10 haircut? I wouldn’t. Ironically, people often treat their hair better than they treat their body.
Could you imagine if we had a hair salon with no stylists and a bunch of scissors, hair tools and products for people to use. I could only imagine the crazy hair colors and butchered haircuts that would come out of that place! What if you bought a hair stylist kit complete with all the tools to cut your own hair? Even if it came with a how-to DVD, I doubt very seriously you’d be thrilled with the outcome.
It may sound a bit absurd, but that’s exactly how some people treat their body. People buy the craziest fitness gimmicks or join a gym with no clue what to do. Even the best equipment is useless if the person doesn’t know how to use it.
If you want to get results, there are a few steps you should take. First, if your out-of-shape body was out-of-shape damaged hair, you would seek expert advice. Most people don’t choose a salon based on the brand of scissors the stylist uses. People choose their stylist based on referrals from satisfied customers.
When it comes to fitness, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need a personal trainer, but you do need someone to give you direction. Whether you follow an exercise DVD, join an aerobics class, enroll in a structured fitness program, hire a trainer, or workout with an experienced friend – having solid direction is a must.
In addition, much like our hair, our own skill level should be a determining factor. Some people take direction very well and need little guidance, while others need someone to do everything for them. You must be honest with yourself and make decisions based on your own abilities and limitations.
Next, you must follow a treatment plan. If you’ve ever been the victim of a bad hairstyle, the corrective process doesn’t happen overnight – and the same goes for your body. It will likely take many ‘treatments’ to fix your physique and you’ll have to stick with the program even if the results are slow going.
Repairing your body also requires a little homework. After I damaged my hair once, my stylist gave me specific directions of products to use, along with a list of things to avoid, in order to get my hair back into shape. I wanted results so I did exactly what she said – and it paid off.
Many times clients don’t follow their trainer’s directions. If you don’t follow expert advise, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to try a cheap shortcut and end up wasting even more time and money in the long run.
Lastly, if you aren’t getting results it’s time for a change. The same way we change hairstyles or stylists, it’s OK to change your fitness routine. You don’t necessarily need to leave your gym, but you do need to do something different if you want a different result.
If you are looking for a makeover this year, it’s time you start treating your body a little better. Like L’Oréal says, “because you’re worth it”.