I've been studying people for several years now in my health business.
It appears there are 7 types. Which one are you?
Type 1 will never do a thing about their health and/or fitness. They won't change a thing either because it's too hard or they don't believe it is possible or think that getting old is synonymous with ill-health. I'm not sure of all the reasons this group uses but it is by far the largest group. And that is unfortunate.
Type 2 is the procrastinator or constant evaluator, always seeking more information, wanting the perfect program but has difficulty pulling the trigger. They want to make changes, and some eventually will, but they are reluctant to jump in and just do it. There are a lot of Type 2's around.
Type 3 wants to improve their current condition and will invest in solutions they believe in but will never actually do the work. They don't even start. Their lives are so busy and confusing that they can't figure out how to make the changes needed to just get started. It's mind-boggling, but there are a fair amount of Type 3's out there.
Type 4 is similar to Type 3 in that they'll invest is something they believe in, get started with all good intentions, but fall off the wagon and never finish. They are unable to make the habitual changes needed to foster healthy living as a permanent thing.
Type 5 are the doers. They jump in with both feet, do the work, get great results, convert fully to a healthy and fitness oriented life, make the mindset shifts and never look back. Thank god for type 5's. I wish there were more of them.
Type 6 gets started just like Type 5, make great progress and seemingly transition to healthy living but back-slip over the next year into some of their old bad habits. They usually don't go completely down the drain but do revert into this half-in, half-out situation. For some reason, they did not fully convert their mindset towards the health paradigm.
And Type 7 are already living the healthy lifestyle and don't need help. While not perfect by any means, they generally eat well and are active is some capacity. There are many ways to skin the cat and Type 7's have athletic pursuits built into their lives that keep them active and fit. We need more Type 7's.
What type are you? Do you see yourself in any of these descriptions?