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What Do Compliance and Fitness Exercise Have in Common? 

Posted January 08, 2016

In the week following the holiday season when many people commit to losing weight and/or leading a more healthful lifestyle as part of their earnest (yet often soon-to-be-abandoned) resolutions for the New Year, a recent article about the relationship between exercise and compliance struck a chord.

Nicole Rose, a lawyer and compliance specialist based in Australia who founded a company focused on compliance training, highlights some of the excuses that are commonly invoked to avoid both of these otherwise disparate activities.

When it comes to compliance, they include:

  • The business just won’t accept it. We just don’t have the time.
  • The business just won’t go for it. It’s too much work.
  • Compliance is seen as time consuming, boring and expensive.
  • People think of Compliance as something they have to do but don’t see the point in terms of business results.

And with regards to exercise, some of the more familiar ones are:

  • I don’t have the time.
  • It’s too hard. I’ll never be able to achieve it.
  • Exercise is boring and joining a gym is expensive.
  • It never really works. I start it for a while and then I fall into my old habits so I never see great results.

In both cases, turning all of these excuses on their head to “reframe” them into positive statements (e.g., going from “It’s too hard; I’ll never be able to achieve it.” to “The more I do it, the easier it will get.”) is an important first step, Rose suggests, but isn’t enough in itself to achieve lasting results.

“Just because I have argued that exercise and compliance can be fun, achievable and inexpensive, this will be nothing without a plan,” Rose says.

Click here to read her plan when it comes to both exercise and compliance, which Rose warns is “pretty radical.”