How can it be a mistake to want to change people's feelings and beliefs about fitness? The mistake is not in the desire. It's in the execution. You see, many people already have positive attitudes about fitness and health. In fact the widespread Telephone Number List assumption that out of shape and even obese people are lazy and lackadaisical compared to the enlightened fit among us is largely a false one. They can believe that Telephone Number List fitness and health are desirable things and still be unhealthy and unfit. Their general attitude about "fitness and health" as a concept may be very favorable. But that Telephone Number List does not reflect their behaviors.
People have general attitudes but their particular behaviors can reflect their attitude about that particular activity. If a person Telephone Number List never jogs or runs this need not reflect their attitude toward fitness, only toward jogging. When you have an overweight friend spending countless hours on the Telephone Number List treadmill parked in front of the television like some kind of obsessed hamster then telling him he needs to Telephone Number List get on with the fitness is probably not going to help. As far as he is concerned he is getting on with the fitness. His choice of activity reflects his feelings and beliefs about the convenience and effectiveness of the treadmill. You may think that is lazy but that Telephone Number List reflects your particular attitudes. "Lazy" is a value judgment.
So the lesson is to deal in specifics. Work on people's beliefs and feelings about particular activities as opposed to others that you Telephone Number List feel are unhealthy or ineffective. This lesson goes not only for trainers but for anyone who would like to see a friend or family member improve his or her health. As a strength trainer I Telephone Number List spend much of my time talking about very specific things such as deadlifts. That is because I have found that discussing specific activities generates more interest Telephone Number List than vague testimonials about strength training.