Life Strategies Coaching Techniques to Survive the Holidays With Family

Life Strategies Coaching Techniques for Dealing With Family During the Holidays

“If the Holidays are supposed to be so joyful, then why am I so sad, mad, numb, overwhelmed – stressed out?”

This time of year holds many hopes and dreams, memories of a perfect past, and expectations of things being as they “should” be. These internal visions of what we want to achieve, how we want to relate, having the perfect reunion, trying to uphold traditions under trying circumstances, all have an impact on our emotional outlook on life. If any one of these expectations go awry – we start to feel out of control, we get disappointed, frustrated, and often very sad. Read more…

Coaching Clients as a Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach

Getting information from your client is an ongoing process. It is also one that is influenced by the type of coaching you are doing.   For example, consider the type of interactions used in Lifestyle Fitness Coaching.   This style of coaching is involved with learning important pieces of the client’s complete lifestyle and any past exercise habits that they have demonstrated over time.   The theory behind this is the belief that programming physical activity routines can be much more effective once the trainer can better understand the client. This understanding also allows for the trainer to make better recommendations related to fitness activities and therefore have a greater probability of enjoyment for the client.   If your client comes to actually enjoy an activity they are more likely to incorporate it as part of their lifestyle. Read more…

Are you using these stress management coaching techniques?

Why is it Important to Coach Clients to Reduce Stress?

For thousands of years, people believed that stress made you sick. Up until the nineteenth century, the idea that the passions and emotions were intimately linked to disease held weight, and people were told by their doctors to go to spas or seaside resorts when they were ill. Gradually these ideas lost favor as more concrete causes and cures were found for illness after illness. But in the last decade, scientists like Dr. Esther Sternberg, director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), have been re- discovering the links between the brain and the immune system. Read more…

wellness coaching and spirituality

Wellness Coaching and Spirituality

It’s all in your mind. Or is it in your body? Or both? The interconnections between mind and body are the basis for many types of alternative health practices. Spirituality is believing in a source of value that transcends the boundaries of the self but also nurtures the self. Mind-body medicine builds on spirituality, encouraging methods for improving the body by altering the mind. Does your client believe that spirituality can improve their physical health? Read more…

How to make the best possible first impression to your clients!

First Impressions: Can They Make or Break a Client Relationship?

When you meet and greet a new client for the first time, are you doing so as a Coach/Trainer making an extra effort to be welcoming, approachable and giving the impression your glad to be part of this clients lifestyle change? Are you making certain your client is thinking they made the right decision in choosing you to help them achieve their fitness goals? Are you making that first impression golden? As Coaches and Trainers we tend to be very social and enjoy helping people attain their goals and to reach their full fitness potential. This is our passion! However, has there ever a time when maybe a new client is not getting the best of what we have to offer due to a preconceived notion or because of the client’s appearance? Have you ever had a client that you just did not want to work with or feel you cannot work with? Are you just having a bad day? This most certainly can happen in our line of work and in our daily lives as well. There may be a time when there is a personality conflict and the working relationship isn’t cohesive. I will always give these relationships a little time as first impressions can sometimes be deceiving and there are times that the client is genuinely nervous about making a fitness commitment. I evaluate what I’m feeling from the client, how I feel when working with the client and how we work as a team. If the professional relationship really isn’t benefiting the client, then I feel that ethically I must step back. I will handle this situation in a professional manner with a very kind, to the point explanation as to why I feel the working relationship isn’t the best for the client and provide the client with a referral to another Coach/Trainer that I feel their expectations are more in line with. This client should never be made to feel that they are unwanted but rather made to feel that you have a better solution for them to attain their goals and their success is important to you. When discussing a situation such as this with your fellow Coaches make certain it’s in a private and secure area. Do not risk the client overhearing this discussion or worse have it repeated by someone who doesn’t know the entire situation but overhears and repeats the conversation. We never want our clients to feel hurt or dehumanized by our words or actions. Read more…

Are these the most effective ways to coach someone through challenges with obesity?

The Epicure of Obesity: A Coaching Perspective

Are you aware that society labels people with diagnoses that are actually symptoms? Did you know treating symptoms causes a never-ending story leading to societal and self-disconnect, disillusionment and obesity in spirit, soul and body? Sound like a mouthful? If you answered yes, you are correct. The practice of institutional medicine is built upon a compartmentalized framework because the world views humanity from a fragmented perspective. Mental health issue? The world will attempt to fix what’s in your head. Physical malady? They will suggest surgery to remove your organs. Spiritual affliction? They will cast out demons and/or advise rabbinical repentance until you’ve developed ten more illnesses as a result of self-persecution. The system is flawed; separating soul (mind/ will/ emotions), body and spirit of personhood must cease right now. Read more…

Beliefs and Opinions vs. Facts and Evidence: A Coaching Perspective and Solution

Beliefs and Opinions vs. Facts and Evidence: A Coaching Perspective and Solution

The statement used to be “seeing is believing.” Now we know that with photo shop and the digital age – this is no longer accurate, as images can so easily be manipulated. Even an eye witness account is suspect because of incoming filters, expectations, deleting, distorting, and generalizing information, and personal meaning that is attached to an action or event.

What has always been true is that when the brain creates a belief or opinion – this becomes a filter of reality for that brain.   When someone has a belief (which is their opinion), it will “feel” true for them, based upon their projection of this reality onto an action or event. (“Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up!”) Read more…

Learn these effective wellness coaching strategies

Coaching Clients Through the Pain of Regain

 The holidays are here!  This is the time we reconnect with family and friends and celebrate.  It’s a busy time that can prevent us from staying focused on our healthy lifestyle and fitness routine.  We eat foods generally reserved for these special occasions and have a few (extra) wonderful holiday drinks.  This time with others nourishes our souls which is so important! Unfortunately, it is also responsible for an average weight gain of between 5-8 pounds.  Once the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to our regular diet and fitness routines. This is when we will see the client’s that need a kick start or just validation that they are back on track with their fitness routines and healthy eating.

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Learn how to implement corporate health and wellness programs

Applying Principles of Corporate Wellness Coaching

Training coaches how to help clients live their lives consciously is important. It allows them to make their own decisions with an appropriate level of awareness, so that when they are successful at reaching a health-based goal, they feel accomplished and it prevents the coach from having to do most of the work. If a client creates their own goals, they will be more accountable for the outcomes. There are a few ways for coaches to apply this premise. Read more…

Do you agree with this perspective of how sports and fitness competition builds character?

A Sport Psychology Coach View of Character Building through Sport

Sports have been regarded an important source of values by a great variety of individuals for long periods of human history. Its alleged role in character building and in promoting patriotism as frequently been stressed. There are different positions that a sport and exercise psychologist would use to frame this role of building ones’ character.

The concept of externalism denies that sport is a special source of values, although some externalists claim that sport helps reinforce values already in the culture and socializes participants to accept them (competition and rivalry). Read more…

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