The term brain-body connection is more than a new-age catchphrase, science has shown us that every thought or emotion you experience can actually be reduced to the binding of tiny molecules called neurotransmitters in your nervous system.
Wellness and fitness are very closely related. In the fitness industry, personal trainers have been refining the art of listening to their clients in order to get the client toward a certain fitness goal (although this can be limited to just fitness) and therefore provide the example for how continued improvements in the wellness coaching processes can be realized under the umbrella of behavior change.
Fitness professionals tend to ask themselves, “How can we get better results for our clients in the fitness industry?”
It seems that fitness professionals are always working to understand and meet the needs of the general population, and this works hand-in-hand with wellness concepts. [Read more…]
To get clients, you must market your coaching business. But if your coaching business is running on a shoestring, you probably can’t spend on billboards and radio ads. You need to find effective, low-cost marketing methods.
The following are some ideas to help you get started, and market yourself in an economic way. Please keep in mind, there are exceptions to every rule, and depending upon your demographic location, these tips will have a greater effect in some places than in others. [Read more…]
According to a survey by The National Center for Health Statistics, 36% of all consumers in the United States are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including wellness coaching services.
Breaking down some of the components of CAM would reveal more of the trends that consumers are revealing about their interests. This includes herbs and herbal medications, meditation, chiropractic care, yoga, massage, or diet-based therapies. All of these topics are also complementary to wellness coaching, for a wellness coach who has experience in these particular fields.
One of the main responsibilities of a professional coach is providing feedback that supports their clients’ learning and development. Feedback about performance can benefit your clients, athletes, or team in several ways, and two of the main functions are to motivate and to instruct.
Here are some tips on how to give feedback that helps your clients recognize and avoid their mistakes, and inspires them to achieve their full potential.
In somewhat of a trend that we still see gaining momentum, some larger Fortune 500 companies have come to realize the value of maintaining the health of their employees in order to manage health care costs.
So it then follows, if wellness coaching is effective at implementing effective ways to change lifestyle behaviors, then the need is clearly seen in terms of how valuable a wellness coach can be toward impacting lifestyle behavior change within corporate environments.
Philosophical considerations become important because coaches have to decide whether to develop general athleticism first and sport-specific athleticism second – or develop a quick fix for instant success.
But this disrupts normal progress and may trigger the participant or resort to a quick fix, instant success method. The latter tends to backfire, often resulting in stale phases that interfere with the athlete’s normal progress.
This quick fix method tends to create frustration and motivational problems; this may trigger the athlete to drop out of the activity. [Read more…]
We all experience stress, and an inability to cope with stress can lead to overeating and obesity. Stress also releases hormones that influence body fat storage.
Examples of stress include:
- Daily stress related to the pressures of work, school and family.
- Stress related to negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness.
- Traumatic stress experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster.
While obvious differences exist among the three groups, as a professional youth sports and performance coach it is important for you to recognize that all age groups also share a common belief in having fun and engaging in a personal pursuit of excellence under the guidance of a knowledgeable and committed coach. [Read more…]