There's a book recently read that I so loved. Throughout the 900 plus pages of what I consider brilliant writing are wonderful wisdoms such as: "The truth is a bully we all pretend to like."
Yes, that rings rather 'true' (no pun intended : ) in most circumstances.
As the title indicates - this article is all about Lifestyle Coaching. Now I will admit I am not the most popular lifestyle wellness educator, trainer, nutrition coach and speaker. That above quote has something to do with this. My approach with clients is to say it like it is. Sure as gently as possible with the more fragile matters yet the essence of truth permeates.
To live a truly healthful life, one needs to attend to this matter daily. For sustained well-being we need a balance of work and play; exercise; healthful eating habits; stress management; appropriate emotional expression; recreation; rest/meditation; a positive mental attitude and a clean environment.
There is no one quick fix 'miracle' anything (with the most profound exception 'change your thoughts and you change your experience.') Nonetheless, society has been successfully brainwashed by marketing genius to seek out those miracle pills, potions and products, whatever they may be.
The same goes for the miracle workout or magical piece of equipment, the no-fail diet, the get rich overnight venture or any such onslaught of sales gimmicks. All bull(in my view). There's too little focus on integrity and more on sales and income potential.
Really want to make a change in your life or that of your clients? Then you really need to look at the whole and treat the entire entity. This is where wholistic lifestyle wellness comes into play and it is a big deal. It means looking after not just your physical and nutritional self - it also entails addressing your mental, emotional, environmental and spiritual self. Some view this as a rather daunting task. This is why a lifestyle wellness coach such as myself is not the most popular coach on the block -- yet we are oh so needed.
Sure a fabulous product or practice can bring successful results, yet we are far more synergistic and require more than just a great exercise routine; or perfect dietary approach; or no-fail muscle building potion etc… We need a little of each of these consistently and in moderation. Too much of any one thing, even something great, is just that - too much (or perhaps, not encompassing enough).
Ingesting those brilliantly advertised and celebrity endorsed super supplements may be fine and dandy until you sabotage them with unhealthy habits. It is somewhat like taking an antidote for the poisonous lifestyle being led yet continuing with that lifestyle. Sadly, this is a really popular human condition.
The author, Teri Gentes, lecturing on her holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Wholistic Lifestyle Wellness Coaches ask for a rather large investment from clients - the guts and commitment to slowly yet seriously address all of these areas with the reality that results are not easily 'seen' overnight. The weight does not fall off quickly like what may happen with the high protein or serious calorie deprivation diet. Good news though: there is less risk of sagging skin, loss of lean muscle mass, mineral depletion, organ damage and regaining the weight. Sure, muscle growth may not be seen so quickly due to dehydration. (Right on, no stretch marks).
The irony in not seeking to be the most popular or quickest coach to obtain weight and health management is that I am becoming more and more in demand with numerous health and wellness practitioners from medical doctors, physio therapists, chiropractors and more… Enabling sustained success with client's results truly has far more weight (pun intended).
Working steadily with a Lifestyle Wellness Coach holistically can produce the ultimate result of looking better on the outside and feeling better on the inside.
However, you will 'feel' the results almost immediately. You feel energized after eating (with no guilt or gut issues). You sleep better and are refreshed when you wake up. Your pants feel a little loose and your eyes, skin and hair all look healthier.
Your moods are stable moods and you are happier - you can cope better, everybody will notice this. Cravings subside, as does sickness. You actually come to enjoy this thing called 'healthier living' and find yourself advising family and friends to take better care of themselves.
Yes, dear reader, benefits of Lifestyle Coaching (dealing with the 'whole' person) such as those mentioned in the previous paragraph, result in creating a healthier lifestyle for clients -- clients who really begin to feel and be healthier; clients whose quality of sleep truly improves, along with their digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
They ward off illness better, manage weight better, handle emotions better, look and live better with truly sustainable, healthy lifestyle practices.
Popularity may appear to take a back seat to witnessing the positively persistent benefits that result with lifestyle changes. The passionate gratitude my clients express is a remarkable reward.
With the overwhelming state of ill health on this planet, Lifestyle Wellness Coaches are so needed. Be the kind of coach who truly does impact a client's life, for life. Speaking the truth on this matter is no bully - it is blessed reality.
If you specialize in one area of the health and fitness industry, be sure to align yourself with qualified lifestyle wellness coaches to truly facilitate the well-being of your client and your business. It's a win, win, win situation.
About Teri Gentes
Go to Teri Gentes info page.
More Like This…
Lack of Time! Perception or Reality
by Diane Randall
Geoff Hampton -- A Passionate Drive to Help Others Attain Maximum Health and Fitness Success
by Lisa Ackerman
Back to more personal training articles