Weekly phone calls from a lifestyle coach helped inactive, obese middle-aged men and women achieve weight loss goals over a 12-week period, according to a pilot study published in Patient Education and Counseling (2009; Nov. 10). Researchers from the Veterans Affairs [VA] Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan wanted to determine whether a phone-based program of self-management for weight loss would be feasible to deliver and would help participants achieve clinically significant weight loss.
bBroadening focus from fitness to well-being involves more than acknowledging the multiple components of physical, emotional and mental functioning. It represents a revolution, or more accurately an evolution, in consciousness. Awareness of ourselves and awareness of our relationships and our purpose in this world constitute important elements of human consciousness. Read on to appreciate how clients’ levels of consciousness impact their engagement in fitness and, more broadly, their well-being.
Despite the traditional name-calling, backbiting, mudslinging and criticism that seem to characterize U.S. presidential races in modern times, during this past campaign season one word was emblazoned on the minds of all Americans: Change. People want change. Change the economic situation, change healthcare, change the banking system, change energy reliance, change, change, change!
Are you looking for effective ways to help clients maintain weight loss? Telephone counseling is as effective as face-to-face counseling and more effective than education alone, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2008; 168 , 2347–54).
Have you ever thought of adding phone coaching to your current repertoire? According to recent research, phone coaching may help clients lose weight. The study, which was published in the November–December issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (2008; 23 , 121), followed 60 men and 60 women who were divided into
a coaching group and a noncoaching group for 17 weeks. Those in the coaching group received 11 half-hour sessions via telephone and lost an average of 7 pounds each, while the noncoaching group members lost 4 pounds.
From time to time, economic and political events make people anxious and fearful about their futures. At Strategic Coach®, our business is helping successful entrepreneurs increase their sense of direction, confidence and capability in all areas of their personal and business lives. In response to many requests from our clients for insight on how to thrive when events seem to be beyond their control, we offer 10 strategies for transforming negativity and unpredictability into opportunities for growth, progress and achievement.
The new field of personal or life coaching represents a rich avenue for career development for fitness and wellness professionals. At national and international industry conferences, coaching sessions are on the rise, and significant numbers of instructors and trainers are expanding their careers by adding coaching services.
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