I often give my clients newsletters once a month, most of these are with tips or contain articles about fitness etc . I am really wanting to start including “homework” for them though. I feel like it will help both of us achieve their individual goals easier. Do you give out “homework?” How often and what types? Since most of my clients have been here before me I feel like they may not like the changes I am going to implement- such as- bring in your weekend food journal. What are some ways I could perhaps make it fun for them or motivate them to particiapte and complete the assignments?
For personal training purposes, my clients are expected to do workouts on their own, so yes, they do get homework! As for the food journals, I do agree with Karin that it is hard to get people to do that. Plus, if you are reviewing numerous food journals and providing feedback, then you are actually offering an additional service (and hopefully within the scope of practice for your background). You could always have them log/track their workouts for homework.
Sometimes while training clients certain topics come up with regard to wanting to change this or that body part. I try to keep things positive and will ask them to think of three things they like about their bodies (trying to change the negative to a positive). That might be an easier form of homework that your clients would do. Just a thought!
Good luck and keep encouraging and motivating them!