Being credible. My clients will not have an example to follow if I don’t set a credible example.
I try my best to practice what I preach. I am not perfect and I don’t expect perfection from them.
I try my very best to make sure my actions are consistent with my words.
I try my best to help them learn to VALUE wellness or value something in their lives. Having a value system serves a guide.
It is my hope when they see it works for me, they will want to develop their own value system and stick to it.
For starters, I am my own guinea pig for exercises! I would never include something I haven’t tried myself in a client’s program. The example there, I guess, might be one of someone who is faithful to her word when I can reassure them that they can do this (since I know what it feels like!).
Of course, this goes straight into perhaps the more direct response to this question: I make time for my own workouts. This sometimes can be challenging given my demands and schedule. I let them know my personal philosophy (and often it rubs off:): that ANY mindful period of time where I spend moving my body is good, productive, and necessary. I find some clients still need the reminder that exercise does not always have to occur in one single bout; it can broken up throughout the day e.g., 5-10 minutes each x 3 or more times adds up to a great day of physical activity!
I typically always eat at the tables in the main lobby and answer any questions as to why i eat what i eat and it often sparks conversations.
I also make time to weight train during the day when people are there. It puts me under the magnifying glass sometimes but that comes with the territory.
I use my experience of training myself and some difficulties or successes that have come along the way with clients to either give them hope, a push, or an idea of something they may expect.