Have them write down 3 things they want to accomplish (GOALS)!
Have them post them on their fridge, pantry, car dash etc.
Also, you are their accountability. So always constantly reinforce them with positive texts, emails, calls to help them reach their goals.
-Centripetal Force – Creating a circle that helps pull you toward your goals – IT WORKS
Fuel the Movement,
Check the ACSM Guidelines on page 176 strategies for improving exercise adoption.
Basically client interventions focus on social suppport, reducing barriers, improving self efficacy, using prompts, and making social and environmental changes.
Consider discussing these proven intervention strategies with your client and co-creating a plan that works for them.
I’m a big proponent of “positive reinforcement!” So applaud your client’s efforts for at least making the time in their schedule to meet with you. I’ve worked with some very busy clients (e.g. an eye surgeon, the CEO of a HMO etc.) and what I found that works is that once they begin to see results (feel better physically and mentally, see cosmetic results, feel stronger etc.) their self-motivation to keep the progress going may be enough to get them to do some things on their own.
By acknowledging their success in meeting with you on a regular basis, you give them encouragement, and encouragement will hopefully lead to self-motivation.
I hope this helps.
I agree with Karin in that if they are working with you, in spite of being over-scheduled & high-stressed, at least they are getting some time in for exercise.
Is it the sort of thing where they are just going through a busy time at work and home? If this is the case, then maybe the can fit in time when things quiet down. If not, would it be possible encourage them to think about some sort of long-term plan to cultivate time for themselves? This may be something you could work on together. Starting out, this may be just a few minutes outside of the sessions you have together. For example, your client may take a break from work to go for a short walk.