Coaching and Exercise

In this article we’ll look at exercise and how coaching can help.

No matter what our age, physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy. Even thirty minutes a day of moderate physical activity can make a difference.

But many of us don’t get even that. We have all kinds of reasons:

  • We don’t have the time;
  • We don’t have the money;
  • The weather is bad;
  • There aren’t any facilities;
  • We’re too old; and
  • We’re overweight.

And then there’s the most popular reason of all:

“I just don’t want to.”

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Why should we exercise?

Most of us know that being physically active is possibly the single most important thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy at any age.

We’ve been told how good physical activity is for our cardiovascular health. We know it strengthens our muscles and bones, improves our mood and our overall brain health, and gives us more mental and physical energy. We’ve heard about its ability to regulate our weight and help control glucose levels, reduce our risk for chronic diseases, and even improve our sleep.

The list goes on.

So why don’t we exercise?

Excuses aside, the real answer to this question is probably that we find exercise uncomfortable, especially after a period of inactivity.

We don’t like huffing and puffing, feeling sore, getting up early, or whatever – even though we may actually want to be more active. We just wish it wasn’t so hard!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Types of Physical Activity

There are so many types of physical activity, including many that we don’t associate with being physically active. Even so, they can still be good for us.

Taking the stairs, walking to the corner and back, going out into the garden, or cleaning the yard are all good ways to increase your physical activity over time.

And with new technologies and internet access we have a great variety of options in the comfort of our own space that we did not have in the past.

When it comes to types of activities and even more performance related sports, there are many options to explore based on your health and fitness profile.

How a coach can help with exercise?

Whilst health coaches are not fitness coaches (unless they’ve undergone the necessary training and qualification), they can still help you develop better habits and behaviours around physical activity.

If you’re ready to begin a new exercise routine or build on an existing one, a coach can help you identify resources, set realistic goals, and build a personalised plan to achieve those goals. Your coach can also help you to monitor and evaluate your progress and, most importantly, to stay motivated.

Having a health coach support you in your journey provides a number of benefits:

Stay on track

You’re more likely to make – and stick to – the long-term behaviour changes you need to improve your health.

Support

You have someone to support you when it may be most difficult, when you have questions, and when you’re celebrating your successes.

Acceptance

You have someone in your camp who’s non-judgmental to guide and motivate you in the journey you’ve chosen.

Accountability

A coach can help you stay accountable to yourself and empower you to make the best choices for your health and wellbeing.

What can you expect if you work with us?

We want to make this a positive and rewarding experience for you and we’ve designed our sessions to be flexible, affordable and comfortable.

All our sessions are done virtually, making your experience convenient, flexible, and more affordable.

We start with an initial 60-minute session. This gives us time to get to know each other and allows us to start understanding your health and the challenges you face. We’ll also learn about your medical history and what has or has not worked for you.

From this starting point, we’ll help you formulate a realistic way forward and a plan that feels right for you. This plan is a starting point that gives us direction, but also a work in progress. As you understand more about yourself and the progress you’re making, you may want to make adjustments – and that’s okay.

After the initial session, you’ll be able to set up regular follow-up sessions for ongoing support and adjustments where needed. The number and duration of these sessions is flexible so that you can choose the options that work best for you.

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Will coaching work for me?

Our coaching will work for you if:
  • You want to be empowered to make health decisions and be actively engaged in your process.
  • You recognize that you may need to make some changes to improve your health.
  • You would like someone to help keep you accountable in a non-judgmental, supportive way.
Our coaching will not work for you if:
  • You’re looking for someone who will tell you what to do. We’ll be happy to provide information and materials, but we don’t prescribe or treat.
  • You’re not willing to invest in yourself and make a commitment to change.
  • You don’t like some structure or think goals are a waste of time.

What next?

If you think health coaching can help you, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to see if we’re a good fit. We’ll set up a free 20-minute session so that you can get to know us and ask us questions before making any commitment.

 

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