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Wellness Resources

We've curated a collection of resources from NASM experts just for you. Enjoy some of our most popular wellness coaching blogs. Give a listen to NASM's Better Than Fine podcast hosted by a practicing wellness coach.

How Do I Become a Wellness Coach?

What Is a Health and Wellness Coach and Why Are They Important?

Most people know what they “should” do to foster a life of wellness. Eat a balanced diet and avoid processed foods, get regular movement, prioritize sleep, reduce stress, and cultivate a positive outlook on life that includes purpose, meaning, and connection with others. Yet, this seemingly simple checklist and the resulting satisfaction with life and well-being allude many. Wellness coaches have a unique opportunity to support their clients in building lasting and meaningful lifestyle change and personal transformation towards well-being.

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A Look at NASM’s Certified Wellness Coach Course

Focused on the interaction of mindfulness, movement, recovery and regeneration, nutrition, and more, NASM's Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) course equips professionals with the knowledge and most effective coaching principles and practices to help individuals achieve improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In this special edition of the “Master Instructor Roundtable,” hosts Wendy Batts and Marty Miller are joined by NASM product manager Steve Myers, and NASM Content Development and Production Manager, Rich Fahmy.

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Reasons Why You Should Become a Wellness Coach

It is somewhat shocking to look at statistics on death and chronic illnesses in the United States only to realize that many of these diseases are entirely preventable by lifestyle choices. Metabolic disorders (i.e., dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes), cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancers are responsible for two-thirds of American deaths.

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Helping Clients Create Long-Lasting Sustainable Change

There is a reason why personal trainers highlight tips and tricks to help their clients successfully reach their health and fitness goals. This is because the behavior change process can be challenging even amongst the highly motivated clientele. Behavior change is often a complex journey and requires trainers to take a personalized approach while working with each person. They play an important role in helping their clients set goals, assess their progress along the way, and re-commit over time. Personal trainers and coaches need to understand behavior change concepts and theories to help clients more effectively reach their goals and create sustainable, lasting change.

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Learn How to Use the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) as a Coach

As a wellness coach, it can be helpful to consider incorporating tools into your coaching practice that can accentuate your work with a client. Overall, coaching tools can be helpful to add in if they bring value to the coaching experience and help a client gain a deeper understanding of themselves. The good news is that coaching tools can be leveraged at any stage – new/ intake, ongoing, or even at the end of a coaching package to assess client progress. Tools a coach might consider include mindfulness exercises, self-discovery paperwork, or even empirically based assessments. One such assessment that falls in this last category is the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, also known as MAAS.

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Incorporating Mindfulness Into a Wellness Coaching Practice

In recent years the wellness coaching field has evolved. In fact, you can now become certified in wellness with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The professional appetite for self-care is increasingly available for all fitness professionals. This credential highlights the high standard coaches follow which includes following a code of ethics, remaining in line with the scope of practice, and utilizing coaching best practices and techniques. Having this vigorous standard allows coaches to practice according to these guidelines ensuring that coaches are aligned on the main principles of coaching.

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What Does a Corporate Wellness Specialist Do?

Over half of the working population works in a corporate setting (Barrows 2021). Corporate jobs are notorious for being sedentary in nature, high-stress, with long hours, and easy access to low-nutrition foods (hello, breakroom donuts). To help their employees thrive, companies seek the help of wellness coaches to implement workplace wellness programs. These programs seek to improve employee health and overall well-being while also improving productivity, attendance, and reduced healthcare costs.

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Comparing NASM’s Three Nutrition Programs: CNC, CWC, & CSNC

Have you always wanted to gain more knowledge and coaching-specific skills when it comes to nutrition? Well, luckily for you, NASM offers three courses to help you get a very thorough education and certify you to use your newly gained knowledge to coach clients.

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7 Ways to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness

As we navigate work and personal life, there will be moments when thoughts of an unknown situation and its related outcomes will weigh heavily on one's mind resulting in feelings of stress and rumination. This blog will talk about 7 ways you can counteract the negative effects of stress and rumination.

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