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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.