Historically and socially, the barometer of "success" in terms of health and fitness was the number on the scale. Many individuals, including our clients, obsessively monitor how much the scale tends to go up or down over a period of time. The observation of a decrease in body weight is motivating for some because it symbolizes the progress towards a fitness goal. For other people who experience a two-pound increase from one day to the next, this leads to panic and failure, which ultimately compromises other standards of progress that a customer has made.
Why is body weight so important? The number on the scale as well as a blood pressure or the resting heart rate can be quantified and felt. Take a minute to think about the clients you have trained throughout your career. How many were motivated by a weight loss goal? Are you comparing it to those who care about your services to feel better, sleep better, improve cognitive function, feel more productive at work, or reshape a current lifestyle? The former probably outweighs the latter. Weight loss can be a result of a positive behavioral change. However, weight gain or weight loss is not a measure of health and fitness per se.
For lack of other measurements, the number on the scale represents one thing: a person's individual relationship to the Earth's appeal. This is not intended to minimize the value of identifying and monitoring the body weight of a customer. Instead, the value of looking at the overall picture should be highlighted.
A growing body of literature encourages health and exercise professionals to monitor more than just body weight and / or BMI. Although weight control is important to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other hypokinetic disorders, studies have provided additional and potentially more meaningful information on mortality risk factors. For example, a 201
For example, Lee Jordan, an ACE-certified health coach and behavioral change specialist, makes this a point to promote and foster out-of-scope customer success. "If I want to hang oranges on my branches, I have to make sure that I have not planted an apple tree. If, as a health coach, I want my clients to go beyond the victories, I have to make sure that we've planted the seed for it. Non-scale victories start in the early stages of health coaching as I help clients discover and nurture their wellness vision to be more than just a number on a scale or garment.
Jordan offers some of the non-scale products to victories its customers have shared with it. "The first time they could fly and buy just one airline seat instead of two; to be able to train his son's baseball team; to be able to keep the door open for his wife; to be able to ride a roller coaster because it can fit in the seat; can sit in furniture without fear of breaking it. People think the number on the scale is what they're looking for, but it's not like that, "explains Jordan. "They're looking for what they think they are, and that's different for every person. As a health coach, it's my responsibility to recognize that my clients know each other better, and I'm only there to help them pinpoint who they are and who they want to be.
Health and Exercise Professionals By deliberately and comprehensively assessing aspects of fitness lifestyle, you can plant the seed of non-to-scale success. Consider asking customers questions such as:
- How do you sleep? Do you feel rested when you get up?
- What is your total energy? How is your energy during the day?
- Have you noticed that your interest in social activities or events has changed?
- What changes have you noticed in your cognitive function and focus?
- How do you feel? Projects at work?
- What is your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10?
- How often do you feel worried or worried?
- What activities have you undertaken that will please you?  You can include these questions in random conversations during a session or in follow-up interviews. It's important to evaluate changes in a customer's fitness and track those changes over time. To lead a fitness lifestyle is about the less tangible aspects, and each client has a different perspective on what "fit for life" means. It is our job to help them see the larger picture of life, and then to complete that picture. If you jump to a scale outside the scale, these transformation types are not displayed. Answers to these questions show much more – they are measurements of energy and vitality.
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