Health Fitness Coaching Skill
We all hold aspirations for optimal health fitness. Whether these relate to health - womens health, meaningful work experiences, Spiritual, Financial Health And Wellness or satisfying and
Personal Relationships. After all, achievement of
these personal life goals enables us to live more rounded,
well-balanced and deeply satisfying lives.
Yet, few of us know how to go about achieving this level of health
and fitness fulfillment in our lives. But just imagine if you
knew how to tap into your own unique arsenal of health & fitness
life coaching skills to create the life you truly deserve. It is
not as far outside your reach as you might imagine!
I am going to share with you some health and fitness information
on pre-requisite life coaching skills that you can start nurturing
today to move you closer toward your
fitness health - womens health and aspirational goalpost.
Key Women's Fitness Health
A paramount health fitness skill relate to communication.
Two key elements of effective communication
is firstly the ability to truely listen to yourself and
secondly, the ability to effectively question yourself.
By listening I mean 'active listening'. With self-coaching
you must, first and foremost, have these skills in place so you
can work toward developing a sound relationship of understanding
Active listening refers to hearing both the verbal and
non-verbal communications. It is a quality of listening that
involve the use of your ears as well as your eyes.
In a professional coaching session, the life coach will use
active listening skills to interpret the client's
communications. That is, - what the client is saying as well
as reading the client's non-verbal cues (body language) to see
if they support or are at odds with what is being said.
By listening at this level, the life coach is able to
understand the client's situation; how the client is experiencing
that situation; and support the client in uncovering deep-seated
information about what s/he truly want. It is this quality of
information and understanding that is used to facilitate the
client in actively working on creating that reality for him/herself.
Eliciting Health &
This is precisely what you will need to do for yourself in self-
you listen on this level, you rely on physical cues to
enhance your understanding, thus enabling you to recognise
and subsequently explore any personal contradictions or conflicts
you experience between what you observe about yourself and
what your inner voice is saying to you.
We have all experienced or witnessed such instances where
someone is asked if they're happy about something. Their
verbal response appears to be an emphatic 'yes', yet, on
closer scrutiny of their body language, you see that they
are really not happy or sure about what they're saying 'yes'
to. This is called 'incongruence' - (when the verbal and non-
verbal just don't marry).
To some extent, we all do this with ourselves too. Just as
we talk ourselves into doing certain things we perhaps don't
particularly want to do, we can also talk our way out of
some of the things we need to do. This happens often when we
feel challenged or are likely to be taken out of our comfort
What Excuses Are you
Making About Your Health - Womens Health And Fitness Goals?
Let's say for example you have a health, a womens health issue
or a women's fitness goal. You tell yourself you are going to take
positive action to attain that particular health fitness goal. On paper,
you are 100% committed because you have written a clear fitness
health goal - perhaps to 'start eating healthily'.
You also have a clearly written goal action plan, setting out the
various smaller steps you will now take toward achieving your bigger
goal. For example, you might want to obtain some additional
health fitness information or you might plan on reading a well-
written health and fitness article or, to make an appointment with the dietician/nutritionist.
But, something is preventing you from moving forward with one or
more of these actions. You keep putting off that important
step of making an appointment with the dietician for example.
You might tell yourself 'I'll definately do it tomorrow' but
tomorrow you make exactly the same excuse.
This is where your highly developed health fitness skill of
actively listening to yourself can help you get to the
bottom of what's wrong. Really listening will help you
to acknowledge when your comfort zone feels threatened and why
this might be so.
You might for instance be harbouring some embarrassment or fear
about being judged on your weight at weigh-in; or of receiving
official confirmation that you are obese; or you might even feel
apprehensive or challenged by the prospect of starting a whole
new healthy eating regime. Even though
you may be fully committed to your goal, harbouring these kinds
of fears can sabotage your efforts toward achieving it.
This is why it is so important that you use your
journal to record all your goal-setting activities; the
processes you are working through; for self-questioning/listening; and to chart
the feedback you receive from your inner voice. When you read
back your recordings be sure to listen actively. Are you
able to see any inconsistencies between what you had told yourself
you wanted and what your inner voice is now throwing up into your
Your journaling activity will generate a better quality of self-
questioning; answers to your womens fitness issue; as well as highlighting issues of concern that might have been deeply buried in your unconscious. You
can learn more about
what journaling is and
how to journal, here.
The Relevance Of Communication And Your Women's Health Fitness Goals
When you can understand your own communications, you understand
the nature of the health fitness barriers or any other women's
fitness issues or challenges that are confronting you and your goals.
This quality of health & fitness information enables you to address
the issue of any incongruence you may be experiencing; for, as long
as one part of you want your health & fitness goal and the other
part of you is going in the opposite direction, you will not make
This is why it is so important that you follow closely the 5-part
activity goal setting guidance and
use the suggested goal setting forms when setting any of your
The format will help you
tap into your active listening skills, enabling you to identify
any possible challenges or barriers that might get in the way of
achieving your women's health fitness, weight loss diet or any other
health goals for that matter.
When you learn how to effectively communicate with yourself, you'll
communicate more effectively with others too.
"Seek not outside yourself, heaven
is within". (Mary Lou Cook)
The information on this site is purely of educational value
and is not intended to replace your seeking medical advice. You
must consult your doctor over all your health concerns.
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