The world is full of people who want to become skinnier, happier or healthier. But it is also full of inexperienced health coaches, wannabe-nutritionists and personal trainers and yoga teachers with little or no training. This makes finding the perfect health coach/motivator for yourself a tricky job to do. Tricky, but not impossible! Just follow our simple advice and guidelines:
Ask For Credentials
Find a coach that is well trained and certified with an official institution. Being a health coach is a responsible occupation and if yours doesn’t seem to understand that, then it is your job to take care of your health and wellness. Remember that you have every right to ask for the certificates, trainings and experience that the coach has (bonus points for continuing education and personal development) and make your decision based on them. Here are a few of the most popular and renowned institutions from the health and wellness industry that your future health, wellness and mindfulness coach/motivator should be certified with:
NSHC-National Society of Health Coaches
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
American Council of Exercise (ACE)
Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
Duke Integrative Medicine
Wellcoaches School of Coaching
International Society of Sports Nutrition
The Precision Nutrition Professional Certification
I.S.S.A.’s Fitness Nutrition Certification
There are hundreds of yoga teacher training programmes out there. Some schools are more popular, others not that much, but you can’t know them all. What’s important is to look for a yoga teacher that has completed a training in a school that is registered with the Yoga Alliance: the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community. The teachers and the schools that are registered there are the best in the world.
Personal/group classes trainers
American Council of Exercise (ACE)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Vibrate At The Same Frequency
Finding the right health, wellness or training coach is almost like finding a friend. You have to feel the person and vibrate at the same frequencies with him/her. Seek out someone who has overcome the challenges you’re struggling with. Get acquainted with the coach, nutritionist, etc., through his/her website and find clues that she/he has been where you are at the moment. Mirroring each other is a big step to a successful relationship with your coach.
Stay Away From ‘Being All Fit And Lean’ Freaks
Stay away from coaches who lead you towards unhealthy relationship with food and physical activity. That’s not a good place to be. If you are only focused on losing weight, stopping any fat gaining process or eating lean, carb-less diet, that would distract you from what’s important. And what’s important is how to maintain health, wellness, good spirit and fit body through life, and see health as an exciting, on-going lifetime journey, and not as an obsessive, must-reach destination.
Also, make sure that your coach has healthy habits too. If he/she is not healthy himself/herself, has an eating disorder or unhealthy, self-destructive training habits, then it is obvious that this person wouldn’t be able to help you become healthier and more balanced either.
Take A Test Drive
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