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Wellness Coaching

"Life can be a rich & wonderful experience once we achieve our optimal physical & mental state" Fiona Cosgrove “Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” Author Unknown.  

What is Wellness? How can Wellness Coaching help me make positive changes in my life?

What is Wellness?

Wellness is one of those new generational words that can often be overused or misunderstood. In reality the concept of Wellness has different meanings for different people; the term Wellness conjures up such a range of experiences largely because it is a subjective state. Traditionally Wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease. More recently Wellness has come to describe something over which you have personal control, Wellness is now a word used to describe living your best possible life.

Personally, my journey to Wellness started with my need to recover emotionally and physically from my Breast Cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Over time Wellness for me came to mean not just the absence of disease but to live life well!

As Wellness Coaches, we refer to Wellness as the journey to become “The Best We Can Be”! It is important to remember that Wellness is different for everyone and only you can determine what is “Optimum” for you. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, rather it is a combination of Physical Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Mental Wellness and Emotional Wellness. Emotionally, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually, it is the process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful existence.

To achieve Wellness involves a holistic approach. This means that attention has to be given to all areas, as every component of our life affects another. Wellness requires a “whole person” perspective that includes the myriad of choices we make every day that contribute to our feeling good or not so good! You absolutely must realize that getting well is achieved by taking personal responsibility for your life, your current situation, and your choices.

We can achieve Wellness by creating a program of choices and strategies around diet, exercise, stress management, health management and disease prevention. By planning and taking a series of steps that allow us to take control in a framework of action we can begin the journey that lead us to our desired state. Along the way we design and act on behaviours that match our goals.

Life is complex and demanding, competing priorities often mean we don’t make time to focus on what we want and/or need for ourselves physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually. Rarely do we take the time to create a plan to get there! This is where Wellness Coaching can be incredibly supportive and help you to achieve your goals.

What is Wellness Coaching?

The word Coach has been used in many ways. Its strongest associations have historically been with sport however the traditional image of a forceful, demanding leader does not accurately describe what a true coach really represents. A more relevant way to describe coaching as it is practised in Wellness Coaching would be:

A person who:

  • Has expert knowledge but doesn’t impose it on the person they are coaching
  • Is a role model but allows individual development of a persons strengths
  • Gives choices rather than direction
  • Works with rather than for
  • Encourages and facilitates excellence and growth

A Wellness Coach will educate, encourage and guide their clients towards healthy behaviours and support them to take small steps in the areas of fitness, nutrition, weight management, health risk and stress management. Helping you, the client to take personal responsibility for the daily decisions that will lead you towards you goals and you longer term Vision.

Want to know more? Contact me at www.restorefitness.com.au to book your complimentary consultation and begin the journey to a life that can be a rich and wonderful experience once you achieve your optimal physical and mental state.

References: Coach yourself to Wellness, Living the Intentional Life by Fiona Cosgrove,  The National Wellness Institute, The World Health  Organization

Mental Health & Exercise

Mental Health Week and the Benefits of Exercise

What is Mental Health Week all about?

Did you know that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue in their lifetime? October 4th to 10th was Mental Health Week across Australia. Mental Health Week is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year to coincide with International Mental Health Day.

It aims to engage communities in activities that promote mental wellbeing, raise awareness and understanding of the needs, experiences and issues concerning people with a mental illness and their families.

You may have been fortunate to have been involved in some of the fantastic community events run over the past week or caught one of the many radio and television programmes designed to raise awareness and help to de-stigmatize this important health issue.

Did you know that there is a strong link between a healthy body and a healthy mind?

In Australia, mental disorders are the third largest source of disease after cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Regular exercise has proven to be effective in the prevention of all three of these diseases. Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.

As well as releasing natural chemicals that improve your mood and make you feel happier, having an active lifestyle can do more to help your mental health. Taking part in physical activity is a great way to meet people, it can be a chance to give yourself a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and to find some quiet time.

Leading an active life can help raise your self-worth and improve your confidence. It can help you feel valued and help you to value yourself. Exercise and physical activity can provide something worthwhile in your life that you really enjoy, giving you a goal to aim for and a sense of purpose!

According to studies reviewed by the American Journal of Exercise Physiology (Jorm, 2013), there is a strong relationship between physical activity and mental health. Research has shown that exercise may help improve symptoms of mental disorders in particular depression and anxiety. It may also improve functioning and physical health in individuals with psychotic disorders.

Whilst there is limited research on which to guide exercise prescriptions, it is believed that both aerobic and resistance exercise may be effective, as well as programs that consist of 3 sessions per week of at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise for a minimum of 8 weeks. Higher doses may be more effective, but may be harder to stick to, particularly given the additional barriers to exercise that individuals with mental disorders may face.

Start your journey towards a Healthy Mind and Body!

Exercise programs should be developed with an appropriately qualified Health & Fitness Professional in conjunction with your primary treating medical professional and adapted to accommodate circumstances and preferences and to minimize barriers to exercise. As mental disorders increase so do the risk of chronic physical conditions. Exercise can be useful for both mental and physical health, and may maintain well-being and prevent recurrences of poor mental health.

Contact me now to book your complimentary pre-exercise screening and health check and start your journey towards a healthier mind and body!

 

Sources:

Jorm, A. J.-J. (2013). Exercise and Mental Health: An Exercise and Sports Journal of Exercise Physiology, 64-73.

Mental Health Foundation UK