Physical fitness can be defined as “the capability of the heart, blood vessels, lungs and muscles to function at optimal efficiency.”  Fitness is a much broader concept that also embraces a person’s psychological well being and mental attitude.  Persons can have mental, psychological, and emotional as well as the physical fitness. 

Helping People to better Physical Fitness

A client may come to a life coach for help with a range of physical issues, such as obesity, fitness, diet, fitness after disability, smoking, drinking, and so on.  You might think why would someone who is overweight come to a life coach? Well most people who are overweight will have tried a range of fitness clubs, diets, and so on - but they have not worked or, if they have, they have not been able to sustain the improvements.

Therefore, they may come to a life coach to look at ways in which they can change their habits and lifestyle. Someone who is overweight might be set a number of minor goals such as:
  • Walking up to the stairs (at home or at work - instead of using the elevator).
  • Swapping unhealthy snacks or treats for healthier options
  • Taking a packed lunch to work with them instead of buying fast food or canteen food for lunch (to ensure they stick to a set diet)

All of these can be simple steps to change how a person eats and behaves, but sometimes the client may not see how to make the changes, or they may need someone to offer them moral support - someone they can work with to help keep them on track. So, a life coach can encourage a client to swap their negative behaviours with positive ones. 

Emotional Wellbeing

What emotions is the client experiencing? The client may come to a life coach for support to improve how they work, or for business coaching, but they may also be experiencing stress or burnout, so this can also be affecting their ability to make decisions and the running of their business.

People with profound emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depressive disorders are not the type of client a life coach should deal with. They will respond better to psychological interventions and should be referred on to a psychologist or psychiatrist.

However, those with mild anxiety issues associated with feeling unable to achieve goals, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and so forth can possibly be helped by a life coach. Obviously, you need to determine the severity of any emotional issues to see whether it is feasible to work with the client.