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There are a number of approaches for helping people improve their lifelong health in modern world.
1. Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is the 1st major cycle we need to attack. Reduce inflammatory foods and stimulants while targeting maintenance calories. It’s always best to attack one habit at a time to establish a lifestyle.
Many of the common country vegetables and huge parts of the Mediterranean diet have anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation comes in many ways however, mental stress can be a massive obstacle as well. Not that training can solve all that life stress it can when loaded properly balance it somewhat. However many strategies are needed to counteract excessive stress and that may sometimes need other professionals help also.
2. Learning to relax
More and more as the years have gone on I realize what I help people with that’s away from the gym is by far the most important work we do. I try to teach specific approaches and techniques to reduce and manage stress. These strategies can include:
Periodic therapies (massage or similar, whatever works for them)
It is important to find the strategy that works best for each person and write it into the weekly schedule.
3. Have goals
Always set realistic goals for yourself and clients. It is common for clients to have unrealistic ideas what they can achieve in a certain time frame. With athletes there is a much less of an improvement ceiling
than with most general population people.
Setting realistic goals at the start will help eliminate the negative feedback of failing to meet unrealistic goals.
Set lifestyle goals in addition to training goals and body composition will change as a secondary result.