According to a recent survey by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), "educated and experienced fitness professionals
" now constitute the most important trend in the fitness world, having jumped from third to first place since last year. "Personal trainers" rose from seventh to third place.
People want to be well. They want to be in control and feel better. They want more energy. But there is an enormous gap between wanting to be well and the everyday reality of living with the mental and physical health penalties of overeating, underexercising, and having too little down time.
The CDC reports that more than 66% of adult Americans are overweight
. Worse still, about a third of the adult population is obese.
It's a doctor's job to help their patients live a long, healthy life. But 98% is the patient's part, and that's what the life coach helps with -- everything from diet and exercise to emotional well-being. It's the same thing that doctors deal with, but the Health and Wellness Coach deals with it from a practical lifestyle perspective.