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Healthy Habits to Adopt Into Your Clients’ Lives

Behavior Change Blog Reading Time: 8 minutes
BY: jacob wildman

Healthy lifestyle habits are frequently discussed, but not everyone follows through on them. Someone may shout that fatty foods are harmful but continue to sit at fast food restaurant tables and complain about their excess weight. A person may tell you that you should participate in sports, but you spend the entire weekend sitting on the couch.

Finally, the question arises: how can you, as a coach, still persuade your customers to replace harmful behaviors with good ones? We will discuss how to steer your consumers’ ideas toward positive habits because people rarely choose the right path. We will assist you in understanding the psychology of habits and how they can benefit you as a coach.

Habit Coaching: how to influence your customers' thoughts toward healthy habits

Words alone will not persuade a client to modify their lifestyle. You need something more, such as an accurate portrayal or an example of a recognized personality, as well as the client’s own willingness to change for the better. You have numerous alternatives for reorienting the client to a healthy lifestyle based on her particular experience.

  • The story of a celebrity or idol who has successfully lost weight

Excess weight is often a problem for celebrities. Your clients may be encouraged by the notion that “if they went through this, won, and continue to impress the public, then why can’t it be me?” Consider Adele, who lost a significant amount of weight. Consider a friend or client who has similarly lost weight.

  • The story of the coach’s experience

If you can’t think of any notable people to use as examples, or if they don’t work, share your story. Remember how you arrived at this form. Include your coaching expertise. Tell your clients how you arrived at your conclusions, what motivated you, who influenced you, and what led you to the path of healthy habits. Also, for trust establishment, post your images on social media and explain what happened and how your physique changed.

  • Challenge the client, thus stimulating them 

If the first two points do not work for your client, you might issue a challenge: you provide the client with the opportunity to lose a couple of kilograms during a specific period. If the customer sees a result after implementing the trainer’s program with positive behaviors, they understand that it is effective. 

Furthermore, some words can capture attention and bypass the critical mind. The words you highlight in your persuasion are crucial and should be chosen with attention. 

  • Why imagination is good for your customers

The word “imagine” is associated with pleasurable activities, such as fantasizing, which is a good distraction from ordinary life. This word encourages your customers to look into thoughts and ideas that they might not have explored before and connect these thoughts with healthy habits. It’s a terrific way to overcome your clients’ natural hesitancy. Individual beliefs become much more vivid when you add emotion to your assertion and expressions.

“Assume you were successful in losing that vexing weight. Adele, on the other hand, did not have to dream; a challenging path awaited her, which she successfully navigated”.

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  • Positive memories as another way to motivate 

Recollections stimulate the imagination and allow people to relate to prior happy situations quickly. It helps to improve the cognitive map between now and then and can assist in the formation of pleasant connections. There is no need for your clients to cling to the past, yet having positive recollections is essential.

Let’s look at this point with a simple example. Let us have a middle-aged woman with a “couple” of extra pounds. Once, this problem did not bother her, and she felt comfortable and confident.  Of course, when she remembers the old version of herself, she has happy memories and, to some extent, pride in herself. This can push her on the right path; specifically, those memories give her hope for a positive outcome of her training. 

  • Using the word “you” is a direct influence on the client

The purity of ‘you can’, ‘you have’, ‘you are able’, and ‘you will’ have immense power. And attaching an activity or a command word to ‘you’ increases the sentence’s weight. Make your customer feel important by telling them that everything is in their control.

  • Satisfy the client’s need for an explanation

When we are perplexed or doubtful, our minds seek an explanation. By just adding the word “because,” we can satisfy our inherent want for an explanation. It’s worth noting that the justification you give doesn’t have to be particularly compelling; nonetheless, this only applies to minor requests.

Habit Coaching: comprehending the psychology of habit formation

Learning and repetition help to form habits. A person is supposed to acquire a habit by starting to correlate particular signals with behavioral reactions that help fulfill the aim. There is, however, a distinction between a routine and a habit. A routine entails frequent action, although it is not always carried out by an ingrained urge as a habit is. You can load the dishwasher or go to the gym regularly without feeling obligated to do so.

Healthy lifestyle habits make things occur without your customer thinking about them too much. Consciously engaging in one’s regular behavior is unlikely to come effortlessly; therefore, changing a habit may necessitate considerable work and consideration.

  • Help your clients develop a strong desire or obsession to modify healthy habits 

This desire will serve as a person’s motivator. To succeed, make your gym-goers believe they must work hard, give up something, and prioritize correctly. After accomplishing the goal, customers should keep maintaining balance and healthy habits in order to save the progress and good fit. 

Probably, everyone knows that habit forms within a month, about 21 days, but this is more likely to be individual. This is why a client needs the coach’s assistance for the first 1-2 months. It is you, your mindset, motivation, and the way you lead your workouts that help the gym-goers begin to adopt healthy habits in their lives. 

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All this can be supported by a brief story from one’s own life, the lives of acquaintances or friends, or the lives of celebrities. For example, implement the following instances:

  1. Christina Aguilera, the pop superstar, flaunted her substantially smaller body and an approximated 20-pound weight loss at The Voice’s season 4 premiere screening in March 2013. Working out with fitness guru Tee Sorge and doing yoga helped Aguilera get her body back in shape.
  2. Kelly Osbourne began exercising regularly and following a portion-controlled diet. She shed 85 pounds.
  3. Jimmy Kimmel began his diet with two protein drinks and a light meal every day for eight weeks before transitioning to a 2,000-calorie-per-day plan, which helped him lose 25 pounds swiftly.
  • Help your customers add incentives 

The setting will soften the path for healthy lifestyle habits, and recurrence will rev up the engine. But if the clients don’t obtain even a tangible bonus for their accomplishments along the way, they won’t develop a habit that will run on its own. Unforeseen rewards trigger dopamine release in the brain, imprinting the features of the pleasurable event in memory and increasing the likelihood that they will repeat the activity. This establishes a habit that invigorates and stimulates your customers to pursue behaviors that have positive outcomes and help you achieve your goals.

For example, if your clients are on their weight loss path, tell them that they can treat themselves to some sweets once a week. If they don’t pamper themselves, they will break loose and revert to their prior shape in a month.

What do those points mean for the coach? More money and more clients. The more the client’s achievement, the bigger the coach’s fame. You should try to get your gym-goer excited about working out. Using charm can keep viewers interested during workouts and keep them from stopping. Moreover, when working out, optimism is required. After all, exercise frequently causes the unpleasant burn of lactic acid within the muscles. Upbeat language helps us overcome our natural aversion to pain. Additionally, you may exude positivity and encouragement, but you are not naive. Recognize that specific exercises can be uncomfortable and explain the benefits of the activities as well as how specific exercises operate.

This increases the number of customers and trustworthiness. That is what makes the difference between regular coaches and top coaches who work with celebrities.


In the same order, all habits go through four stages: trigger, craving, response, and reward. This four-step sequence is the foundation of all habits, and the brain repeats these processes in the same sequence each time.

According to a new study from MIT neuroscientists, a small part of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, where most thought and planning happens, is responsible for moment-by-moment regulation of which behaviors are activated at any one time.

Some people are stimulated by encouragement and praise – i.e., they have made a little progress, so there should be a reward, just like with children. Other people are motivated by the “whip” principle. Such people should be reminded that if they give up now, then they won’t get it either, and they will reach nothing.

Powerful brain pathways might make breaking a habit more difficult. Neural pathways are highly developed parts of our nervous system that allow us to carry out daily tasks without thinking about them. Clients will not quickly abandon their habits.

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