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Whether you work with elite athletes or regular people who just want to improve their health and fitness, Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring can be very beneficial for both coach and client / athlete. But what is it and why should you be doing it? Let's find out...
In recent years, Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring has began to make it's way from elite sports into the mainstream as more fitness and health professionals, and organisations spot the benefits it can have to both the coach and the client / athlete. Before we discuss that, let's understand a little more about it...
What is Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring?
Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring is a subjective measure of an individual's physical and psychological well-being. It measures an individual's response to their training program and the other stressors in their everyday lives, such as work, studies, relationships, etc.
It can take many different forms, paper-based or digital like RYPT, and have varying degrees of depth and convenience, from well established and thorough psychometric questionnaires like POMS and RESTQ-Sport, to simply keeping a diary.
Why should I care about Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring?
Multiple studies indicate that levels of perceived well-being reflect an individual's response to their training program and other stressors in their lives. For this reason and more, it can have huge benefits for both the individuals who monitor it, and their coaches, including:
1. Educating and empowering / Monitoring their well-being will help your clients / athletes become more self-aware and recognise how their body reacts to the physical and psychological stressors in their lives. This increased self-awareness will teach them how to deal with these stressors and help them become more autonomous when it comes to their own personal recovery.
2. Opening up lines of communication / Well-being monitoring is a great way to open up a communication channel with your clients / athletes that previously wasn't there. This allows you to see how they're reacting to your training program along with other stressors in their lives, of which you would otherwise have been unaware.
3. Providing actionable training insights / Insights into how each individual is reacting to your program can be used to personalize their program and manage their training load on any given day to achieve optimal results.
4. Providing actionable lifestyle insights / Insights into other areas of your clients / athletes life that may be affecting their recovery and performance can be invaluable. They can highlight areas that need attention in order to give them the edge.
5. Preventing over-training / Well-being monitoring can identify over-training early so that you have the time to react before your clients / athletes suffer burnout, illness, or worse, injury. This will minimize missed training sessions and downtime allowing you to make sure your clients / athletes are always in peak condition.
6. Improving performance, getting better results / All of the above combined will go towards ensuring your clients /athletes are at their peak both physically and mentally. Allowing them to train and perform at optimum levels, and reach those all-important goals.
Lifestyle / Well-being monitoring is a subjective measure of perceived well-being that can used to measure an individuals response to physical and psychological stressors.
Whether you work with elite athletes or people who just want to improve their health and fitness it can have many benefits - helping them identify how their body reacts to stressors and teaching them how to deal with them; opening up a powerful communication channel between you and your client / athlete; providing actionable training and lifestyle insights; identifying over-training early enough to take action and prevent downtime; and most importantly helping you ensure that your clients / athletes are at their peak both physically and mentally, so they can get that all-important edge and reach their goals.
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