Wellness vs Fitness: What is the difference?

There is a big movement at the moment in the global Health and Fitness industry towards wellness. The Health and Fitness industry can be very confusing at times, especially when it comes to fads and new movements. So, what is “wellness” and what does it mean to be a “Wellness Coach”?

Wellness is defined as; the state of being healthy, especially when it is something that you actively try to achieve, or activities that are designed to help people feel healthier and happier, or the business of providing these activities. (Cambridge Dictionary, 2023)

It is therefore important to understand that fitness can be incorporated into overall wellness, and that the wellness of any individual can be improved by including fitness-based activities into their daily routine.

Dimensions of Wellness

“Wellness is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fueling the body, engaging the mind, and nurturing the spirit” (8 Dimensions of Wellness, University of Maryland)

A Wellness coach should strive to encourage the following in their clients:

  1. Promotion of Health Choices
  2. Self-Regulation
  3. Creation of Health Habits
  4. Self-Awareness

Trainer vs Coach

Lights a fire Under SomeoneLights a fire Inside Someone
Affects the hour they are with someoneAffects the hours they are not with someone
Hopes To Get Through the SessionHopes To Get Through To Someone
Reminds someone of their problemsSolves the problems
Stretches your legsStretches your limits
Counts your repsDiscounts your excuses
How much time you put inHow much you put into time
Wants you to do your bestWants you to achieve better than your best
Concerned with How, Where and WhenConcerned with Who, What and Why
Develops and Delivers a WorkoutCreates and Cultivates a Purpose
As a Wellness Coach a professional would be more concerned with the overall approach to “living” for their client, rather than merely their performance in a gym session. A Personal Trainer should strive to be a coach to their clients, become a mentor for a healthier lifestyle and a guide to a greater state of Well-being.

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