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The Truth About Your Diet

By Josh Hillis

Josh Hillis has been at the forefront of habit-based coaching for years. In this article, Josh does an excellent job of articulating “identity-based goals” which promote internal motivation (“I am doing this because it is who I am”) versus external motivation (“I am doing that so people will think I’m hot”). Promoting internal motivation is something many great coaches do instinctively and a skill that any coach can learn to do with the right tools. Josh has some great thoughts here on how he does that for his clients which you can start using with your own clients tomorrow.

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Flexible Dieting Myths

By Sohee Lee

Sohee writes another fantastic article about living life for the process rather than the outcome. Her advocacy of flexible dieting comes from working with clients who often get obsessed with details or “majoring in the minors.” Getting clients to focus on the process rather than the outcome has been at the heart of exercise psychology and developmental research for years. By focusing on the process, clients report higher perceptions of autonomy and competence, the hallmarks of self-determined motivation, and are far more likely to persist in their health and fitness journeys. Sohee has put together many practical tips in this article for how to get your clients thinking about the journey. Check out her “Flexible Dieters Do” and “Flexible Dieters Don’t” bullet points for some great tactics that you can use with your own clients.

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How to Stick With Good Habits Even When Your Willpower is Gone

By James Clear

A few weeks ago I got an email from James Clear asking to talk about Habit-Based Coaching. Little did I know he’s been writing about habits for years and this article is a great example of his clear, concise, and down to earth summaries of the literature out there on behavior change. This article is about crafting your environment to maximize the likelihood that you’ll make the choices necessary to meet your health and fitness goals. I work with my clients on these techniques every day and James’s overview is a great start for how to do the same thing for your own clients.

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The Lack of Meaning in the “Movement System”

By Eric Kruger, DPT

This article on Forward Thinking PT is something of a grenade in the chicken coop. Dr. Kruger writes eloquently about the role of the physical therapist in client pain management, which might not seem applicable to exercise psychology on its face, but I still recommend this article as a fantastic place to start the conversation on just what the role and scope of practice in personal training, and how slowly evidence-based techniques seep into the field. I am especially fond of the way that Dr. Kruger places the desires, emotions, and struggles of the patient central to his discussion of efficacy. It reminded me of Carl Roger’s “Person-Centered Therapy” in contrast to the behaviorist model of psychological research. This well-written and earnest article is well worth any coach’s time and a great place to start thinking about the theme of next month: the Scope of Practice