My New Corporate Wellness Coach Certification. Oh, and Sports Drinks, too.

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"Age Re-Defined" Table of Contents

“Age Re-Defined” Table of Contents

Boxing.Bag_.Punching3On April 17th, I passed the exam for and earned the credential of Certified Corporate Wellness Coach (from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of NESTA, the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). This is in addition to my existing Certified Wellness Coach credential (and my 4 other certifications). Incentives for workplace wellness programs include potentially reduced health insurance premiums, greater focus and productivity, less absenteeism, and more.

I devoted a chapter to wellness in my eBook “Age Re-Defined”.  While I am certainly into actual fitness training, wellness is a potentially much more encompassing topic.

In my eBook, I write about eight components of fitness (most recreational exercisers address fewer than all eight), and five components of wellness.

During past employment, co-workers have sought my advice or suggestions now and then on wellness topics, usually but not always nutrition-related. I remember two occasions involving the use of sports or other “specialty” drinks. One was a social acquaintance, the other a co-worker. The social acquaintance, a fellow in his 50s, in a sedentary job, and an almost daily Happy Hour attendee, mentioned that his doctor had discovered high potassium levels and couldn’t determine the cause. Because I had encountered another older, sedentary fellow – the co-worker – who (inexplicably) drank rather copious amounts of sports drinks, I asked if he, too, indulged in that habit. He said yes. I suggested that the sports drinks probably contained potassium and could well be the source of his high levels. He discussed this with his doctor and that was that. Cause determined. The co-worker, 60+, diabetic (type 2), sedentary, also drank rather copious amounts of sports drinks containing sugar (usually intended to replenish glycogen stores expended during intense training or athletic competition). When I pointed out the sugar content to him, he curtailed his intake. In general, sports drinks can be useful after – or possibly during – relatively long and intense training periods, or in conjuction with athletic competition.

I’m not a physician or a registered dietician. So, I don’t give medical advice or detailed meal plans. Nor would I as a Wellness Coach. Studying for the Corporate Wellness Coach certification simply caused me to reflect on past instances in which coworkers had asked for and thanked me for my input, in a co-worker to co-worker context.

Check out my eBook “Age Re-Defined” (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.) for much more information on Wellness and other related topics.

Be well.