'You need to get fit, stay fit and live fit’. Those are the messages we see every day. But for many of us, it’s really difficult to squeeze physical activity into our busy lives.

We need motivations. Not just a reason to get active, but a reason to stay active. It is important for everybody who is part of the coaching family to understand this.

The NHS states that leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing major illnesses, lower the risk of early death by 30%, while it champions the role of physical activity in helping you lead a healthier and happier life.

We can also need assistance in getting and staying active. That’s where #GreatCoaching comes in.

Great coaching encourages people to be more active, more often.

From UK Coaching’s 2017 YouGov study, we know that:

  • 84% of people believe that the coaching they received helped to improve their fitness
  • 82% of people said it helped them to improve their physical health
  • Coached participants are more likely to be involved in sport or physical activity over a four-week period, than non-coached participants: 78% compared to 43%.

Fitness professionals make up a major part of the wider coaching family and should consider this too. Understanding what great coaching looks like will help them to understand the people who take part in their fitness activities.

But what does #GreatCoaching look like?

In June, UK Coaching launched its Principles of Great Coaching – #GreatCoaching is about PEOPLE and coaching the person in front of you. It is:

Person-Centred
Empowering
Organised
Positive
Learning
Engaging

By displaying these principles in their coaching, those who coach can encourage the nation to get fit, and stay fit. That’s what we wholeheartedly believe at The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), and it’s great to see so many other initiatives around such as #NationalFitnessDay that are encouraging the nation to get involved and be physically active.

The national day, taking place today, is highlighting the significance of physical activity across the country, helping to raise awareness of the importance in leading healthier and more active lifestyles.

We think this ties in brilliantly to #GreatCoaching. By understanding the goals and aspirations of the person in front of them, coaches can positively empower people wanting to get fit.

Everybody within the coaching family, whether they are a fitness instructor, class leader or a coach, can encourage all participants to get more involved in fitness and in turn help to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

As well as looking for principles of great coaching, within fitness it is important to understand that the person instructing you is qualified in their area of expertise.

REPs is the largest independent public register for the Health and Fitness Industry in the UK, recognising the qualifications and expertise of health-enhancing exercise instructors across the four home nations.

REPs is an active member of the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs). The global standards, adopted by REPs, ensure that our members relocating or travelling abroad will be recognised as professionals in their industry by the nine other member countries.

Members of the public who use a fitness professional who has REPs membership can be sure that they are appropriately qualified with the knowledge, competence and skills to perform their role effectively.