Jenifer Lee: Personal Trainer & Holistic Health Coach – Guest Feature
Hey folks! As part of our dedication to bringing you new resources for increasing happiness, we’ll be sharing spotlights on certain distinguished and interesting individuals. This week, we’ve got Jenifer Lee; personal trainer and holistic health coach. Big thanks to Jenifer Lee for taking the time to answer these questions and share with us. Let’s get into it, shall we?
If you could share one idea with the world, what would it be?
That self-confidence and physical health are paramount to happiness and success.
What do you think is most important for people to know about being healthy?
I would say the most important thing to know is that what you eat effects the body in a number of ways – it effects how you think and how you feel. There is so much amazing research on this now. I also think its important to understand that its small efforts done consistently that bring about health, not drastic changes or quick-fix plans. It has to be a lifestyle. Additionally, a healthy mindset makes every aspect of life easier. A healthy diet without a healthy mind will still not give you the health and freedom you want. I used to think that and learned it the hard way 🙂
How did you decide to become a fitness coach specifically for women?
I wanted to become a coach as I found so much health, strength and confidence through transforming my own. I began specializing in women somewhat by accident, as I helped a few ladies transform and they shared their stories and it just expanded from there. I have had male clients in the past, however I enjoy working with women as they are a little more complex emotionally, hormonally, and there is a lot more pressure on them from society to look a certain way. I feel that women need to help women to overcome these things and find a healthy balance in life as I know what it feels like to be unhealthy and low on confidence, and I really believe that you cant help anyone overcome something that you haven’t overcome yourself
What unique challenges do women face in the fitness realm?
I think the pressure to sexualize yourself is way too high amongst women. They start their fitness journey to become fitter, healthier and happier and find themselves bombarded with images of girls boobs, bums, and ‘perfect’ bodies, and realize that in most cases, you really do have to exploit your body on a regular basis to gain a following. This isn’t true in ALL cases, but in many it is. They feel the pressure to get surgery in order to attain a ‘perfect’ female look. It plays on their self-esteem. Body confidence amongst the younger women I work with is the lowest I have ever seen it and this is what I focus on most with all the women I work with
What is one actionable exercise or reflection question you think would help people increase their happiness?
Good questions (in terms of any activity they undertake) would be something like; Why am I doing this? Why did I start? Am I actually enjoying the process? If I were to remove social media from my life, would I still want to do it? I always try to make sure that their motivation to transform is intrinsic, and not based on societal pressure. I always check within myself before I do anything to make sure its going to add intrinsic value to my life and I encourage others to do the same.
What book do you most often recommend to others and why?
I love the Alchemist by Paul Coelho as its an easy read and its full of every day life wisdom, and anything by Joe Dispenza, such as ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, or ‘You are the Placebo, as they highlight the power of the mind and how your body reacts physiologically to emotions and stress. There are so many amazing books out there though so I generally suggest starting there and then following their own research path afterwards as different books resinate with different people.
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