Who is Ingrid?
Certified Health Coach
Studio Cycling and TRX
Master’s degree Kinesiology – University of Michigan – 1991
I love my German heritage language and was ready to teach it (I was once a certified K-12 German teacher!), however, kept getting pulled into the wellness world in a variety of ways. I’ve been the Health and Wellness Director at a YMCA and have taught various classes at the Ann Arbor YMCA, including the Diabetes Prevention Program. It was my pleasure to run the wellness center and programming at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community the last four years, where we fully embraced active aging.
Since getting a hip replacement two years ago, I have stayed away from the impact of running and replaced it with hiking. This experience personally showed me that we continuously adjust and modify as we age to do what feels appropriate for our bodies while still nurturing our souls. We strive to keep moving, strengthening, growing, learning and experiencing life to the fullest. Which brings me to…
What is Wellness?
The International Council on Active Aging defines it:
“Wellness is derived from our ability to understand, accept and act upon our capacity to lead a purpose-filled and engaged life. In doing so, we can embrace our potential (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, vocational) to pursue and optimize life’s possibilities.
The wellness dimensions overlap and coordinate to provide rich environments for living. Wellness becomes a framework that is valuable for serving the wants and needs of a person engaged in life.”
What is Coaching?
How Coaching Sessions Work?
After completing a health assessment, we begin with an exploratory 90 minute session; at this time, using Face-Time, Google Hangouts or Zoom. This is a collaborative approach to find consistency in behaviors that already enhance your well-being and to explore the missing pieces. (Examples of topics meaningful to my clients are: better health through physical activity and dietary changes, enhanced mobility and balance, pain-free movement, better energy throughout the day, restful sleep, life-long learning, retirement strategies, financial security, aging well, deeper relationships, efficient work habits, less screen time and engaging family time.) We create your wellness vision, set 3 month goals and create goals for the next week.
The three 60 minute follow-up sessions continue weekly or every other week. For safety and convenience, at this time, coaching sessions will continue via telephone, unless a client prefers video sessions.
What People are saying
“This is the first time in years that January has rolled around and I don’t feel like I am starting over with my weight and eating goals. I was already working on consistent behaviors that carried me through the holidays and into the new year. And I’m still going!” – Margaret
– Donald Postema