The power of data for better health

The power of data for better health

By Published On: January 8th, 2021

While I get paid to help my clients work towards their objectives, it’s been several years since I tracked the process of getting to one of my goals.

I was never a big science or mathematic fan in school, so I never really understood why data mattered.  

The thought of gathering data was foreign to me.  

But I always LOVE research and participating in new things.

And I appreciate the power of data for better health.

When an opportunity showed up recently to join a group and complete a goal, I jumped on board.  

In October of 2020, I joined “Project PR” – a virtual running recovery study through WHOOP and Outside Magazine to improve my 5k running time by focusing on training smarter, not harder (my kind of research!).

In this eight-week, 5k training program, I received specialized instructions each week and tailored my specific WHOOP metrics approach.

This first-of-its-kind running study offered an opportunity to train virtually with thousands of people from all athletic backgrounds. 

While my job as a health coach is to work with clients virtually, I’m always up for getting out of my comfort zone.  

It was fun to be a client this time and look at it as an opportunity to learn.  

What did it provide the WHOOP study provide?

  • Community. Even with the whole world is in lockdown, technology has proven that we can virtually connect as much or as little as we want to.
  • Accountability. Our virtual group supported each other with ways to train smarter. Granted, some people were super keen and did more than was required, others got injured, and people like me just stayed the course!
  • Fun. I have been running since I was 14 years old, and it’s still my favorite way to play. Running is fun! Plus, having someone else help design the running guidelines week after week was effortless and provided a great way to switch things up.
  • Consistency. Having an email delivered every Sunday for the week ahead gave me time to plan the training into my schedule and keep it consistent.  
  • Results. Staying on task and putting in the work required, I managed to shave almost 5 minutes off my 5k time. I’ve set the bar. Next year I will beat it!   

Similarly, whether coaching clients one-on-one or as part of The Play for Life System group coaching program, the focus is on having fun, building community, helping you be consistent, and, of course, getting results.  

If you’re ready to make some changes to the way you play (exercise), eat, or manage stress, here’s a pro tip: find someone who can help you keep accountable and push you outside of your comfort zone.

Does it have to be a 5k? No, of course not. It can be anything that you want it to as long as it helps move you forward in your health objectives. 

Play on!

Coach Jan xo



If you are keen to understand your body better and want help tracking data to help you be the best version of yourself, reach out and book a FREE health accelerator call. Let’s see how I can help and if we are a good fit to work together. 

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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