WHAT IS HEALTH COACHING?
If you’ve landed on this page, you may have already perused my website, checked out my profile, and been intrigued by my services. But you might still be wondering:
what is a health and wellness coach and how can you help me? Find the answers to your questions below.
Q: What is Health and Wellness Coaching?
A: A Health Coach is a wellness professional whose main goal is to guide clients to reach their health and wellness goals, whether that’s sleeping better, boosting energy, weight loss, stress management, and so much more. Health Coaches create a safe space for their clients to explore their health, facilitating behavior, and lifestyle change that can be sustained for the long-term.
At the moment, most people aren’t capable of making healthy lifestyle choices because they’re undereducated about healthy living. A majority of people feel the pressure to keep up with fad diets, but the immense amount of conflicting information on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. Or, some may know what they could be doing to improve their health and well-being, but aren’t actively implementing the tools to get there. They either don’t have the know-how, lack energy and motivation, or aren’t sure what would work best for their specific needs. This is where a health and wellness coach, such as myself, can support you.
Q: What’s the difference between health coaches and other medical professionals (doctors, dietitians, personal trainers, etc)?
A: While a doctor, dietitian, or personal trainers are specifically trained to diagnose, treat or prescribe treatment plans for their patients, health coaches act as a critical interpreter and patient advocate for people dealing with a system that has less time to listen and explain how to implement treatment plans. No other professional will be as effective in supporting the client as they set goals, unearth values & strengths, and access intrinsic motivations to encourage the development of sustainable healthy behaviors and attitudes.
While you may have to wait days or even weeks to get in touch with these medical professionals, health coaches make themselves available to you whether it's via phone, email, or text, in your time of need.
Q: Why would I want to hire a health coach?
A: Health coaches are at the forefront of today’s health revolution and can fill in the gaps between what the healthcare industry traditionally provides and what many people really need. In the conventional healthcare system that we’re all used to, physicians often have to limit the length of appointments, which means spending less time with their patients. And while a very strong connection exists between diets and health, many medical professionals do not have adequate education in nutrition — specifically whole foods nutrition — to provide the kind of guidance and support that patients need. Health coaches can spend more time with patients AND help them make the connection between what they eat and how it affects their health.
You will also be given a personalized program as there’s no ‘’one size fits all’’ approach to health. Your coach knows this and will take the time to get to know you, your habits, your current diet, and your health and wellness goals, as well as any history you have with previous diets and exercises. They’ll work with you to outline a plan tailored to your unique story and needs that sets you up to reach your unique goals.
Q: Who can work with health coaches?
A: Health coaches don’t just work with the least healthy members of the population; they can support people with any number of health challenges and goals, from reducing stress, implementing healthier eating habits, restarting an exercise regimen or getting into peak physical shape, managing diabetes, or losing weight. Stay-at-home mom, busy entrepreneurs, women wishing to improve their relationship with food, and people living with chronic conditions can all benefit from working with a health coach.
Health coaches meet clients at their level of readiness to reduce stress and create a personalized approach. Health coaching is right for you if you:
Are unsure of how to improve health or hesitant on if you are even ready to do it
Know what to do but not how to do it
Know how to change but aren’t confident that you can succeed without the support
Sick of temporary fixes and want to learn how to make lasting changes
Want to take back your health and feel empowered to make healthy choices in your life
Q: Does health coaching really work?
A: While there’s no magic pill to achieving optimal health, health coaching might be the next best thing. However, you will get as much out of your time with your coach as you are willing to put into it. Coaching has grown to a billion-dollar industry with the potential to make a big difference in the quality of people’s lives because it is the science of change. Coaching is effective for people managing a variety of health conditions. According to a recent study, coaching “results in clinically relevant improvements in multiple biomarker risk factors (including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness) in diverse populations.” Coaching has also helped improve the health-related quality of life.
So, why do people often succeed when working with a health coach when they’ve struggled to make changes on their own? Much of this success comes from:
A coach’s presence and availability, providing support and accountability
How coaches listen and what they listen for: they help people identify challenges and blind spots that are preventing change
The types of questions that coaches ask sometimes, all people need is a partner to stir the pot or ask the right questions or reflections, leading them to pause and consider their health in a way they never had before.
The collaborative relationship that coaches develop with clients: clients become empowered as the experts on their own bodies, minds, and circumstances