Just as a sports coach can help an athlete develop and excel at a sport, a Health Coach can help anyone excel at living their life, even — or especially — if they have chronic medical conditions.
By partnering with one of our certified health coaches, you will be inspired and challenged to go beyond what you would do alone. Our certified health coaches are professionally trained to help you reach your best health and wellbeing. You will discuss mental and physical health together and set realistic goals that will lay the foundation for success.
Health coaching has a few common principles:
• To have a purpose and to improve the health and wellness of clients.
• A belief that people are resourceful and have self-management abilities.
• To form an active partnership with the client.
• To focus on the benefit of the client by providing a personalized approach.
• Setting goals for the client based on their preferences rather than those of professionals.
• Helping people assess the point they are at and see how to move forward through taking action.
• To improve insight through health education, reflection, identifying client barriers, and strategies of self-awareness.
• Allowing the client to feel empowered as a consequence of health coaching.
• To build skills from lived experience and or skills learned from the coach.
Health Coaching is effective for people managing a variety of health conditions.
According to a recent study, health 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 health-related quality of life and reduced hospital admissions in patients with COPD. No wonder some doctors’ offices are offering it, some insurance companies are paying for it, and private companies are even starting to offer coaching to their employees in order to lower their healthcare costs.
Why should you hire a health coach?
A Health Coach is a partner in your wellness journey who gives support, guidance, and accountability as you set realistic goals, assess progress, and manage mental health. Fitness trainers and dietitians tell you which exercises to do or what diet to follow, but health coaches help you define your wellbeing by tapping into your innate desire to achieve health. A health coach acknowledges that you are the expert on your own life, and they use that knowledge to help build a plan that works for you.
A health coach will…
Help set realistic goals
As an example, your doctor might recommend lowering your blood pressure. Creating a thorough plan with a health coach will help you take steps toward reducing your blood pressure and a positive outcome. A goal is only a dream until you write it down and take action to achieve it.
Hold you accountable
Support is crucial to long-term, sustainable behavior change. A health coach provides support, education, and accountability.
Help you recognize the progress beyond the scale
Better quality of sleep, improved energy levels and a reduced waistline are all measures of progress. A health coach will assist you in recognizing progress in areas that you may not be aware of.
Focus on all aspects of well-being including mental health
Some of the most important benefits of a healthy lifestyle are improved mental health and reduced stress. Health coaches will develop approaches to improve all aspects of well-being including stress reduction making sure that your journey improves your sense of wellbeing.