Health coaching is on the rise, but many do not know what a health coach really is or what the benefits might be. Health coaches differ from doctors and other health care professionals in a number of ways. While they may not have Ph.D.s, health coaches are still certified experts in the field of well–being who provide their clients with holistic and informed guidance for how they can better improve their overall health.
Rather than focusing on symptomology, health coaches focus on the foundations of health to help client BUILD great foundations to help with sleep, diet, exercise, and other general lifestyle habits. A health coach focuses on the whole of you. With you in the center, you may begin working on different areas of health and wellness that are all inter-connected to one’s overall health and wellbeing – mind, body and spirit. These include:
- Movement, Exercise, and Rest
- Physical Environment
- Relationships and Communication
- Personal and Professional Development
- Mind Body Connection
Listed below are a few of the other benefits of having a health coach:
Health coaching can help you improve your diet.
Health coaches can help you navigate challenging dietary changes and improve your diet. In fact, studies show that people who have a health coach tend to eat more health-boosting fruits and vegetables and less unhealthy fats compared to people who don’t have a coach
Health coaching can motivate you to move more.
Having a health coach can be motivation for getting out and exercising and moving your body. Health coaches know how to help identify motivations and work with you utilizing accountability to help you actually achieve your fitness goals.
Health coaching can help you better understand your health.
Health coaches can make sense of the messy world of nutrition science and your personal health data to recommend the right nutrition and supplements for your needs. They know how to provide proper education about a wide variety of conditions.
Health coaching can improve overall medical outcomes.
Several studies show health coaching can significantly improve medication adherence and reduce hospitalization admissions, particularly among those with complex chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, and COPD.
Health coaching can help keep you accountable.
A good health coach will help you set realistic goals, provide motivation when needed, and offer accountability so you’re less likely to fall off track. Having someone there to walk alongside you more closely and more routinely might not sound like a big deal, but it can really make all the difference.
You are going to be living in the same body for your entire life, so it’s important to take care of it. There’s no shame in seeking support to reach your health goals and build a body that feels strong, healthy, and well nourished. Certified health coaches are uniquely qualified to offer a holistic perspective to wellness that makes your health a priority and digs to the root of your concerns rather than only treating the top-line issues. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org today to get connected with one of our AMAZING health coaches.
The Made Well Team