Traditional thinking about health and wellness tends to leave out some of the most important dimensions of physical well-being. You may go to your doctor and they’ll tell you that you need to exercise more and eat better. You agree, and you decide that this will finally be the time you make a big change. You sign up for a gym, read some articles about how to get healthy and buy a bunch of healthy food.
Yet, a few weeks later, you’re back to where you started, or worse. You had the best of intentions, but you just couldn’t make the change stick.
Behavior change is no easy path, that’s for sure. But when it comes to the integration of diet and exercise into your life, working with a health and wellness coach could be your answer. Let’s explore wellness coaching and why you want to consider it in more detail.
More Than a Personal Trainer
A health and wellness coach works at the intersection of fitness, nutrition and healthy living. They are trained in helping clients with weight loss, obesity, chronic diseases such as diabetes, and living a healthy lifestyle overall. The best coaches are certified health professionals who also have training in coaching from organizations such as the International Coaching Federation (ICF), International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) or Wellcoaches.
Specific coaching services will vary, and the best certified health and wellness coaches will be able to adapt their approach to help you meet your specific health goals.
Benefits of Working with a Health and Wellness Coach
You’re an entrepreneur and a hustler; you do lots of things that other people would see as impossible. But with all this drive that you pour into your business and work, it’s easy to neglect your physical health. You beat yourself up because you feel like you should be able to manage your health, just like your business.
In reality, though, managing your physical health and managing your business are two entirely different domains. Your expertise at tackling one does not qualify you for the other. To help with this, you can employ the services of a health and wellness coach.
Your wellness coach is an expert at providing you with the life coaching and strategies you need to improve your health for good. You hire experts to do other tasks all the time, so why not do the same when it comes to managing your health?
A Wellness Coaching Session
What happens when you work with a health and wellness coach? A typical session can include lots of different activities. Here are five common wellness coaching services.
The session may involve the coach showing you how to perform particular exercises safely and effectively. These exercises may focus on building strength and endurance or even correcting a chronic injury. It all depends on what the coach has deemed important and what you want to achieve.
A health and wellness coach is not a dietitian, but they have likely received training in the science of diet as it relates to weight loss and management. They can assess your current diet and suggest improvements that will help you meet your health goals.
A health and wellness coach can assess your current lifestyle and suggest changes you can make to help you form new healthy habits. For instance, they might advise you to use a standing desk to incorporate more activity into your work day. Or, they could help you quit smoking, drink less alcohol and spend less time in sedentary leisure activities such as watching TV.
Stress is a part of life, but it’s present in unhealthy amounts for many of us. Often more unhealthy than the stress itself, however, is the way that we manage it through eating junk food or using drugs. A health and wellness coach can help you find healthier ways to manage stress, such as meditation, stretching, exercise or relaxation techniques.
If you want to build more physical activity into your daily life, a health and wellness coach can help. They can suggest things like taking the stairs up to your office, getting up for a stretch break every 20 minutes or just help you find the time to fit exercise into your schedule.
Where to Find a Health Coaching Professional
If health and wellness coaching sounds like something that would be beneficial to you, then you may be wondering where you can find a coach with the right qualifications. After all, you don’t want to pick someone who just says they’re a health and wellness coach when they’re just a regular personal trainer or a mental health professional who has no experience with coaching in diet and fitness.
To make sure you find a professional who has received the proper training, we recommend the following resources:
- Wellcoaches Find a Coach – Connect with a certified Wellcoach direct from the source.
- NBC-HWC Directory – The official directory of “ICHWC National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches [who] have met a minimum training and education requirement and demonstrated an understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the health & wellness coaching profession.”
- Your insurance company – In some cases, your health insurance company may be able to cover or subsidize the cost of health and wellness coaching, especially because improving your overall health means fewer healthcare-related expenses for them overall. Check with your insurance company to see if they maintain their own directory of health and wellness coaches.
Take Your Healthcare Seriously
We can’t overemphasize how important your health is. It’s easy to overlook it in the pursuit of other forms of success, but it’s one of the highest forms of wealth you can have. Health is far more crucial to your enjoyment of life than money or fame.
So take it seriously, whether that’s through health and wellness coaching or just maintaining a daily exercise routine and a healthy diet.
Wishing you health and prosperity!