What is a health and wellness coach? A health and wellness coach can help you excel at living life, even – or especially – if you are suffering from chronic medical conditions. A personal trainer and a health advocate – a coach inspires and supports change in clients. They take a look at their clients’ fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition. A certified Functional Medicine Health and Wellness Coach has been trained through a program accredited by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches and specifically deals with addressing the route causes of illness and sub-optimal health, rather than simply treating symptoms or looking for a quick fix that isn't likely to last.
A health and wellness coach provides you with specific fitness goals to work on, recipes, diet guidelines, fitness activities, and lifestyle management skills and tools to help you reach your health goals. You can also consider your coach to be your accountability buddy!
Looking for a bit of push? A health and wellness coach is perfect! Whatever health issue you are going through, your coach will work with you to create a plan to improve habits and the way you approach eating and exercise that is tailored to your needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all program.
Health coaches go above and beyond to help educate you along the way, which, in turn, enables you to become more qualified and confident in managing your healthcare.
Even more than that, health and wellness coaches utilize highly researched, evidence-based techniques, such as motivational interviewing, that help a person to clarify what they really want and, even more importantly, their true underlying motivations, as well as to sort out ambivalence ("I really want to change, but I'm not sure I'm ready to give up A, B, and C" - we've all been there!). Navigating challenges and obstacles with the support of a coach is a healthy process that facilitates learning and self-awareness. This allows a person to move through the stages of behavior change and achieve sustainable improvements in health and overall sense of well-being that are internally, rather than externally motivated. In other words, you will be happier and more successful when you are working toward something for your own reasons than just because you were told you should.
Road to Healthy Eating
Registered dietitians have extensive knowledge about the functioning of the human body, its chemical processes, development, and aging, both in health and under disease conditions. They take into consideration the following factors:
Compared to the conventional ways of dieting, nutritional coaching is better as it appears to promote improved body composition, beneficial lifestyle changes, and better overall health.
Positive Psychology is used by certified health and wellness coaches to increase their clients’ awareness of their top character strengths, giving them self-efficacy to leverage into achieving their desired outcomes. Aside from outcomes, the coaching process in itself is extremely valuable, to clarify what is truly going to make a person happy - sometimes it’s not what they expected - coaching provides a safe place for this type of personal exploration.
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