Have you been wanting to lose that last 5-10 lbs? Have you finally decided you are ready to achieve your dream body but have know idea how to get there? Have you had a recent health scare and want to get your health back on track? These are all great reasons to seek out a health coach. But many aren’t sure what a health coach is or does and how or why it is different than seeing a personal trainer and if it might benefit them so, as a health coach, I wanted to demystify that for you today.
First, let’s talk about what a health coach is and how they are different than a personal trainer. A health coach receives training in nutrition and exercise, similar to a trainer, but they also receive special training in the psychological aspects of behavior change. That means that a health coach will know how to help you set up successful habits and change behaviors that have sabotaged your results in the past. Coaches are also trained in goal setting and helping people achieve a wide range of healthy goals.
During your first meeting with your health coach, you will probably start with discussing your goals. Your coach will ask you a lot of questions to figure out what you want to get out of working together. He or she will help you to make your goals “SMART”- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. You are more likely to achieve a SMART goal, because creating a goal in this way takes away the vagueness and instills a level of accountability.
Once you have your goal in place, your health coach will help you look at the aspects of your life that can contribute to achieving your goal. These can include nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle (sleep, stress, smoking, drinking, etc.). You will work with your coach to create a step by step plan for achieving your goal. This will usually include an exercise and nutrition plan.
Each time you meet with your coach you will work on taking steps to move closer toward your goal. You will look at the things that are working well and the things that are not and figure out what adjustments need to be made. Adjustments can be made to your nutrition and exercise plan.
Your coach is there to cheer you on and help you stay accountable, not to punish you, judge you or put you down. He or she wants to see you succeed. Make sure you find a coach that you like and relate to. If you find yourself lying to your coach because you are afraid of disappointing them, you are doing yourself a disservice. You want to work with someone that you feel comfortable with and have rapport with. A good coach will also have a good understanding of fitness and nutrition and help you make healthy habits that fit your lifestyle instead of imposing impractical rules that make you feel miserable.
I have worked with coaches in various areas of my life and I always feel like it is helpful. Even when I have the knowledge in a certain area, I find that the accountability and support a coach provides is helpful.
If you are interested in working with a health coach, Contact Me. The first 30 minute session is FREE.