What makes a healthy life? If you don’t know the answer to that question, or if you think you know but definitely aren’t living one, then a working with a health coach might be something to consider.
A health coach is a wellness mentor or supportive guide that motivates someone to make healthier choices for mental, emotional and physical well being. Through systematic behavior modifications, I encourage my clients to re-learn lifelong habits and create a stronger will power to avoid relapses in old behavior.
Health coaches can assist with:
- Goal setting
- Stress management strategies, including mindfulness techniques
- Improving sleep
- Creating healthy habits
- Excercise regimentation and planning
- Meal planning
- Holistic approaches to chronic issues related to general health*
*It’s important to note that I am not a dietician, nutritionist, counselor or doctor. The job of a health coach, rather, is like a friend who gives it to you straight…and who happens to have knowledge and experience to offer well-guided suggestions for improvement.
For example, if you eat a huge bowl of ice cream every night and at your next physical your physician says your blood sugar is high and you are overweight, my job is to tell you to 1). PUT DOWN THE BEN & JERRY’S, 2). delve into the behavior leading up to the nightly binge, and 3). develop a plan to avoid triggers and create alternative healthy habits, such as meal planning, exercise and goal/reward strategies.
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about fitness, nutrition and stress management. Working one-on-one with someone with education and experience can help put any confusion to rest, and ensure that you stick to your goals with firm accountability coming from a friendly professional. I like to get creative with my clients, coming up with ways they can actually enjoy making changes that typically aren’t so fun. You do, after all, want to love your life.