Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Health Coach
Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Chronic diseases; including cancer, cardiovascular disease, COPD and diabetes account for 76% of deaths in Ireland and this figure is set to rise. The primary drivers for this disease epidemic include diet, lifestyle and behaviour; all of which we have the power to influence and change. However change is not easy. It takes on average 66 days for a new habit to stick, with individual times varying from 18 to 254 (!) days according to a 2009 study. It takes drive, motivation, and strategy to change our habits—especially if we’ve been doing things a certain way for a long, long time. But most importantly, in order for change to happen and be made permanent the right support is required. Unfortunately GP’s are not trained in supporting behaviour changes nor do they have the time to focus on diet and lifestyle in the 10 minutes that they spend with patients. And rightly so, this isn’t their area of expertise. This is where health coaching comes in.
What is a health coach?
Health coaches are experts on human behaviour, motivation, and health. They are change agents. They understand how habits form, they know how to reverse them, and they specialise in helping people overcome obstacles in pursuit of their goals. How do they do this?
Coaches help people discover the “why” behind their desired health change
They empower people as the experts on their own bodies, minds, and circumstances
They help people identify challenges and blind spots that are preventing change
They provide support and accountability
They use their broad knowledge of health and wellness to help people navigate a variety of health concerns
Health coaching is a partnership between coaches and clients that guides clients toward the changes that they want to make. Coaches and clients develop a relationship that allows them to explore clients’ values, reasons for change, and what’s possible. Health coaches use a client-centred approach to working with people. Coaches are not experts on what their clients should do. Instead, they act as partners and facilitators, supporting their clients in taking action, creating plans, and achieving goals based on the clients’ ideas, interests, and experiences.
So what are the benefits of working with a health coach?
Whilst those with chronic diseases benefit massively from working with a health coach; a 2017 study found health coaching has positive effects on clients dealing with heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, among other chronic diseases; health coaching is for anyone who wants to make improvements to their health and wellbeing. They can support people with any number of health challenges and goals, from restarting an exercise regimen or getting into peak physical shape to reducing stress, implementing autoimmune protocols, or losing weight.
Working with a health coach allows clients to gain confidence as they take action and make changes, which can spread to other areas of their lives. These benefits can include better relationships, work–life balance, or general improvements in life satisfaction. Health Coaches empower clients to take back control of their lives by building habits that allow them to continue creating a healthy life for themselves for the rest of their lives. Sometimes it can be as simple as establishing a regular bedtime routine to improve sleep, developing a consistent yoga or meditation practice, implementing mindful eating or even gaining the confidence to start cooking.
Nowadays we all have so much to juggle between work, hobbies, exercise, socialising, and healthy eating; that sometimes something has to give and the majority of the time it’s looking after ourselves and what is important to us. We are so good at looking after others and making sure everyone else is happy that we sometimes forget about number 1. Working with a Health Coach ensures that you look after yourself and allows you to identify what is most important to you so you can lead a healthy life; whilst putting measures in place for this to happen.
When you sign up to health coaching with Nourish For Life, you will receive many layers of support that will ensure you are able to eliminate the confusion that comes with weeding through nutrition information, evidence based research and behaviour change, to assist you in creating long-term sustainable changes while keeping you feeling motivated, supported, and focused.
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