Many people who are overweight or obese know what to do to make themselves healthier. They know what they should eat. They know that they should get up and move more. They know that they should exercise regularly. Many that have chronic health conditions know that they should take their medications.
They all know that they should follow this positive advice but they have a difficult time putting these recommendations into action. A health coach can help a client take action through lifestyle changes that have a tremendous impact on weight management, health, and wellness. A health coach can help a person want to change by connecting with them in a way that the person believes that they can change and that those changes will be lasting. These lifestyle changes involve fitness, nutrition and emotional-behavioral balance which all affect a person's wellbeing.
They will have balance physically and emotionally in everything that they do. Feelings of stress, apprehension, and insecurity occur when people start a lifestyle modification program. I build relationships with clients through direct interaction during regular coaching sessions which provides the time and the opportunity to improve a client's experience, adherence, and success towards a lifestyle modification program. I keep the clients' needs in mind during each coaching session.
Coaching sessions are held in a non intimidating environment at a quiet comfortable space in the client's home or online via video or phone call. I constantly work to increase the client's belief that they can succeed successfully. We talk about the unsuccessful past attempts to be healthy, stay active or lose weight. We work towards identifying and understanding why these attempts didn't work. I examine the client's support systems, expectations, barriers and preferences as they relate to those previous attempts at lifestyle modification. It's common for initial program expectations to be unrealistic.
I will work with the client to modify the expectations by focusing on the client and understanding the client's needs.