Don’t Hire a Health Coach –

 

Unless:

  • You want to save on medical bills –  Heart stents are $23,000-200,000, a health coach is $75-$300 per visit.  You can’t really put a price on the time you can spend with your family or extra time to be healthy and make contributions to society.  Not to mention the difference you make in the lives of others.
  • Need increased energy – do you ever dream of being able to be productive past 3 p.m.?  Do you ever feel like you run out of gas way to early in the day?  Do you feel like you need some kind of boost to get you through?
  • Could use help with goals and accountability? – Do you have grand intentions, but you fall off after a couple weeks for one reason or another?
  • You really need someone to listen to you. – You would think we could talk to our friends and family, but sometimes no one is there…or they are preoccupied with their own events…or we just want someone who is non judgmental or unattached to the outcome.
  • You would like easy access and direction to educational resources on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle.  Health coaches have been educated on thousands of dietary theories, career, family, relationship, fitness, spiritual and nutrition.  While they don’t prescribe, they have the education that allows them to access resources that can benefit and guide.
  • You need ways to live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy time with friends and family, even if they are unhealthy. – It can be pretty tricky when you make healthy changes and the people around you are not ready.  They can throw up road blocks, stand in your way and object.  It can be done and having someone on your side always makes it easier.
  • Have a doctors diagnosis and need help following a protocol. – Doctors don’t have time to do everything.  That is where health coaches come in.  A good health coach can work hand in hand with your doctor to help you move toward a healthier lifestyle within the guidelines your doctor sets up for you.
  • You don’t have enough time for yourself. – So many of us put so much into everyone else’s lives, we shortchange ourselves.  A health coach can help with that.
  • You are stressed and not dealing with it well.  Secrets to alleviate and prevent stress can make you healthier, improve your relationships and even help you to lose weight.
  • Chronic health issues have crept up and you just don’t know where to start to make lifestyle changes.  It is really hard to navigate recovery and restoring health.  Knowing the foods that support you and give you immunity, reduce inflammation and give you more energy is only half the battle.  Accountability and support in supporting your health is irreplaceable. 
  • You’d really like to make some changes but you just can’t seem to stick with it.  A health coach can be the difference between dropping off early and achieving your goals.
  • Are you considering a diet because you want to lose weight fast?  Health coaches have studied all the dietary theories and will show you how to lose weight by adding, not subtracting.  You will make gradual changes that are sustainable.
  • A triathlon is coming up and your performance needs to improve.  A health coach has access to everything you need to improve your pre-workout and post workout recovery.  Why try to stumble through it when you can get educated guidance?
  • Your family needs to make some nutrition changes and you would like to learn some healthy new recipes.  Learning some new foods and meals can help you bring your family to a new and healthier level.  Health coaches can provide you with recipes that are nutritious and tasty.
  • Your kitchen is set up with a deep fat fryer, microwave and you want to reassess your needs for a well equipped healthy kitchen.  A kitchen makeover and grocery store tour can go a long way to get you and your family on the road to nutritious meals.
  • You are grieving and could just use an ear.  Dealing with loss involves many feelings, having someone to talk to can help to alleviate depression, fear, guilt, sorrow.  A  health coach can listen when you need it most.

If any of this resonates with you, maybe it is time to give yourself the gift of health.  Talk to a health coach.  A health coach can help you clarify, learn and move forward.  Health coaches are a much needed addition to the field of health care.

 

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What do you think?  Could you use a health coach?

This is our first National Health and Wellness Coach Week!  Congress has recognized the importance of health coaches.

“The United States faces a health crisis due in large part to the prevalence of costly chronic conditions, which are largely brought on by poor lifestyle choices,” Ryan wrote. “Health and Wellness Coaches work with individuals and shift them from being passive recipients of expensive health care interventions to adopting a responsible, self-directed, proactive stance that facilitates lasting positive change. It is vital that Health and Wellness Coaches continue to expand their good work, the nation needs it.”  US Rep Tim Ryan – Ohio  SOURCE- BusinessWire

Feel free to share this list with anyone and everyone.  It is for you.

 

Celebrate National Health and Wellness Coach Week!

Share your experiences with health coaching and any of the points on the list in the comment section below!

 

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14 Comments

  1. Mariam

    Hi Cathy,

    This was great!! I’m on your mailing list and love your informative materials. I was wondering if I could use this for my website! You’ve nailed everything I’d ever want to say to anyone considering hiring a health coach!

    Best,
    Mariam Bandarian
    http://www.missnutritionista.com

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    • Julie

      Mariam,

      Did you get a reply to your question? I have the same question.

      Thanks,
      Julie

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    • Cathy

      Hi Mariam, You are definitely welcome to use this. Share it with as many people as you can! Thank you!

      Reply
  2. deb Lange

    Great list Cathy! It sounds like what we dream Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grand mothers, friends would do – only with many people not only, living far afield, many are estranged from family. And there is also great benefit in listening to some-one outside of family. Asking for help and guidance takes courage, but, it seems to be developing at great speed with many now seeing the benefit of a coach.

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    • Cathy

      Thanks Deb,

      You are right. It does take courage. I use a health coach for myself. It does take courage the first time…and sometimes even the second time – depending on what you are going for…but it is always, always worth it.

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  3. Sue Ann Gleason

    I had no idea this was National Health and Wellness Coach Week! What a great tribute to men and women everywhere who are doing so much to empower their friends, colleagues and family members. Great list, Cathy, thank you.

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  4. Lindsey Rae

    Thank you so much Cathy! I am trying to relaunch my website this week and this is going to be a really great addition to blog posts…it’s super informative and I really think it will resonate with so many people in need of a health coach. Your emails and site are so helpful to us coaches just starting our business!

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  5. Sharon MacGregor

    Cathy – This is positively AWESOME!!! Thank you very much

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  6. Dana

    Very nice list Cathy, shining the light in areas most would not consider hiring a health coach for.

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  7. Lori

    Having gone through health coaching training myself, this article is a great reminder of all the ways that a health coach can make a difference in a person’s life. People need support and encouragement to follow through with their intentions. It is an honor and a privilege to play such a roll.

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  8. april

    love the list, cathy! “maybe it is time to give yourself the gift of health.” and what a wonderful gift that is.

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  9. Michelle

    Hee hee! I love the sass in this post, Cathy. 🙂 I think we could all use a health coach!

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  10. Susie

    I love the way you reframed this. There are so many great benefits to having a coach, especially a health coach!! Our health is the foundation of who we are.

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  11. Maria

    Love this Cathy – such great points – clarity, direction and purpose for our health. xx

    Reply

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