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A Guide to Working With a Health and Wellness Coach

  blog post author icon   blog post published date icon   07/15/23

Balanced Living  Education  Exercise  Motivation  Nutrition  Personal Growth  Sleep  Stress  Supplements  

With so much going on in the world that we can't control, we can be proactive about our health. And one way to do this is to work with a health and wellness coach.

Having the assistance of a health and wellness expert can be beneficial. Read on for a guide on working with a health and wellness coach.

Why Work With a Health and Wellness Expert?

One of the most obvious reasons you should work with a health and wellness expert is that they're trained and knowledgeable in various aspects of health, fitness, nutrition, and overall well-being. They'll deeply understand human anatomy, physiology, and food. You can draw upon their expertise to shape your life in the right direction.

Below are a few other health and wellness coaching advantages.

A Personalized Approach

These professionals have undergone extensive training and stay updated with the latest research and trends in the health and wellness industry. They can take this wealth of knowledge and provide personalized guidance tailored to your needs, goals, and health conditions.

Not only that, but these coaches will consider your lifestyle, preferences, and limitations. This results in a wellness plan that suits you best and motivates you to improve.

Goal Setting and Accountability

It can be hard to set wellness goals when you need to figure out what's doable and unreasonable. An experienced coach can help you set realistic and achievable goals to distinguish between "attainable" and "challenging."

More importantly, once you've set these goals, your health and wellness coach can be a source of motivation and accountability. They'll make sure you stay on track and that you're committed to your health journey.

Preventative Health Measures

A crucial part of health and wellness is preventing future issues. These coaches will help you make healthy lifestyle changes and adopt preventive measures to promote your overall well-being.

If you heed their advice, you can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and health complications.

Safe and Effective Workouts

It's essential to get in physical activity to keep your fitness up. However, the average person probably doesn't know how to do safe and effective workouts, so you'd benefit from the advice of a professional.

A coach can design workout routines tailored to your fitness level and goals. They can also help you avoid injuries by teaching proper form and techniques.

Nutritional Guidance

Exercise is only one part of improving your health; another vital part is eating well.

A health and wellness coach can assess your dietary habits. From there, they can provide personalized nutritional guidance to help you achieve your health goals.

Stress Management and Mental Well-Being

Mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being, if not more. If you're not in a good place mentally, it can physically affect your body.

Luckily, health and wellness experts incorporate stress management techniques and mental health support into their programs.

What Should You Expect From Working With a Health Coach?

When working with a health and fitness coach, they'll first do an initial assessment. This will help them understand your current health status, as well as lifestyle habits, fitness level, dietary preferences, and any specific health goals or concerns you have.

Goal Setting

Once the coach understands the complete picture of your health (past, present, and future), you can set goals together. These will be clear, achievable, and measurable, too.

What's most effective is that these goals will be time-bound. This will help track your progress effectively.

Regular Sessions

Typically, you'll have regular in-person, phone, or online coaching sessions. The frequency will depend on your needs and preferences. It's common for the sessions to vary in frequency over time, too, as your needs and preferences will change.

You'll discuss your progress and challenges during these sessions. You'll then receive ongoing guidance and support. Your coach might also provide educational resources, articles, and tips to help you better understand health-related topics.

How Can You Find a Health and Wellness Coach?

To find a health and wellness coach right for you, first define your goals. This will help you find someone with expertise in the areas that align with your objectives.

You can also ask your friends, family members, and coworkers for referrals. These personal referrals are precious; you'll get people with proven track records. Otherwise, you can conduct your online research.

Look for coaches with recognized certifications and credentials from reputable organizations. Some include the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF).

While searching, utilize online directories that list certified health and wellness coaches. Try the guides from the organizations above. The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) website can be helpful, too.

Improve Your Health With an Expert's Help

If you want to get in better shape but need help knowing where to start, working with a health and wellness expert is an excellent idea. These people are trained and experienced in this field, meaning they can create a personalized plan tailored to your specific health needs and goals.

Your health is ongoing, and you must be proactive about it. With the assistance of a health and wellness coach, this is entirely possible.

Browse our selection of supplements now to get started on your health and wellness journey.


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Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. He is also a tennis instructor and gospel musician. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups and major corporations having gone through the tech boom in Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges including depression, auto-immune disorders, and being overweight that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been an advocate for healthier living encouraging others to live better through making small, gradual changes to lifestyle behaviors relating to whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, proper sleep, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.

Learn more about Jay Todtenbier.

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