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Is Certified Health Coach Training

Undergoing a certified health coach training program can be very rewarding. There are many things in store for you if you decide to pursue the health and wellness industry as a health coach but before anything else, you have to know what a health coach exactly is, what his responsibilities are and what is expected of a good and health and wellness coach.

A health coach is someone who is tasked to help people in efficiently managing their health conditions and even some illnesses. Most of these conditions are chronic and are hard to handle. When you are a health coach, you are expected to guide your client in properly addressing and discovering their own strength to deal with lifestyle and behavior changes. You are not tasked with diagnosing an illness or becoming a substitute for a physician’s care.

A good wellness coach undergoes certified health coach training which provides a framework which they can use to assist their clients in identifying issues, concerns and problems. These issues are often hindrances that stop the client from taking full responsibility of different lifestyle and health changes that he or she should do to achieve wellness goals.

Like all other forms of coaching, being a health coach requires you to utilize various forms of goals for a particular purpose, identify obstacles as well as become a personal support system for your client. The relationship that you build with your client has an accountability nature and is focused on achieving overall wellness goals that are defined early on. The client defines these goals with the guidance from the health coach.

There are many definitions of what a health and wellness coach really is. Some scientists describe a coach as one who practices health promotion and education in a schooling and instruction context and aims to promote the well-being of his or her clients. Achievement of different health-related goals, most commonly losing or gaining weight, is also facilitated by the coach.

A good coach motivates behavior change in order to make it easier for the client to change his or her lifestyle in order to achieve a clearly stated set of health goals. Client-centered counseling is also expected since it is a good form of eliciting change in behavior of the clients.

Clients who require health coaches are often ready for change, which significantly decreases their ambivalence for lifestyle changes. However, they might meet obstacles along the way and may need their coaches to help them get back on track.

Health and wellness coaching is different from other types of coaching since it does not instruct clients what to do, but rather help them overcome obstacles and motivate them in case they lose hope in the middle of the change or simply get tired of the lifestyle changes that they need to do.

Top 10 Reasons to Hire Or Be One

Health Coaching is a relatively new profession which focuses on helping people making positive changes in their health, physical, mental and emotional lives, that they have not been able to do for themselves. Its about people deciding that the personal cost for not making some changes has become too high. They are willing to trade pain for gain — so to speak. Here are ten “pain for gain” reasons to hire (or become) a health coach.

  1. Health Coaching and Weight Loss

One of the most challenging (and discouraging ) behavioral changes that people try to make is losing weight and keeping it off. We are all aware of the health risks associated with being overweight. Many people have been on the weight loss and gain it back yo yo ride for years. What can make the difference and break this vicious cycle is a trained professional to guide you how to take it off and keep it off. This can be done with a few key lifestyle changes which are easier than you might think especially with the support of a health coach. What would it mean to you to lose 20-40 pounds and never gain it back. Visualize yourself at your ideal weight. What does that feel like? What does it look like? See yourself there now. Feels great doesn’t it?

  1. Health Coaching and Eating Habits

A second behavior change that is tied to and often more challenging than weight loss is our eating habits. We love to eat ( and eat and eat and eat) And most of us are addicted to some form of junk food. Mine is chocolate. How our lives could change if we could make a few basic improvements in our daily diet. More energy, better sleep, less illness because of a boosted immune system, healthier skin, look better, feel better. So how do we do it. A health coach can introduce and effective program that makes sense and is easy to do if you are motivated to make a few changes and reap the rewards.

  1. Health Coaching and Stress

Stress can literally destroy people’s lives. The pace today is hectic and people are paying the price. Marital break ups, illness, child abuse, addictions, mental ill health, low self esteem, the list is endless. The price is high and robs us of a quality of life.. We live a fast paced life with multiple responsibilities. Learning to manage stress can literally save your life. What a different life you could lead if you could tame the tiger and learn to channel stressful events so they worked for you rather than against you. A health coach can show you how to do that.

  1. Health Coaching and Positive Relationships

Positive nurturing relationships are vital to a healthy life. How well we get along with others including our own family often will determine our level of emotional and mental health. Lots of people are challenged in this area because they have not learned the social skills it takes. Ongoing conflict with people at work or at home can and not knowing “how to fix it” can really compromise your quality of life. The solutions to these kind of difficulties are easier than you might think. There a few “learnable” skills that can make a huge difference in your relationships. Ask yourself what it would mean to you to have much more positive and enjoyable communication and relationships with someone at work, your family, your spouse or your kids. Health coaching can make the difference.

  1. Health Coaching and Communication Skills

I hear this all the time. ‘We can’t communicate, we argue all the time, he/she doesn’t listen to me, we’re not on the same page, i wish i could tell him what i think, I just don’t know what to say. Perhaps one of the greatest failures of our educational system is not teaching basic communications skills, how to connect with people, how to listen, how to say what you think or feel so people will listen. Probably the #1 reason for failed relationships is people not knowing how to communicate effectively with each other. There are basic effective easy to learn talking and listening skills that would resolve most misunderstandings and health coaching can teach you them easily and quickly.

  1. Health Coaching and Exercise

Exercise. A four letter word for some. The fact is just a little more routine exercise in our daily lives could have a significant impact on our health. I like to walk and jog and lift light weights. It could be bike riding, swimming or flopping on the floor during commercials and doing some light stretching. A lack of exercise can ruin your health. A health coach can get you started towards a more active existence and help you stick with it long enough for it to make a significant difference. Go for it.

  1. Health Coaching – Preventative vs. Curative

A distinct advantage of health coaching is that it is preventative as opposed to curative. Would you rather have someone help you prevent diabetes or some other debilitating disease or visit a doctor to get treated after the fact. That is the choice a lot of people are facing but the point is you have a choice and if you don’t choose for yourself, life will choose for you. Make a wise choice and choose the path of prevention. You will reap the rewards of better health and health coaching can get you there.

  1. Health Coach – Being a Role Model

Be a trend setter, be a role model for others. Just think of the impact you could have on other peoples lives especially those you care about most. What if because of changes YOU made your mother, father, sister, brother, child or friend made a significant change in their health. What would that feel like? You often see people make dramatic changes after the heart attack. Well those same changes can be made right now and have the effect of preventing a disastrous heart attack or stroke. What if because of the changes you made it prevented a family member or friend from having a serious illness. This scenario is quite possible. Because I have started to run on a regular basis both my kids and my wife have started walk/jogging. What a thrill for me. Who knows how that will benefit them in the years to come. So be a trend setter in your family. Your family will love you for it and you will feel great about yourself for doing it.

  1. Health Coaching and Self Esteem

A lasting benefit of health coaching is how you feel about yourself when you succeed at making important changes in your health. This is because of the positive feelings and feedback you get from family and friends ( and when you look in the mirror ). You’ve lost weight and people notice and comment. You’re not as stressed out and it feels good. You have more energy and you are more active. You’re sleeping better and you look more rested. Your relationship with your spouse and kids has improved. People around you will often mirror your mood and energy. You’re more fun to be around, not as irritable, short tempered or demanding. Your doctor notices and commends you for your efforts. You just feel good about yourself and you’re not going back to the way it was. Never!!

  1. Health Coaching – It Could Be For You

One of the things that happens for some who go through health coaching and derive significant benefits from it, is they get exposed to the process and see how much it benefits others and how it could be a powerful change agent for people ‘stuck in the muck’ and suffering the consequences. It can often influence them enough to consider being a health coach themselves. Health coaching is a rapidly growing profession and is open to most people as an income choice, part time or full time, who have a genuine interest and desire to help others. Not to mention that the average hourly for a session ranges from 100 to 200 dollars for a session. A rather ‘healthy’ income.

Tips for Choosing a Fibromyalgia Health

Choosing the right health coach for you is a decision you don’t want to make lightly. Just like different business coaches and athletic coaches have different philosophies and styles, so do health and wellness coaches.

Here’s some guidelines to help you make the best choice possible for you and your situation:

  1. Find a coach who is a fibromyalgia expert.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, and you want to learn how to live well with that illness or discover treatment options available to you, only a health coach who understands that illness can help you effectively.

Not all health coaches focus on helping the same kind of people. If you have fibromyalgia, you don’t want to work with a coach who primarily trains healthy athletes. That’s a great recipe for ending up in a fibro flare!

This means you’ll want to choose a fibromyalgia health coach. Helping women with fibromyalgia should be their key focus, not a service that they’ve tacked on as a subset of what they offer everyone else.

  1. Opt for a coach who understands your struggles.

Now that you know you want a fibromyalgia health coach, you need to find one who has already gone through what you are trying to overcome. Many of us became coaches because we worked with a coach ourselves, found success, and wanted to “pay it forward” and help others find the same success.

This means that if you want to lose weight, find a fibromyalgia health coach who has lost weight themselves. If you want to walk a 5k with fibromyalgia, find someone who has walked a 5k with fibromyalgia. If you want to find healing from fibromyalgia, find a coach who used to be sick who is now living the kind of life you want to live!

By choosing a fibromyalgia health coach who has “been there, done that”, you’ll have someone who truly understands the struggles you face, can give you practical advice, and who won’t blindly accept your excuses. (grin)

  1. Make sure your health coach is up-to-date on the latest research.

There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to nutrition, fitness, health, and fibromyalgia — plus, it’s changing continually. Even scientists can’t agree when it comes to some things!

You want to choose a fibromyalgia health coach who loves research, reading, learning, and growing. If she doesn’t, it’s really easy to get behind and end up giving YOU bad information.

You want a coach who loves this stuff, can stay on top of the latest research — and will share it with you and your doctors.

  1. Decide what type of coaching personality you need for your journey.

As health coaches, we all have different personalities — and as a client, so do you!

Some health coaches are like drill sergeants, where others are encouraging cheerleaders. Some focus on teaching you how to figure things out yourself, where others offer their own tried and true practical advice and solutions. Many of us are a combination of things.

In the past, I’ve hired two different types of personal trainers. The first one would say, “Come on! You can do one more!” The second one said, “Do you think you can do one more?”

I learned that for me the second type of coach is best. She made me want to try harder, to see if I could do just one more. The other one made me want to quit right then and say, “No! I can’t!”

Decide which type of personality you need, then find that type of coach.

  1. Look for a health coach with great troubleshooting skills.

It’s one thing to work with your coach when everything is going well. It’s a whole different thing when you feel like you’ve done everything right, but the results you want keep slipping through your fingers.

This is where troubleshooting becomes really important. A coach with great troubleshooting skills will be able to discover what is blocking you, your health, and your progress. She can then help you get past those blocks so you can start living the life you want to live.

When I ran the support department of a local software company, I always told my staff to, “look for the question behind the question.” This helps me today with coaching. Often the question you ask isn’t the question in your heart. There’s usually a “question behind the question.”

  1. Choose how much time — and energy — you have to work on your health.

Do you want a coach who can teach you how to grow, cook, and make everything from scratch?

Or do you want a coach who will give you simple, practical ideas to make adding healthy habits into your life easier?

I find with my clients that if it takes too much energy, or is too complicated, it just won’t happen. We fibro babes have limited energy to begin with, am I right?

So it all depends on what you need and want. Take a little time as you’re thinking about your search to decide how much time you have to work on changing your habits and your health — then find a coach who will provide you what you need for the time and energy you have.

  1. Ask for a free consultation to check for individualized coaching.

Fibromyalgia health coaching should be a one-on-one, individualized service. With something that varies as much as fibromyalgia symptoms do, a coach must tailor their coaching to meet the specific needs of each individual client.

A free consultation is a great way to find out if the coach you’re thinking about working with can offer you an individualized program. If you leave your consultation feeling like you received “cookie cutter” answers or a pre-printed solution, then keep looking!

  1. Get a guarantee and get it in writing.

Just like any reputable business, a good fibromyalgia health coach should be willing to offer you a guarantee in writing. It’s a reflection of their integrity and the confidence they have in their skills in being able to help you.

Since coaching is a two-way street, you should also expect to sign a contract or agreement when you enter into a professional coaching relationship. This contract should outline what you can expect from your coach and what she expects from you. The contract should also outline what needs to happen in order for you to take advantage of your guarantee.

Action Steps

Make sure you do your research, then schedule a complimentary consultation with a couple of different coaches to see which one fits you and your needs the best. With a good guarantee, you won’t have anything to lose by giving health coaching a try!

How Can A Health Coach Help Me

When was the last time you visited you primary care physician? Did they provide you with some recommendations, to eat better, or to lose some weight? Then I’ll bet they sat down with you for about 40 or 50 minutes, explaining to you just how you should execute their recommendation, right? If your doctor didn’t explain what you should eat, how to prepare it, what exercises you should perform, or basically provide with a blueprint for success, you’re not alone. If your doctor spent 15 minutes with you, that is about the average time you’ll get before they shake your hand and scurry off to the next patient. If you physician recommended you to a health coach they are partnered with, then your doctor is on the cutting edge of a new wave in healthcare.

Health coaches are one of the fastest growing segments in the Health and Wellness industry today. They carve out niches ranging from emotional eating to single moms, who don’t have time to cook. Health coaches provide patients/clients a sounding board for their issues and a platform to express their personal health goals and intentions, that normally are not found in most doctor’s practices.

The relationship between a client and a health coach normally begins with a health history. The health history is confidential and provides the coach with basic information about the client. A typical health history will include personal, social, health, medical, and food information. If the client fills out the health history form beforehand, the health coach can review it before the session begins, but it can also be filled out during the session. Either way works well for most coaches.

The health history session will normally last around 40-50 minutes. It is sometimes referred to as an initial breakthrough or discovery session because the client has an opportunity talk about themselves. This helps to build a relationship between the client and health coach. When this happens, clients end up providing a wealth of information not only to the coach, but to themselves. The coaches job here is not to just provide detailed recommendations, but to perhaps understand the root causes of the issue the doctor is treating, i.e. food allergies, or sugar addiction. Armed with this knowledge, both the client and coach can begin to set 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month goals.

It is up to the client as to whether or not they will work the coach. If they decide to work with the health coach, they will most likely meet every other week for 6 months. In between sessions, the client can email or call the coach, depending on their agreement, to ask questions and obtain clarity on the coaches recommendations. The coach will provide the client with session notes, CDs/DVDs, food samples, and handouts. Also some coaches will send the client’s doctor a progress report on a monthly basis.

Patients find that when they have achievable goals and a plan, recommendations to lose weight, lower their blood glucose, or blood pressure can be accomplished with the help, support and assistance of a health coach. So, can a health coach help you? The next time your doctor makes some recommendations that you’re not quite sure how to execute, ask them do they partner with a health coach, and find out for yourself.