You might’ve heard the words “health coach” thrown around in your social circles or on the online wellness blogs your read. But what exactly does a health coach do, and more importantly, how can they help us to keep our health on point?
What is a health coach?
There has been an alarming increase in the number of people developing chronic health issues. More and more of us are starting to understand that in order to take control of our health, it’s essential to find and address the root cause. While many of us know that our current lifestyle habits might not be supporting our health, the problem is often that we don’t know where to even begin making changes. This exactly where a health coach comes in!
The role of a health coach is to walk you through how to overcome the challenges your facing, motivate you, hold you accountable and support you every step of the way. Think of it this way: There are personal trainers who help support us with our fitness goals, right? Well, health coaches are like “trainers” for other areas of life like stress management, supplement routines, nutrition habits, and sleep patterns.
Many of us want to make healthy changes, but we just don’t know where to start. Imagine having a guide who would help you create a roadmap for your goals and stick to a sustainable plan that works! Here are some of the other benefits of health coaching:
A health coach works one on one with you
Conventional doctors rarely spend more than ten to fifteen minutes with their patients and more times than not, end up prescribing them a Band-Aid for their symptoms. A health coach gives you the time of day. They take the time to understand your goals, needs, preferences, anxieties and challenges in order to help implement the personalized plan of action and protocols prescribed by your functional medicine practitioner.
A health coach’s philosophy is based on bio-individuality
Health coaching is a personalized approach. Everyone has different bodies and needs, which is why a one-size-fits-all way of thinking doesn’t work when it comes to our health. One of the benefits of coaching is that you get to work one on one with someone who understands that you are a bioindividual. In other words, the focus is on you!
A health coach empowers you
In conventional medicine, the system is passive and patients aren’t actively involved in changing their health habits. When you work with a health coach, you are encouraged and empowered to show up as the expert in your own life, make the right behaviour changes for your own body, and take control of your health!
A health coach offers accountability
Do you have trouble sticking to your wellness goals? A coach is an accountability partner who will support and encourage you even when you feel like you’re about to quit. Calls with a coach can provide you with ongoing support and encouragement to continue making strides toward achieving your goals, even when there are obstacles in the way.
A health coach helps work through your roadblocks
Just when you think you’re out of resources and feeling like you want to give up, a health coach will encourage and inspire you to keep moving forward. Diet and lifestyle changes can be hard, but with a coach, you’re not in it alone. When you’re faced with a challenge, a coach will cheer you on and help you stick to your plan.
Interested in working with a functional medicine practitioner and health coach? Contact us today to book a free consultation!
About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine
Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.