HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING - GETTING AND STAYING HEALTHY IN A MODERN WORLD
Our health-care systems tend to approach the well-being of the human being through the lens of a paradigm that is not inclusive of all the factors that synergistically create good health and function. The more inclusively we view the various systems of the body the more successful we can be in understanding how to preserve and regain health.
As health coaching is a broad term a FAQ section serves as an introduction and to dispel some common myths
DOES HEALTH COACHING MEAN I WILL BE EATING A VEGAN OR MACROBIOTIC DIET AND DOING YOGA?
No, it does not. While some lifestyle choices are popular symbols of a health-minded lifestyle in the media, this does not mean that they are the best choices, and certainly not for everyone. Health coaching can help you discover how to make nutritious choices among the foods you do like to eat, and ways of moving that are the most effective in terms of promoting health.
I AM STRESSED, DON'T HAVE TIME TO SLEEP ENOUGH AND A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITIES. SHOULD I POSTPONE HEALTH COACHING UNTIL I HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES?
On the contrary, these are times during which you need support and truly benefit from health coaching. Making informed choices about lifestyle, supplementation and introducing small yet helpful tweaks can help you navigate challenging times without loosing health and productivity.There are even deeply impactful changes you can make that require no additional time investment.
While our modern-day lifestyle has brought us many perks and increased safety and comfort, it also presents us with new challenges. Understanding how to navigate this can help us have our cake and eat it, too - be healthy and thrive in the modern world.
I TRY TO EAT WELL AND EXERCISE, CAN HEALTH COACHING ADD ANYTHING NEW?
Absolutely! Health sciences constitute an ever-evolving field and we are constantly learning more and even turning old beliefs on their head. It can take over a decade for research findings to reach even clinical practice, and when you consider that most of what's written about health in the popular press is not written by scientists, you understand that you may easily become the victim of obsolete, incomplete and even incorrect information by relying on TV, press, and online sources alone. But going directly to the source of the scientific information by reading scientific papers can be hard without a background in science.
This is where your health coach comes in, and interprets not only the science but tailors the information to fit your individual needs. Your health is an important treasure and deserves it!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING HELPS YOU THRIVE
Health coaching empowers clients to move towards a higher level of health and well-being, improve health and healing in the now, and prevent unnecessary physical and mental degeneration. It helps you make targeted, personalized and time-efficient choices. Individualization is key - you need to understand what is ideal for you, in this moment.
A health and wellness coach inspires positive and lasting change by serving as a source of information, inspiration and personalized guidance, acting as a mentor and educator in the quest for optimal health to both those who are struggling with health issues in their lives, as well as those who are looking to enhance their existing good health and longevity.
THROUGH WORKING WITH A HEALTH COACH TO MAKE RESEARCH-PROVEN, INDIVIDUALIZED CHANGES YOU CAN:
-Find the best diet and supplements for your currents needs
-Learn how to choose a form of exercise that will give you the results you desire (and the most bang for the buck!)
-Improve the functioning of your body and its various systems
-Prevent the negative effects of stress
-Reach or maintain a healthy body weight
-Normalize and protect insulin sensitivity and inflammation
-Improve and maintain cognitive functioning
-Sleep better, longer, deeper
-Think more clearly and improve memory
-Naturally normalize hormonal levels
-Take steps to prevent disease
-Improve athletic and work performance
-Receive better results from medication or surgery
-Decrease the nagging symptoms of the gradual decline most people have mistakenly grown to accept as natural and unavoidable.
Health and wellness coaching does not take the place of medical care, but rather improves the efficacy of it, and even eliminates the need for it by maintaining health and preventing disease. Health and Wellness coaching does not involve diagnosing or treating illness.
The health coaching is holistic in that it views health as the result of a balance not only between specific nutrients in your diet, but also between the many aspects of your life; nutrition, movement, rest and recuperation, play and laughter, intellectual, social and mental/emotional aspects as well as exposure to natural elements. Most clients need time-efficient and simple ways to make healthier choices suited to their individual needs and desires.
Find out if health and wellness coaching is right for you.
Your path to wellness is your personal journey. It can progress at any pace that you feel comfortable with, and focus on any specific aspect that you would like to enhance in your life. You choose what to focus on, and when. Your health and wellness coach acts as an ongoing source of information and inspiration that you can draw on to help yourself enjoy life to the fullest and be a source of joy and inspiration to yourself and others.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states:
"Diet and nutrition are key components of many conditions managed by physical therapists. What's more, nutrition can directly affect recovery and function while an individual is under a physical therapist's care. It makes sense, then, for physical therapists to be concerned with and address nutritional intake and eating patterns of their patients and clients. Nutrition is part of the professional scope of practice for physical therapists.APTA's position is that it is "the role of the physical therapist to screen for and provide information on diet and nutritional issues to patients, clients, and the community within the scope of physical therapist practice." (House of Delegates P06-15-22-17)
The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees. A statement from WHO highlights the importance of individuals actively pursuing good health:
"Occasionally, all citizens have to make important health decisions that affect health outcomes. Strategies to support patient education and engagement should therefore be a fundamental plank of health policy. Also, patients can play an important role in understanding the causes of illness, protecting their health and taking appropriate action, choosing appropriate treatments for acute episodes of ill health, and managing chronic illness. These roles must be recognized and supported."