Health Coaching – why and who for?
by Simon Schroeder
In today’s fast paced, high tech digitally connected world, to say it’s easy to find out everything on just about anything within a just a few clicks is an understatement. Looking to do a 5:2, keto based vegan diet with some intermittent fasting while avoiding FODMAP’s? Just say “Hey Google”
However the challenge these days isn’t finding the information, it’s sorting through the mountains of websites, social media ads and listening to advice given by friends, family, workmates, your hair dresser and that guy who works at the sup store but doesn’t look like he works out too much. But hey you’re a go getter and you’re not deterred, in fact you were born for this!
Ok, so after all of that you’ve found the answer and you’re ready to make a start, push your limits, loose that weight, grow those biceps get that beach body. You change into your active wear and head down to the local supermarket (because you’re heading straight to the gym after right!) ready to fill your trolley with a bounty of….***Drum Roll Please*** Lean meat, oh wait your trying this “VEGAN” thing. Ok so let’s get some kidney beans and rice! Hold on aren’t kidney beans a FODMAP? Oh well just some sweet potato and make a soup.. Uh oh, Im not sure sweet potato is keto friendly..
This example might be a bit silly of course but it sheds a small light on the shear amount of potential hurdles that you can potentially face when you decide enough is enough, its time for change. And just when you have boarded your ship bound for health and glory, timing, confusion and misinformation can take all of the wind out of your sails.
The stress of putting all of the pieces together in a way that not only makes sense to you as an individual but also takes into account and fits in with your work/family/social commitments, dietary restrictions/preferences and physical capabilities can be demoralising. It’s no wonder we end up right back where we started or even worse, we don’t start at all.
Enter The Health Coach, stage left…..
So let’s re-ask our initial questions.
- What is a Health Coach?
- Why would you need one?
- Why would you even want one?
A Health Coach is your personal cheer squad, skilled in the art of asking the right questions to find out how best to help you to not only reach your personal health goals, but to give you the confidence to reach beyond them. By finding out what your limitations are; financial, time, mobility, dietary, current health status, combined with realistic goals and time lines a skilled Health Coach will devise an individualised health road map that will hopefully keep you engaged, empowered and excited to keep your eye on the prize and become the change you’ve always wanted.
As a health coach I like to keep things simply, attainable and realistic but let’s be honest change can be hard. When you have done something for so long it’s hard to see life any other way, but together and with the right mindset we can do it.
Here are just two mindset related tips.
Follow to 80/20 rule
If you can manage to eat well 80% of the time or more GREAT! But if you have a party to go to, or a work function, or lunch with friends be easy on yourself you haven’t failed you’ve just lived a little, tomorrow is another day with more opportunities.
10/100 – Just Turn Up
You won’t always feel like working out, whether you are walking around the block twice a day or going to the gym 5 days a week you are not always going to feel motivated to move.
Regardless of how unmotivated you feel Just Turn up, just put on that workout gear, and start. It’s better to put 10% effort in a single workout than to put 100% into not turning up at all.
Health coaching is the use of evidence-based skilful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in health behaviour change. We are here to help you navigate and support.
If you are ready to make a change, you don’t have to do it alone! Talk to CORE and find out how we can help you get started, engaged and excited to make the change toward health and vitality, you deserve it.