“Our health system is providing access to health coaches...what do you think they do?” My husband recently asked me this. My husband. A physician and the husband of a certified health coach. 🤣 The question confirmed what I had been thinking...many people still aren’t sure what health coaches do and how they can benefit from one!
The key principle of coaching is to help you work toward the future. Coaching is not therapy, you are not rehashing your past struggles, relationship, or failures. You are making decisions and finding a path to help you be successful with the goals you set for yourself.
To answer my husband’s question (and perhaps yours)...health coaches work with people to help them live their healthiest lives. This is done using evidence-based information on nutrition, activity, and lifestyle and determining what works based on an individual's specific strengths and life circumstances. For example, a 16 year old girl is going to have different needs, goals, and strategies than a 48 year old woman.
There are coaches that specialize in literally anything you want help with. If you have a goal, there is likely a coach who can help. Want to start a business? Hire a business coach. Want better marketing? Hire a coach to help you develop your brand or improve your social media voice. Struggling with your relationship with your teen? There are teen coaches and relationship coaches. Coaches are an amazing network of experts who have studied specific needs, phases of life and ways to help people accomplish their individual dreams and goals.
I coach women to help them reach their optimal health and wellbeing and have a particular interest in the wellbeing of midlife women. Midlife is the perfect time to take charge and make your life what you really want. I’ve found that as women reach a certain age (myself included) they are done running on a hamster wheel that takes them nowhere. They are ready and experienced enough to take charge and make their life look how they have always wanted!
Whether it’s a commitment to a new wellness plan, a career change, a new fitness goal, or any other big lifestyle change -- women in their middle years are actually finding amazing successes with coaches.
Using the strategies described above, I work with many women in their 40’s and 50’s to pinpoint exactly what they want for this prime time in their life. Sometimes it’s something very specific. Other times it’s more about enriching many areas of their life -- which supports them in multiple goals.
Whatever your age, current circumstances, and dreams -- consider setting yourself up for success by working with a coach. We don’t think twice about young athletes having coaches...but people of all ages can benefit from a skilled expert on their side. I encourage you to reflect on how you feel and whether you’re making the most of your beautiful life. If you can’t answer with 100% -- consider a coach to help you hit your goals!