and then to achieve them in a way that suits your lifestyle, in the easiest way possible for you. It isn’t necessarily about spending long hours in the gym (unless you want to of course);
losing weight and getting fitter only to give up due to lack of time, or commitment, and put all the weight back on.
“Health coaching, also referred to as wellness coaching, is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behaviour change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action. Health coaching draws onthe principles of positive psychology and the practices of motivational interviewing and goal setting. The terms “health coaching” and “wellness coaching” are used interchangeably” – Wikipedia
If you want to change, you have to start somewhere.
Think about what you would like to change; is it physical or a behaviour change, and then think about how you going to achieve it.
Health Coaching can be applied to anything –
being pain free, improving fitness levels, regaining confidence, healthy eating, stopping smoking, working with depression and reducing stress levels.
A successful approach to health coaching is ‘one small change’ and working with the present. One small change can be likened to a river source which gradually gathers momentum with time and distance. Changing your objectives to suit, at that moment in time, leads to long lasting change that can be maintained; as you will have modified thought processes that lead to positive changes in your body. A couple of examples may be how food tastes so much better after giving up smoking, or how salty some foods can be when you have become used to a reduced salt diet.
People are complex and one method doesn’t necessarily work with everyone.
Working with whatever you choose on the day rather than having a set schedule creates variety, maintains interest and instills a desire to succeed. It’s a journey and because every person’s body is slightly different, everybody’s journey is unique. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach, so, we make a start, explore the situation and then devise a plan that works best for you. After all, you wouldn’t expect anyone to learn a new language overnight, but with time and a coach you connect with, you will achieve your goals.
Just for today, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I’m overweight, I will eat healthfully — if only for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block ― Abigail Van Buren