We are all familiar with the concept of coaching. The coach would usually have some knowledge to impart although the difference with a teacher is perhaps – in addition to teaching, a coach also helps their participants to grow and develop themselves. Coaches offer advice and guidance while teachers in the traditional sense offer lessons.

To develop our careers, some seek the support of career coaches. Some companies even provide such coaches as an added benefit to staff. There are also life coaches that help us to navigate life and so on.

So, if you are struggling with certain health or fitness goals, why not seek the guidance of a health coach?

Health coaching involves partnering and working one-on-one with a health and wellness coach to achieve long-lasting, positive changes to your health.

In this partnership, the coach supports, assists, educates and encourages you on your journey toward better health.

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Health and wellness coaches can help those who want to:

  • Achieve weight-loss goals
  • Eat healthier
  • Reduce stress
  • Quit smoking or tobacco use
  • Start a new exercise routine
  • Manage a chronic health condition, including heart disease and diabetes
  • Build Strength and Endurance
  • Achieve an exercise milestone such as completing a marathon or a triathlon.

Whether you’re seeking short-term support to kickstart your fitness routine or more long-term coaching for managing a chronic condition or weight-loss journey, the health coaching process is truly tailored to you and your goals. Unlike a teacher with a fix syllabus and content to impart, the coaching journey is one that you and your coach can co-create.

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To start, your health and wellness coach will focus on getting to know you and understanding your personal goals. In other words, you chart your path and your coach walks it with you.

In the following sessions which should ideally be at regular intervals, such as each week, month or every few months, you’ll work with your coach to review your progress, explore and resolve any barriers or issues and set a goal (or goals) for your next session.  It is not passive nor static. Rather, It is a dynamic of an active and creative partnership.

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