What Is A Health Coach?

I get asked this A LOT. I find it to be kind of a funny question because we all know what a sports coach is and what they do, at least generally speaking. A sports coach takes someone who is interested in a specific sport and helps them with training and guidance in order for that someone to become, hopefully, the best version of that sports player they can be. Pretty simple idea, right?

Taking the idea from above, and exchanging health for sport, a basic definition for health coach emerges. A health coach works with people who are interested in improving their health (physical, emotional, spiritual, relationship) and helps nurture and guide them to become the best versions of themselves. It’s a simple idea, but, oh man, it’s not easy.

As a coach my job is to take you from where you are to where you want to be. In order to do that I have to find out why you haven’t, yet, accomplished this and work our way through whatever is blocking your way. I work to find the right system, the right support and the right accountability to succeed, where as before you may not have tried. It’s all about the baby steps, because if it were easy you would have done it already.

Now I have to be honest with you, I will not be your best friend throughout this process. I just can’t be. I will have to tell you things that you may not want to hear, but usually need to hear. I will hold you accountable for your actions, but I will also support you through the rough patches. I won’t judge you for mistakes, because who am I to throw stones with all the mistakes I’ve made, but we will work to improve the situation.

The point of me saying all this is make sure you understand what I do and have a basic idea of how. I never want you confused or have unrealistic expectations of me or yourself. Surprisingly, people that need the most help tend to be the people that need to take things the slowest. I want to create a safe space for people to define who they want to become and then put the steps in place for them to get there. It’s all about habit and lifestyle changes.

I hope this clarifies health coaching a bit and you are always welcome to email me with any questions you have.

Thank you for your time

 

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