Let’s face it, the United States is having a growing problem in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We don’t have a shortage of doctors, we don’t have a shortage of personal trainers or nutritionist and we absolutely do not have a shortage of information. As a matter of fact, we are at a point where easy access to high speed internet has allowed millions around the world access to an abundance of information.
Why are we all still sick? If we know what to do, why aren’t we doing it and why are we still failing health wise?
Information is Nothing without Execution
No matter how much we know, unless we can apply it consistently over a long period of time, it’ll never manifest into anything worthwhile. The reality is that most people need to structure healthy habits into their lives in a very precise way.
Developing your lifestyle AROUND healthy habits is really the key. Adopting something as a habit takes time, but more than anything, it takes the right conditions. That’s where your health coach can shine.
Taking your lifestyle and tailoring a system specifically for you with the relevant information out there is exactly what a health coach is there for.
What is the difference between a health coach and a nutritionist or personal trainer?
A personal trainer and nutritionist are both very effective tools.
They give you the necessary information and help push you in the right direction. A personal trainer will help you at the gym, monitor your exercise and give you tips on how to improve your workout.
A nutritionist can tell you where you can adjust your macronutrient ratio and develop a diet for you.
This is only part of the puzzle however. Just think about how many of you have visited personal trainers and nutritionist and struggled. That’s not because they’re not doing their jobs well. In fact, they’re doing their jobs perfectly fine, but it’s only part of the picture.
How can a Health Coach make the Difference?
A health coach will take it to the next level by working with your personal life to help you create a lifestyle that can easily fit in the healthy habits you’re looking for and eliminate the bad habits that have been haunting you.
How someone responds to information depends on their life situation. It’s not effective to prescribe diet or fitness program without understanding the specifics in people’s lives. Personal trainers and nutritionist study hard to get the right information, but they’re not a life coach. It’s not their job to sit there and work with you on the small details on improving habit formation.
Trainers and nutritionist aren’t going to add an extra layer of complexity to their job title by getting involved in your food shopping habits, sleep cycle or stress levels. This is something a health coach is best for.
A health coach will work with your job schedule, do a pantry makeover, video recipe demonstrations, meal plans, grocery shopping lists, and even work with you on your strengths and weaknesses. For example, based on the frequency you eat out and your current cooking skill level, a health coach may make a recommendation to you that they would NEVER make for someone else. This is because they know this is exactly where you personally should be starting.
Being able to do something small, but consistently is vastly more important than doing something huge, but infrequently.
The Health Coach Difference
Just like life coaches are different from therapist, health coaches are different than trainers and nutritionist. Health coaching is about specific lifestyle improvements that are necessary to pave the way for healthy habits to stick.
With a health coach, you will learn how to take control of your own health by working on your weaknesses in commitment, impulses, and lifestyle. A health coach will help work with you on designing a lifestyle that revolves around healthy habits and sustainable routines.