Health coaching is helping to lead the charge in behavioral modification. Health coaching helps by encouraging more consistent adherence to any new dietary and physical activity regimens that you may take on.
One of the most difficult parts of trying to lead a healthier lifestyle is simply the lack of clear and concise information. Combine that with the constant temptation to give in and consistent progress is very, very difficult.
A health coach solves this issue, as well as providing support in every other facet on the path to a more healthy and well lifestyle.
What is a health coach exactly?
A health coach is an individual that is well versed in proper dietary, physical activity, and stress management methods; as well as the benefits these habits have when adopted in the right ways.
A health coach can provide personalized expert advice based on a person's individual needs, goals, history, and limitations.
Each person is their own unique individual with their own health needs and concerns.
Health coaches take the time to learn about the way you live your life, your dietary habits, physical activity, stress levels and how those levels are handled, as well as your daily mindset. These all play a critical role in your health and wellness.
There are many areas of health and wellness that a health coach may specialize in. Some of those include:
- Personal Trainer
- Yoga Instructor
While a personal trainer maintains their focus on your physical activity, dieticians and nutritionist focus on the foods that you consume to maintain your health, and yoga instructors can greatly reduce the amount of stress we carry, increase flexibility and mobility, as well as reduce the likelihood of injuries.
Health coaches can carry multiple certifications, finding one with multiple areas of expertise can help increase the amount of support they can provide.
What to look for in a health coach?
Some basic steps to finding a good health coach:
- Proper certifications
- Positive feedback from previous clients
A health coach should be an individual in which you are very comfortable with and have a certain level of respect for. When choosing one, yes, they should meet the professional requirements, but they should also meet your personal requirements. Don't settle for just any trainer with a certification.
What is most valuable about a health coach?
Without a health coach, you may just be blindly filling out calorie counters and diabetes logs without any significant progress.
But the most valuable quality of a health coach is their ability to connect with each individual client; to help those individuals dig deep to the roots of their problems, deal with those issues, and move past them in order to live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.
Every person has unique barriers that will require different types of support to move past.
The health coach must be able to adapt and support people from all walks of life. When the time comes that client begins to doubt themselves and the downward spiral begins, the coach will be the one that can consistently pick them back up, re-motivate them, and get them back on their journey.
Cost of a health coach
The cost of a Health Coach will vary based on their area of focus and accreditation.
All of the listed prices are national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Personal Trainer: The average cost of a personal trainer is about $40 per session. This will vary based on the trainer, the gym they work through, and the number of sessions.
- Diabetes Educator: The average hourly charge for Diabetes Education from a certified diabetes educator is $36.14 per hour.
- Certified Dietitians: The average hourly rate for a dietitian that is properly certified will be about $28.
- Yoga: Class sessions will cost anywhere from $10-$20 and private sessions can be $75+.
So...the cost to have an educated assistant in all the main facets of health and wellness is very expensive.
Health coaches serve an amazing function. They change the world every day by inspiring the uninspired to take steps towards self-improvement.
They play a pivotal role in the battle against diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as other preventable diseases.