As chronic disease and illness reach epidemic levels across the globe, the link between diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices (tobacco use, lack of exercise, stress, etc.) and chronic illness has been well established. However, the awareness of the risks does not result in change for most people who experience chronic illness, obesity, depression, anxiety, or any number of physical or mental issues that are linked to poor health behaviors.
In a system where physicians recommend changes to diet, or prescribe exercise but have no time to spend with each patient, advising, supporting and challenging them toward that change most patients leave their physician’s office with a prescription and no clear idea of how to better their own physical health.
So what is a person to do who truly desires to change their health and wants to reach a new level of wellness both physically and mentally?
Find a health and wellness coach. A health and wellness coach will come alongside a person who desires health and wellness in their lives and will work with the client to design and personalize a health program that includes all the aspects of wellness, not just weight loss. Wellness includes a balance in healthy eating, exercise, feelings of self-worth and a belief that change is possible. The process toward wellness includes identifying the reasons a client does not make healthy choices and working to eliminate those obstacles while creating new habits and opportunities that moves the client toward the ideal life they desire.
Studies indicate that when a person is involved with the process toward health and wellness they are likely to achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals. A health and wellness coach will listen to your goals and desires and work with you to achieve them. Although a health and wellness coach will offer you information about the many different ways to a healthy life, you will choose your own path and your health and wellness coach will walk that path with you.
When looking for a health and wellness coach it is important find the right fit. The field of coaching is not regulated and anyone can create a website and call themselves a coach. When interviewing a health and wellness coach ask plenty of questions about their experience, education, certifications and references. A competent health and wellness coach should have no problem answering all of your questions and helping you to find the best coach for you, even if that means referring you to another coach.
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