What is Health Coaching?

Knowledge is Power, OR is it? I came across a quote today that said "IF information was the answer, then we'd all be billionaires with six packs!"  

This is so true. Knowledge without action is won't get you far. You've got to do the work! You've got to put that knowledge to work! 

Let's be honest most of us know what we should or shouldn't be doing in order to be healthy. Or DO we? Agreed, health information is out there in abundance but the problem is that it's often conflicting, ever changing and confusing. Then even if it IS communicated and reported in a straight forward way, translating that information into action to get the results you want isn't always as easy as it seems. Life happens. Things get in the way and health slips down our agenda. Because of this, more often than not the desire to change and get more healthy comes and goes in waves. Most of us have dabbled with short term weight loss or getting fit at one point in our lives, and so have experience of trying a new diet, or exercise regime. We get results but the effort it takes to get this, often outweighs our motivation to sustain it. And so we're right back where we started.  

This is where health coaching comes in.  

You probably won't have heard much about health coaching – it isn't actually that well known in the UK or Ireland yet. The most frequent thing I get asked when I tell people I'm a 'Health Coach' is, "Oh is it like Personal Training?" And I say yes, AND no. Yes in the sense that I AM a qualified Personal Trainer, but no because training people is only one part of what I do to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle.  

As a health coach, most of the work I do is via one-to-one sessions which are underpinned by health psychology principles. It's in these sessions that I learn as much as I can about the people I work with so we can establish what health means to them and we work together towards a healthier lifestyle that suits their needs and life demands.  

So is Health Coaching for you?  

No if you're looking for a quick fix or want to be trained and told what to do. No if you're not interested in the long game and want to see results now. No if you're not willing to implement small but significant changes.  

YES if you're sick and tired of trying to get fit and healthy, but find yourself back where you started. Yes if you're tired, busy and struggling to see how you can fit your health into your daily routine. Yes if your confused and overwhelmed by the amount of health information (usually published in the Daily Mail or Health Magazines) that promise you health hacks or how to get the perfect body. Yes if you're someone who is patient enough to invest in long term changes in order to achieve your goals. Yes if you're gut tells you it's the right time.