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Three reasons you need a health coach


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Are you struggling with sleep? Do you live with near-constant pain? Perhaps you’ve put on weight because of poor eating habits, or stress, and you’re feeling shame that is now spilling over into other areas of your mental and physical health.


All of these concerns are connected, but who can help you get on the right track? A doctor isn’t trained in nutrition or movement; a personal trainer will give you a workout plan; and a nutritionist will give you an eating plan. Individually, these are all helpful in their own right, but often we need more than just a “one size fits all approach”.


A health coach, on the other hand, is able to piece everything together and take a holistic look at your life, whilst supporting and guiding you towards finding your own answers and taking charge of your own health. Health coaching is a budding field, built around the latest science on motivation and behavioural change. A health coach wants to help you change your mindset and give you a key role in determining your action plan, by helping you lay it out in a step-by-step format and supporting you along the way.


Here are just three ways you will benefit from hiring a health coach:


1. Accountability

When you share your health goals with someone, you are 70% more likely to achieve them, according to Dr Gail Matthews, a professor from the Dominican’s Department of Psychology. A health coach is a reliable witness to your success and failures, someone who knows your blind spots and will help you every step of the way.


2. Time management

One of the most common excuses I hear from people is that they don’t have time to cook, exercise or look after themselves (yet there always seems to be time for Netflix!). A health coach helps you define your priorities and set clear, achievable goals that fit within your lifestyle.


3. Emotional support

When you feel fully aligned with your purpose, energy and happiness are released. A health coach wants to improve the quality of your life - that is, not just your physical health, but your mental and emotional wellbeing as well. A coach will make themselves available to be there for you throughout your journey.




These are just some of the many ways a health coach can support and guide you on your way to optimum health and wellness. Why not start your journey today by giving Shelley a call on 027 580 2914


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