What exactly is a health coach?
A health coach is a trained professional and mentor who supports their clients in sustainable behavior change around food, lifestyle, wellness, and fitness. They offer personalized guidance to promote health and wellness at every stage.
Book Recommendation: Integrative Nutrition: A Whole Life Approach to Health and Happiness
– Learn the truth about food corporations, pharmaceutical companies and obesity.
– Weigh the strengths and weaknesses of many popular diets and cleanses.
– Discover why your body craves certain foods and why you should listen to those cravings.
– Explore the connection between food, sexuality, spirituality and work.
– Find out how cooking at home can boost your health.
– Add more to your diet rather than cut back.
– Release your dependency on restaurant food, fast food and processed food.
– Don’t be a health food addict: enjoy your favorite foods without guilt.
How is a health coach different from a dietitian or nutritionist?
While dietitians and nutritionists have a strong background in nutrition science, focusing more on the role calorie intake and specific nutrients play in health outcomes, health coaches take a holistic approach to wellness, which includes looking at the role relationships, work, spirituality, physical activity, hobbies and environment all play a role in one’s health and well-being. Health coaches also foster personal responsibility, which helps their clients empower themselves throughout their wellness journey.
How do health coaches work with clients?
Health coaches can either be self-employed, seeing clients privately, work as employees or independent contractors with doctor’s offices, wellness centers, companies, and gyms, or a combination of both. Health coaches work 1on1, in groups, in-person, and virtually. Both short and long-term programs are offered.
How can I get started as a health coach?
There are hundreds of health coach training programs available, lasting anywhere from six months to two years. While deciding which program is right for you, it may be best to start by working with a health coach to see if it’s the kind of relationship you yourself would want to have to reach and maintain your health and wellness goals. Working with a health coach can help you demonstrate the value to prospective clients, because you’ll have your own personal experience to lead from.
From there, you can inquire about the program your health coach trained under, or you can search online for health coach training programs and reach out to graduates and ask about their experience. Your decision should be based more on how the program resonates with you versus cost or time it takes to complete the program, as you may have the potential to earn your investment back before the program ends.
Health coaching complements other health, fitness, and wellness modalities, such as personal training, massage therapy, Yoga, dance, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.
I recommend the following health coach training programs, based on my own experience with the program or interaction with the founders:
Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) — IIN is one of the oldest and longest running health coach professional training programs. In fact, as you research other programs, you’ll discover that the creators were either graduates of the program or visiting teachers. IIN offers a foundational approach to health and wellness that many health coaches have used to build thriving careers or as a stepping stone to more specialized training.
As a Graduate Ambassador, I am happy to extend savings offers to any student that enrolls. Simply give the admissions counselor my name (Melissa Danielle), and they will share the details with you.
Integrative Women’s Health Coaching Certification — Integrative Women’s Health Institute offers a functional nutrition and evidence-based health coaching approach to women’s health issues, such as pelvic pain, menstrual health, and fertility.
To learn more, sign up for the online workshop, 3 Steps to Building Your Integrative Women’s Health Practice By Getting Your Patients and Clients Healthy From The ROOT CAUSE.
New Healers Master Coaching Program — A unique program designed for health coaches and wellness practitioners in the healing arts who want to expand and enhance their range of skills while building a thriving practice.
Health coaches are given many tools on how to attract potential clients, but many lack the skills and confidence needed to progress their career and sustain a thriving business.
Learn more at andreabeaman.com.
Passionate about health and wellness but not sure if health coaching is right for you?
Consider becoming an Independent Beachbody Coach, where you can invite your community to join you in online fitness challenges, complete with on-demand sessions and nutrition guides. Independent Beachbody Coaches are accountability partners whose personal commitment to health and fitness help motivate others to success.
There is an initial investment plus a monthly business fee, and you can build your Beachbody Coach business around your existing job or obligations.
To learn more, call Melissa Danielle at 347-927-2855.