What exactly is health and wellbeing coaching? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Health and wellbeing coaching at its core has similarities with traditional life coaching. As the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School explains regarding life coaching:

Coaching is an interpersonal process that helps people achieve positive change and growth. By harnessing innate strengths, uncovering intrinsic motivations, and asking empowering questions, coaching fosters self-generated insight, vision, and goal clarity.

Health and wellbeing coaches do this in the specific field of health and wellbeing, or wellness. Health and wellbeing coaches partner with their clients to help those clients assess their present situation and set goals. Health and wellness coaches then support their clients in moving towards those goals, often by providing accountability and encouragement and by helping clients problem-solve when they encounter roadblocks on the path to their goals. This can relate to exercise, diet, sleep routine, emotional and mental health, and other activities and habits related to health and wellness. The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School explains health and wellness coaching this way:

Health and wellness coaches work with clients to improve their health, vitality, and well-being by engaging in behaviors that have been proven to improve health and prevent disease including weight loss, fitness, nutrition, stress coping, sleep, mind-body and positive psychology interventions. The outcome of health and wellness coaching is expanded capacity for lifestyle change and sustainable lifestyle change.

Almost anyone can likely benefit from working with a health and wellness coach, but — as Very Well Fit points out — people often begin working with a health and wellness coach when they are faced with, or want to bring about, a major change in their health situation. For some people, this may mean having been newly diagnosed with a health condition, like diabetes. For other people, this may mean deciding they want to lose weight, exercise more, eat more healthily, or create and maintain other more healthy habits.

It’s important to point out that while some health and wellness coaches may also be licensed medical professionals, there is no legal licensing requirement for a person to call themselves a health and wellness coach — although there are certification programs. If you are considering working with a health and wellness coach, be sure to ask them about their background and training. If they are not a licensed medical professional, they should probably not be trying to diagnose or treat any disease or health condition on their own. Having said that, many health and wellness coaches will describe themselves as an important part of a person’s health team. Many wellness coaches will work in more of a mentoring capacity. Coaches often see their role as helping their clients make the lifestyle changes needed to improve their health situation and follow any suggestions the licensed members of the client’s health team have made.

Here are some examples of the healthy goals clients and their coaches often work towards in health and wellness coaching:

-Eating a healthy diet

-Exercising regularly

-Getting the right amount of good-quality sleep

-Managing stress

-Quitting smoking

-Prioritizing self-care

-Lifestyle changes

-Changing habits

-Holding a more positive mindset

Many health and wellness coaches will point out, like other coaches, that their goal is to get their clients to a point where the client no longer needs their coaching because the client has internalized the things the coach provides and is now able to independently maintain the good habits and lifestyle they and their coach have been working towards.

LifeGuru is ready to help you make the match with a health and wellness coach who can help you reach your goals and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.