When it comes to turning healthy behaviors into habits, a Coach can make all the difference. Research shows that having support improves one’s chances of both getting healthy, and staying healthy. A Coach is a mentor, a cheerleader, a friend and an accountability partner all rolled into one – helping you to stay on track to achieve healthy habits that are sustainable for the long term. Here are the benefits of hiring a Health Coach:
Help Getting Started – Not sure where to begin? Confused about the latest fad diet or workout du jour and want an expert’s advice sorting through what might be the best fit for you? Getting healthy can be overwhelming and your Coach is in your corner and has your back – helping you determine where you should prioritize your efforts and what strengths you have to achieve them.
Accountability – Maybe getting started is not what is challenging for you, but rather, sticking with a program long enough to see results. In working with a Coach, you will find an ally to support you, challenge you and provide that human contact that is so necessary in achieving lasting change. Struggling with portion size? Message your coach a picture of your meals to keep you accountable to your goals.
Customization—Nutrition and fitness are not one-size- fits-all. Your coach will work with you to develop a program that works specifically for you based on your individual goals while taking into account your preferences, time limitations and budget.
Help Getting Over a Plateau – Has your weight loss journey hit a standstill over the last few weeks? Does your once unattainable fitness goal seem to be getting harder and harder to achieve? It can be frustrating to do all the right things but not see results. Having an expert’s perspective can really help with tweaking those last few habits in order to get you past your plateau. Most plateaus occur due to small misunderstandings about exercise and nutrition information, so having the input of a health and fitness professional is crucial. Your coach will be there to help educate and encourage you over your plateau and onto your ultimate goal.
Should I focus on Nutrition, Fitness, or both?
If you decide to go with a Nutrition Plan, you can expect to receive support on what to eat (food selection), how much to eat (calorie and portion control), when to eat (food timing) and how to eat (mindful eating). Depending on your specific needs, this might include the use of a food diary with feedback and ideas for improvement, teaching about different dietary theories, reading food labels, looking at the emotional aspect of eating, education on how to eat at restaurants or what snacks are best before a workout.
If you choose a Fitness Plan, you can expect to receive a fitness strategy customized to your particular body structure (posture), muscle imbalances (based on lifestyle and occupation), desired fitness goals (both physical and mental), and specific exercise instruction. Your workouts will be uploaded into an interactive calendar shared between you and your Coach for extra accountability. Depending on your specific needs, a typical week with your Coach might include uploading videos of your workout in order to receive feedback about your form, and education about everything from different exercise theories to the positive psychological benefits of exercise. Lastly, your Coach will be a wealth of knowledge with tips and resources in order for you to learn best how to fit efficient exercise into your life. Combing both Nutrition and Fitness Plans is the most efficient way to accomplish your goals. By tackling fitness and nutrition at once, you can learn habits that complement and build on one another to improve your overall nutrition and fuel yourself properly for your workouts. To streamline the process, you’ll work with a single Coach who has expertise in both fitness and nutrition, and you’ll have more time with them to cover topics in both categories.
The bottom line is that a FITWIN Health Coach will be a helpful guide on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. When you work with a trained Coach, you will achieve more together than you would on your own. FITWIN knows that losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, but with a FITWIN Coach by your side, you will feel empowered to take on new challenges and crush those wellness goals for good!