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Wellness Coaching... Is it effective?

By Terrene@Noomii

The discipline of coaching is very diverse, with numerous types of coaching services specific to your every need. While the profession of coaching has been around for over 25 years, beginning with executive coaching and eventually life coaching, wellness coaching is a more contemporary realm of the coaching field. Wellness coaching, also known as health and wellness coaching, and fitness coaching, has become more prominent over the past 10 years, and is an area of coaching that any one of us could easily apply to our lives. For people to fully recognize the significance and benefits of wellness coaching there is much education and awareness needed.

What is wellness coaching?

Wellness coaching is not personal training. In fact, wellness coaches often collaborate with other health professionals such as personal trainers, doctors and dieticians. While personal trainers focus primarily on exercise with some reference to diet and nutrition, wellness coaching looks at the big picture, examining the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goals and designing and health and fitness plan accordingly. A personal trainer may simply give you an exercise program and tell you what you should be doing to achieve your health goals, where wellness coaching is more of a mutual contribution, as coaches don't simply give the answers, but encourage the client to come up with their own goals and solutions.

Wellness coaches focus on identifying the barriers in your life preventing you from reaching your personal nutrition and fitness goals, managing your weight, reducing stress levels (by both determining your stressors as well as using exercise to mitigate the effects of stress), and to help you to manage pre-existing health conditions as well as associated health risks.


Why is wellness coaching so effective?

Think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs. The model suggests that human beings are programmed for personal growth and self-actualization. The model has basic, physiological needs such as food and sleep at the bottom of the pyramid, followed by security (shelter, employment), love/belonging (family, friendship), esteem (confidence and achievement) and finally self-actualization (problem solving, acceptance).

So if we're programmed for self-improvement, then why aren't we all naturally achieving our goals? This is where coaching is so effective! Having a coach in your life, be it a wellness coach, career coach or spirituality coach, creates responsibility for our actions. Your coach will help you set your goals, develop an action plan to accomplish them, and guide you along the way. Clients feel accountable to both themselves and their coaches, and therefore that much more likely to be consistent in their efforts toward goal achievement. Also, having an understanding of what the hurdles are in the way of your success makes it much easier to overcome them and attain your objectives.

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