Loosely defined, health coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a coaching participant to actively listen to their inner wisdom, identify aspirations and transform their goals into action. The Health Solutions process takes the coaching element to new levels by using a clinically-based coaching model and participant data to set realistic and specific personal health goals. As a wellness program coordinator and a health coach for HSI, I'm answering on what it takes to be an effective wellness mentor, guide, and coach:
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult, but adopting one won’t happen overnight. At HSI, we do this through coaching – that means exploring and offering solutions built on conversation, goal-setting, education, and accountability.
The best way to get motivated is to start. Don’t focus on everything all at once and remember that drastic changes aren’t healthy either. Adopting healthy habits require commitment, practicing willpower, patience, and accountability. Together, we’ll focus on small, actionable routines and milestones that encourage you to notice and embrace small victories.
Don’t get hung up on the scale. When it comes to managing your weight, focus on the small decisions you can make on a daily basis: pick the apple over chips, take the stairs, and embrace that endorphin rush post-workout. Maintaining your confidence is key to staying motivated.
A bad day is good data. Whether it was a stressful day or a missed opportunity, we’ll work together to determine the trigger and address it in a proactive, intentional way. In the words of Vince Lombardi, only perfect practice makes perfect. You’ve got to model the behavior and lifestyle before you can claim it for yourself.