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A Health Coach is a Definite Asset to You

Using a health coach is becoming more main stream and the profession is growing. Previously the focus of coaching was at the corporate level and the term executive coach was a popular word. This profession now produces individuals who specialize in different niche specialties that include not only executive coaching but also health/wellness coaches, life coaches, relationship coaches to mention a few.

A health coach can be a great asset to you as you learn to incorporate a health and wellness lifestyle. A coach recognizes that the ‘one size fits all’ strategy to health and fitness issues does not work for majority of people.

Take for instance weight loss products. Why do a lot of people spend countless amounts of time and hard earned dollars trying out the latest ‘weight loss’, ‘crash’ or ‘fad’ diets? It’s because majority of people do not have the tools to address health and wellbeing issues from the inside out. It’s a well established fact that majority of Doctors are ill equipped to provide information about nutrition, prevention and wellness.

In the coaching relationship, the client is viewed as a complete resourceful and whole individual. You know what works best for you. A coach does not provide instructions on how to get things done nor does (s)he give expert advice.

A health coach works with you to produce a step-by-step methodology for implementing a health and wellness plan that will work for you.
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One of the tools that I use as a health coach is called the Wellness Inventory. I assist my clients in exploring the twelve dimensions of wellness. Clients are able to identify core issues that are not obvious initially. I then work with my clients to identify both their areas of strength and areas that create the potential for personal growth (notice I do not use the verbiage ‘weakness!)

  • A good  coach will work with you by helping you discover what you really want. As a coach my job is to hold your agenda at all times (the issue that you bring to the coaching relationship and choose to work on). In return, I will also hold you accountable at all times.
  • Once you are clear about what it is that you want, the next step is to, write out your health improvement goals and then outline a schedule of how you are going to proceed, on a consistent basis, to attain those goals. This is called creating action steps. You might write these out with pen and paper or use an online tool like the wellness inventory or your computer. Whichever tool you decide to use, by writing your goals down, this automatically begins to program your mind to gear up for pursuit of this goal. A health coach will work with you in creating a strong and compelling vision of how you want to look, feel, and live your life.
  • From this point, your health coach will help you break down your goals into immediate, short term and long term goals whilst still holding the vision of what the client is working toward.

I encourage my clients to make simple small changes in their lives. These usually lead to more lasting results. These smaller goals will be the stepping stones to the attainment of your personalized vision of health and wellness.

At times, it may be frustrating trying to reach your goals. It may be that you suffer setbacks or even road blocks along the way. The coach’s objective voice will be a golden tool, helping you along and not letting you give up on yourself. Remember I have alluded to the fact that Health and Wellness is a continuous journey and not a final destination? My goal as a health coach is to make that journey FUN!

Highly skilled professionals from all walks of life, from athletes to dancers to corporate executives, have long employed coaches. A coach is there when that “inner voice” is not quite enough to motivate us. They are there to be a light during the dark times when we are overwhelmed with feelings of fears or failure. They are there to show us what may be alternative perspectives on what we are currently doing.

You can choose to work with a health coach for a few sessions or over a long period of time. You may also work intermittently if you have an important event in the near future and you need some ‘fine tuning’.  Most coaches will require an initial commitment of at least 3 months. Coaching Sessions may be held once a week and may be as brief as 30 minutes and up to 90 minutes or longer. The average session is 60 minutes. Prices vary per coach.
I recommend working with a  coach particularly if you have tried to change your lifestyle in the past and it has not worked.

 

A health coach will help you to adjust the lens through which you view your life and your experiences.

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Dr. Eno

Born in London and raised in Nigeria, Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician, with over 20 years of experience in the health & wellness industry. She graduated from medical school in 1987 with several awards in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Pharmacology and General Surgery. She is passionate about placing a human touch to healthcare and was the recipient for the quarterly award for compassion when she worked as a primary care physician with a large multi-specialty medical group in Chicago. As a professional life coach, Dr. Eno is committed to helping woman living with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes achieve optimal health and wellbeing, so that they are able to experience a more wholesome life. She is also an author of a book on diabetes, designed to educate people about diabetes in an easy to understand way. To download a free preview of her book, click here.

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