What Is Health And Lifestyle Coaching?

Published on: March 22, 2016

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“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” — Hippocrates

If you’re a regular visitor, you may have noticed a new menu titled Health Coaching.

In this article I wish to discuss what Health Coaching is via a Q&A.

What Is Health and Lifestyle Coaching?

Health and Lifestyle Coaching is an online coaching service aimed to help you take control of your health and wellbeing. In my work with hundreds of people spanning the past twelve years, health is not limited to a physical sensation that occurs in the body. It is our thoughts, the air we breathe, the stressors in our life, how often and what types of movements we partake in and what we eat.

So if we want to lose weight and are stressed, we are bound to run into problems if our goal is to be healthy and maintain a lean physique. Lean does not mean low body fat as espoused in fitness magazines or online media. It means NOT carrying excess body fat which poses a danger to our health.

Health and Lifestyle Coaching is an online coaching system via Skype to help you achieve your goals. You become accountable because you invest the time and money to realise your health goals. It is online coaching from a specialised person capable of helping you realise your goals.

What Can I Expect From A Skype Session?

The initial consultation comprises a Needs Analysis where I examine your health history and your goals to assess how I can best serve you. The first consultation lasts 45 minutes and we will decide how often to meet and establish objectives to make sure you achieve your desired outcomes. I take a holistic and integrated approach to health and wellbeing, which means I consider your mental, emotional and physical state of wellbeing to decide how I can best serve you. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know you and discover what is limiting you from reaching your health goals. You are encouraged to ask questions during the consultation and voice any concerns.

Who Is Health Coaching For?

This is a great question and one that is often asked. Health and Lifestyle Coaching is for anyone who wants to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Others need coaching to overcome obstacles that restrict them from achieving their goals. By getting to know you better, I can assess what I believe are the main reasons hampering your success, and together we can work to overcome these obstacles.

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” — Deepak Chopra

How Long Is A Coaching Session?

An initial consultation runs for 45 minutes and subsequent appointments or follow-ups are 30 minutes. Once we’ve established the main areas to work on, later appointments involve touching base to track your progress and identify hurdles stopping you from achieving your goals. For example, we may identify that you need to exercise more, yet your day job is sedentary which entails sitting all day. Together we devise a plan on how you can fit in more movement and exercise before, during and after work. The benefits of increased movement throughout the day are tenfold, one of which includes joint mobility and an increase in metabolism and calories burned.

What Do You Cover And Not Cover?

We cover everything ranging from:

  • Negative and limiting thoughts & beliefs affecting your general health
  • Exercise and movement
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition
  • How to implement and adhere to healthy habits
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • How to improve energy levels
  • Healthy and permanent weight-loss
  • How to shop and read food labels
  • How to improve sleep
  • Improving posture

I do not address pre-existing medical conditions and encourage you to consult with your medical practitioner. The advice communicated during the sessions are guidance and advice, not prescriptive. I am not qualified to diagnose or treat medical conditions. I advise you what I believe is the best approach to achieve health and wellbeing. I encourage you to inform your medical practitioner that you are seeking health coaching so we can work together to deliver the best service possible.

How Much Does It Cost?

An initial consultation costs $95 AUD while a subsequent follow-up costs $85 AUD. Please check with your health provider if you are able to claim this fee on your health insurance. In some countries, health providers offer rebates for such services. I also offer 3, 6 and 12 month packages that are more affordable over the long term. Given it can take anywhere from 3 months to 12 months to achieve your health goals, these packages are well suited to save you money and work on cementing your overall goals.

How Often Are The Skype Consultations?

Based on your health goals, we will decide how often to meet in the initial consultation. Weekly meetings are well-advised, though fortnightly sessions are also available. The frequency of meetings will depend on your goals and the timeframe in which you hope to achieve them. This is a joint decision and I will not force you to decide on something you are not comfortable with. Health and Lifestyle Coaching is targeted to help you realise your goals, which means you decide how much effort you make to achieve them.

Can You Guarantee Results?

It would be remiss of me to guarantee you results and I advise you to stay clear of anyone who promises they can guarantee such a thing. However, I can guarantee that if you follow my advice and carry out the strategies in the coaching program, you will achieve positive results. Setbacks will arise from time to time. Unforeseen events pop up in life, like a flu that derails your well-laid plans. As your coach, I have encountered these situations before and I know the best route to take to keep you on track. I often tell clients that minds are like parachutes, they work best when open. Keep an open mind and avoid placing expectations of how and when you achieve your results. I’ve witnessed many clients exceed their wildest dreams despite having faced adversity and setbacks. There is no straight path to success, just commitment and perseverance.

How Long Before I See Results?

As mentioned above, everyone is different and you may need one month to a year to achieve your goals. It will depend on your health history, commitment, and ability to adhere to the advice while keeping stress to a minimum. I assure you the results will come if you stay the distance. For some, results come quicker, while others it takes longer, yet when they arrive the results are likely to be permanent. I encourage you to let go of the timeframe required to achieve your goals and focus on gaining vital lessons from the experience. This is expected to result in maintaining health for a long time.

I hope this article gives you an impression of what Health and Lifestyle Coaching entails. Please direct any questions using the Contact Form on the website. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.

If you wish to book a consultation, click here and navigate to the bottom of the page to the booking system.

Payment can be made via PayPal using a credit card and you needn’t create a PayPal account.

My days and hours of availability are exclusively Monday to Wednesday due to speaking and writing commitments.

To your continued health and happiness.

Tony

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