As more and more people around the world seek to become healthier and happier, the quest for sound information is growing. With many gimmicks, multi-level marketing and biased “scientific” information out there on how to get healthy, it can be difficult to know who or what to trust. While it is known that working with a trainer, health coach or someone else to reach a goal is often more successful than trying it alone, there are multiple ways a person can improve their life.
If deciding to hire a trainer or health coach, look for some basic signs to ensure you’re getting unbiased information. For example, if the trainer or coach sells certain products or health supplements, ask if he or she make a financial profit off selling those products. While it isn’t always the case, sometimes when coaches, trainers or doctors have products they are selling, it can be easy for that person to create a reason why you “need” that supplement.
As a health coach who has also worked in the health supplement industry, I know several of the selling point gimmicks that try to tell people why they need a certain product, when in reality, they may not. In my health coaching practice, I suggest only supplements to clients when I feel they are needed. Also, because I do not sell or represent any specific products, I can freely and openly suggest the brand or company of a product I feel is the most superior.
Oftentimes the most beneficial aspect of receiving health coaching is the needed or extra motivation. I sincerely believe that all people, deep down, want to be healthy. Sometimes, receiving help on motivation can be what is needed to get a person started. The motivation can also give people the confidence to not only begin a change in their life, but can be the stabilizing factor from another person that people often need when making life changes. In other words, the mental and emotional support a health coach can offer is sometimes the most important benefit a person can receive.
In most cases, western medicine doctors (M.D.s) receive very little or no education on nutrition and diet. On the contrary, many health coaches have studied some form of nutrition, which can put them at an advantage when educating clients on how diet and nutrition affects our health. Since nutrition is one of the most important aspects of health, getting up to date and solid nutritional advice can help tremendously in improving health.
When visiting a western medical doctor, often the advice is very “cookie-cutter.” “Take this pill and see if your symptoms improve.: With coaching, the client is actively working with the coach. The doctor-patient relationship is more like a teacher-student relationship, whereas the coach-client relationship is more like student-student. The client and coach work together as a team where each person is seen as an equal. An equal coaching relationship sets the stage right away for the client to feel comfortable asking tough questions, challenging the coach as well as challenging his or her own-self to grow in ways that might be uncomfortable at first. Ensuring that the client feels equal as a person with the coach, instead of inferior, is perhaps the most important dynamic in creating positive change.
Lance Schuttler graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Science and practices health coaching through his website Orgonlight Health. You can follow the Orgonlight Health facebook page or visit the website for more information on how to receive health coaching for yourself, a family member or a friend as well as view other inspiring articles.