When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s more than just what you eat and how you exercise. The quality and quantity of your sleep, how you deal with stress and your emotional well-being also play a role in your overall health. While doctors and physicians can diagnosis and treat illnesses, health coaches can teach preventative measures that thwart a visit to a doctor altogether.
“Physicians don’t have enough time to spend with their patients going over nutrition, lifestyle and stress reduction,” says Kerrie Martin, a holistic health and nutrition counselor and founder of health coaching practice Live In Rhythm. “Health coaches serve to fill that gap.”
Health coaches are a relatively new phenomenon in the health and fitness world and the practice differs from personal training. A personal trainer tends to tell clients how much to exercise and in some cases, what to eat, a health coach will do that plus discuss ways to reduce stress, increase rest, and focus on improving the overall quality of life—not just in the gym.