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Why should I hire a health coach?

The short answer: it works.

You've got health goals. They could be anything: eating better, improving your labs, losing weight, avoiding type 2 diabetes or just living a healthier lifestyle. Regardless of what you'd like to achieve, a health coach can help you get there.

Several years ago, Harvard Health talked about the effectiveness of health coaching. Key points in the article weren't questioning whether health coaching works, but why health coaching works. My favorite reasons why include:

  • Motivational interviewing: "people who are changing for their own reasons, on their own terms, are far more likely to succeed"

    • Translation: it's your world, and your health coach is here for all of it

  • Positive psychology: "harness your strengths to improve your health"

    • Translation: instead of focusing on what you're doing wrong, health coaches leverage where you're already successful

  • Virtual sessions: "as effective when administered remotely… when compared with face-to-face coaching"

    • Translation: no need to leave the comfort of your home in order to improve your wellness with a health coach

  • Clinical labs: "coaching results in clinically relevant improvements in multiple biomarker risk factors (including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness)"

    • Translation: if you need scientific... err biometric... proof that you can improve your labs after working with a health coach, researchers have it documented

At Align+Clear, we empower clients to take control of their own wellness, on their terms. Many of our success metrics are subjective, reliant on how our clients are feeling, how they gauge what's working and what's not. You can see examples of this throughout our testimonials and real results.

Our data-driven numbers are pretty impressive, too. At the beginning of our coaching engagements (self-guided and 1:1 options), we ask each client three questions, rated on a scale from 1 to 5:

  • In the last week, how often did you eat healthy?

  • In the last week, how well did you sleep?

  • In the last week, how much did you move?

We ask these same questions at the end of every week. In just 3 weeks, our clients report an average 29% improvement in how they eat, sleep and move. Overall, self-ratings improved from 3.1 to 4.0 out of 5. That's huge!

In just 3 weeks, Align+Clear clients report an average 29% improvement in how they eat, sleep and move.

Here's how the numbers break down after 3 weeks of client ratings:

  • healthy eating = 4.3 / 5 (11% better)

  • sleep quality = 4.0 / 5 (48% better)

  • movement = 3.7 / 5 (61% better)

The long answer: here are 10 specific reasons why it's worth it to hire a health coach.

  1. Health coaches provide personalized guidance and support. They take the time to understand your specific health concerns, lifestyle and preferences, working with you to develop a plan that's tailored to your needs and goals.

  2. Health coaches help you stay motivated and accountable. They provide encouragement and support when you're feeling discouraged. Regular check-ins and progress tracking keep you on track and motivated to stick to your health goals, making it more likely that you will see positive and lasting changes.

  3. Health coaches can help you overcome obstacles. They offer strategies for dealing with challenges such as lack of time, motivation, or support. By helping to identify and address barriers that can hinder progress (from unhealthy habits to time constraints and emotional obstacles), they help you navigate them successfully.

  4. Health coaches undergo specialized training in health and wellness. From nutrition and exercise, to stress management and behavior change, their expertise allows them to provide evidence-based recommendations and strategies.

  5. Health coaches thrive in creating behavior change. Adopting healthier habits and lifestyle changes is challenging for most people. Health coaches are skilled in research-backed change techniques, empowering you with tools to make sustainable shifts in your daily routines.

  6. Health coaches typically take a holistic approach to wellness. Recognizing that physical health is interconnected with mental, emotional, and social well-being, they address the whole person, promoting a balanced and comprehensive approach.

  7. Health coaches foster long-term results. Unlike quick-fix solutions or diet fads, health coaching aims for sustainable, lasting results. They'll work with you to build a solid foundation for healthier living that can be maintained and grow after the coaching relationship ends.

  8. Health coaches offer a supportive environment. Having a non-judgmental partner on your wellness journey can make a significant difference. Health coaches provide a safe and empathetic space for you to share your concerns, successes, and setbacks without fear of criticism.

  9. Health coaches emphasize preventive measures. Getting help to identify risks and address them proactively can reduce the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses and improve overall well-being.

  10. Health coaches streamline the process of understanding and implementing recommendations. They can help you make informed decisions, weigh your options and avoid wasting time on ineffective or contradictory approaches.

Still not sure?

That's totally understandable. There isn't much about the coaching / nutrition / training / education / fitness landscape that's easy to navigate. We're happy to talk you through the options, answer any questions you have and help you make the right choice. 

  • Start with our FREE 3-day program on growth mindset. It will give you a sense of what the app experience is like, and you can text with your coach.

  • Our 3-week programs are the most popular. They're fast-paced and have more daily content to review and apply.

  • The 3-month programs are slow and steady, with more information, more time to adjust, reflect and explore new habits. They've got the best success rates for long-term lifestyle change for mind and body.

  • Extensions to 6-months include a custom track for months 4-6, where you'll select a concept from your first 90 days for us to dig into.

In short, do what you can afford — in both time and money. If you wrap up a program and want more, let us know and we'll prorate you into a longer commitment. 

Investing in a health mindset coach can be a valuable step towards achieving improved health and wellness. Their knowledge, personalized support, and focus on sustainable change can lead to transformative results and empower you to lead a healthier, happier life in the long run.

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