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  • Jeff Taraday

Why You Could Use a Health Coach During Quarantine

To say that we're all going through a stressful time is an understatement. Our whole world has been turned upside down. Friends and family, once sources of comfort, have become sources of caution and anxiety. Typical social behaviors and every day tasks have now either become impossible or seemingly dangerous. Many of us are holed up in our houses and unable to fully live our lives... and even when our lockdowns end, everything we do will be different, and the amount of fear and trepidation will be palpable.

All this means that many of us are turning for other things as sources of comfort, and they might not be all that good for us. Calorie-dense foods, alcohol, binge-watching TV... there's a reason why the term "Quarantine 15" has become so popular.

More importantly, the goalposts have shifted when it comes to health. It's clear that eating a nutrient-dense healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of chronic disease, but that hasn't been enough motivation for many people, considering chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are more prevalent than ever. But now, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're learning that living a healthy lifestyle may be the most important determining factor between whether or not you end up going to the hospital if you contract the novel coronavirus.

So living healthy is more important than ever before. But why pay for a health coach when you probably know what you should be doing yourself? Here are some important reasons why.

Health Coaches Provide Accountability

If you know what to do but still aren't successful at honing your diet and lifestyle, it's likely that you need an accountability partner. It's just so easy to make snap decisions, especially during a stressful time, to eat something you know you shouldn't be eating or to skip a workout. But with a health coach, you have a trained partner whose sole mission is to make sure you accomplish your goals. Just like having a personal trainer who can help you stay honest with your workouts, a health coach will help you stay honest and on track with eating and other valuable lifestyle changes.

Health Coaches Provide Valuable Advice

Trying to find worthwhile answers on the internet can be time-consuming and confusing. If you find a great health coach, they can share information based on their expertise that may help you sift through common myths and gimmicks to save you a lot of time.

Health Coaches Can Help You Establish - And Tweak - A Plan

This might be the most important point of all. If you don't plan ahead to make sustainable lifestyle changes, you're likely doomed to fail. A health coach can help you put together a plan, and over time, they can help you make important adjustments to make sure your plan isn't too ambitious or too easy.

They Can Help Get You Out of a Rut

Maybe you're reading this and thinking to yourself - "I know I need to get healthier but just can't bring myself to do it," or maybe you've made some changes but have stopped seeing improved results. Finding a health coach can really help you figure out why you're feeling stuck, and they can give you the extra push you need to get over the hump.

All that being said, while a health coach can help you, you've gotta make sure you find the right one for you. There are a lot of amazing, talented people becoming health coaches these days, but it's worthwhile doing some "shopping around" before you hire a coach.

If you think you may be a great fit for my services and philosophy, learn more about my coaching services here.

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