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Health Coaching – The Key to Finding Out What’s Right for YOU!

Updated on May 3, 2012

Barely a day goes by without hearing on the TV news or reading in the newspapers about yet another threat to our health and well-being, but all too often the research and the advice that we are given is conflicting and confusing. “Go to work on an egg;” “Don’t eat eggs because they’re high in cholesterol.” “Drink low-cal drinks to prevent tooth decay;” “Don’t drink low-cal drinks because they’re full of carcinogens.” “Get out in the sun to maintain your levels of Vitamin D;” “Don’t go out in the sun otherwise you will get skin cancer.” How on earth are we supposed to make any sense of such contradictory reports and live healthy lifestyles which minimize our risk of serious illness?

Books, magazines, newspapers and TV programs on everything from weight-loss diets to medical matters present us with a plethora of information, all of which claims to be accurate and up-to-date. Not only has some of this been shown to be ill-informed and even downright dangerous, however, but of course none of it takes into account an individual’s unique medical history, current state of health and fitness or lifestyle considerations. What might be safe and potentially helpful for one person could be positively harmful to the next, and so, of course, any advice or guidance relating to health should only ever be tailored to the individual and his or her circumstances.

Scary statistics and the higher profile of health-related topics have encouraged increasing numbers of people to think about their own lifestyles and fitness levels, a fact which has caused a huge increase in the demand for health coaching, not only as a means of accessing personalized advice, but also so that people have the support of an online coach to help keep them motivated while they make the necessary adjustments in their lives. For some, health coaching has allowed them to quit smoking or find healthy and appropriate ways to deal with stress, while for others it has led to adopting healthier eating habits, losing weight, taking up beneficial exercise regimes or understanding the role of vitamins and supplements in their diets.

Working with an expert in online health coaching means having confidential access to an individual by e-mail or via an online technology such as Skype. The people who provide online health coaching services typically come from a background in the health services or from areas such as nutrition or fitness and they should also have received specialist training in health counseling. The best health coaches, such as those that you can meet via, are individuals who not only have considerable experience to offer, but who are also compassionate and understanding by nature and who have a genuine desire to help.

If you are one of the many people who want to take control of their own health and well-being but don’t know where to start or can’t make sense of all the conflicting advice which is available, why not check out for further information and to take that first important step?

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      Edegra 100mg 6 years ago

      Too much of anything is good for nothing.Drinking or eating too much may affect your health.There should be a limit in everything.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Everything is bad for you if you take too much of it. Trouble is, people think this means they better not take anything at all.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Hi Julie-Ann! Another HUB exquisitely written and very relevant. Voted up and useful. I will be recycling this at my health-related blog to share with others.

      Quick question:

      Are ALL HUBs here at HUBPages licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution?