What is virtual health coaching? With more and more people looking for a holistic approach to health care, the demand for health coaching is growing. An ever-increasing number of health coaches are able to provide a digital, virtual or telephonic health coaching service for their clients. This makes it easy to get fit, lose weight, or transform your health all from the comfort of your own home. How does virtual health coaching work? Read on…
What is Virtual Health Coaching?
Virtual health coaching uses a variety of technology platforms: laptops, tablets, smartphones, texting, and email to help clients with their wellness goals. The point is to make access easy wherever and whenever to work with an advanced health care professional. If you’re worried about making time for health coaching appointments or there’s not a health coach near you that you click with, working with a virtual health coach can be a great option.
How Does Virtual Health Coaching Work?
Virtual health coaching sessions are done on the phone, FaceTime, or WhatsApp from the comfort of your own home. Once you book a session, you receive a calendar invite for your appointment. At the time of your appointment your coach calls you on your preferred platform of choice (my international clients love WhatsApp!). Appointments typically last for one hour. During the session you might workout, develop specific strategies to overcome health obstacles, create a plan for your nutrition, discuss managing your stress, or work on a variety of other subjects relevant to your health. The session ends with a plan for specific goals to work on before the next appointment. Clients walk away from a virtual health coaching session with specific action steps to take to continue to move forward in goal accomplishment.
What Are the Costs Of Virtual Health Coaching?
The cost for virtual health coaching ranges depending on the experience and skill level of the coach. Highly qualified health coaches typically charge an hourly session price of $100-150 per appointment. Less experienced health coaches often offer sessions at $60-80 per appointment. Price really all depends on the individual coach and their business. I always encourage people not to focus so much on price but to focus more on finding the right fit for a coach to work with. If you save 20 bucks but don’t mesh well with your health coach – it won’t be as effective than if you spend a little extra for a coach who really “gets you” and can be your partner in transforming your health. Lifestyle changes are tough to make – its important you find someone you like, can trust, and will be an intimate part of your personal health.
Each and every health coach has their own unique experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and specializations. This is great because that means you can find someone who perfectly resonates with you and your journey.
The health coaching relationship is one of the most important relationships you’ll form in your life. Actually – it should be life-changing! And because you’re making a time and money investment, you want to work with someone who will mesh well with you and your personality, and who can help bring out your inner strength as you go through your own health journey.
What Do You Do During the Virtual Health Coaching Appointment?
- Virtual workout / fitness classes
- Goal coaching
- Talk therapy (stress, anxiety, injury recovery)
- Health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle design programs
Every client is different and how the hour session is used is dependent on their unique goals. Some of my virtual health coaching clients choose to use their session for a workout. Yes thats right, we do a VIRTUAL FITNESS EXERCISE SESSION! They show up to their appointment ready to sweat and I lead them through a guided workout custom fit to their body. This service is great if you are a busy mom or recovering from an injury that prevents you from going to the gym. This service is also great if you are recovering from an injury and want to ease back into activity safely (without getting another injury!). As a trained expert, I can help you build a foundation of fitness to recover your health and feel your best. All you have to do is show up to your virtual health coaching call and Ive got a workout prepared for you. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home! This makes fitting exercise into your busy life easy to do. My favorite part of virtual workout sessions is when my clients kids join in on the session! Ive hosted virtual workouts for entire families! Its great to see all generations moving together and living a fit lifestyle.
Other clients choose to divide their coaching session based on their desired outcomes. Some split their time between talk therapy/goal coaching plus exercise, or all talk therapy. It really depends on the client, their goals/priorities, and how they want to best use the hour to meet their needs. A good virtual health coach will help you use the hour appointment for YOU, your priorities, and moving forward towards what you want to accomplish. I always tell my virtual coaching clients, “I work for you! You are the boss! Tell me what you want to accomplish and Ill get you to where you want to go. My goal is to help you with yours.”
What Are the Benefits of Working With A Virtual Health Coach
Many of my virtual health coaching clients have a hard time making time for themselves. They have families, careers, a MILLION to-dos, and often their wellbeing is last on their agenda. They feel guilty when they prioritize self care or take time away from everything to workout, rest, or focus on themselves. But not doing so has left them feeling burnout, exhausted, depressed, anxious, angry, resentful, depleted, or negative. When they take the time to meet with a virtual health coach consistently, it changes EVERYTHING. They find that the one hour of self care allows them to prioritize their health and meet their needs. They start to feel better mentally and physically. Coaching helps them stay accountable to showing up for their own health. This renewed sense of wellbeing expands into everything, transforming them into a stronger mom, colleague, wife, and person. The support from their virtual health coach is the secret that makes their goals come to life. I believe the biggest benefit in working with a virtual health coach is an entire hour focused on YOU and helping you be your best. Here are a few other benefits of working with a virtual health coach:
- You get a personalized health/fitness plan according to your needs.
- Your health coach educates you about your health and how to make changes that will support you in the long-term.
- You get UNSTUCK. If you are unsure of what to do, overwhelmed or facing an obstacle, your health coach helps you break through the blocks to continue moving forward on your health journey.
- A health coach keeps you motivated and accountable.
- You have someone there to answer all your questions and give you personalized advice.
- Your health coach can relate to your struggles and is there to listen to you when all you want is to be heard.
- You can get extra support in all areas of your wellness crucial to your success (such as nutrition or stress management)
Friendly reminder: A quality virtual health coach will not judge you! Don’t feel anxious if you think you’re not fit enough, skinny enough, or good enough to work with a coach. That’s why we do what we do! We are all just real people with a passion for helping others feel fabulous and be healthy!
Virtual health coaching could be the service you’ve been looking for to accomplish your fitness and wellness goals. It really is magical to see how clients have the power to transform all from the comfort of their own home.
Ready to get started? I offer virtual health coaching for clients all over the world (yes Ive got coaching clients in Hong Kong and Tokyo!). Contact me here. Lets get you back to feeling GOOD.
Regardless of who you choose to work with, virtual health coaching is a valuable investment in your health. It offers you clear guidance and direction on your fitness journey so that you can stop feeling overwhelmed and confused and instead focus on your wellbeing.
It’s time to take your health back and thrive!
With all my love,
I want to meet you and help you get to where you want to go. Set up your virtual health coaching appointment here and lets get started!
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