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Why Behavior Change Matters and the Role of a Health Coach?

Have you considered switching up your daily routines for better health? It's known as "behavior change." 

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Behavior change doesn't happen overnight.

It's about taking baby steps that eventually result in giant leaps. You can't achieve it in a day,  with proper support and consistency, it’s achievable.

As a health coach, I'm here as your guide to help you understand more about it.

Keep reading for more insights.

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FAQs (Behavior Change)

What is Behavior Change?

Behavior change is a process you undergo as you move through the stages of change that include precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance [1].

In basic terms, behavior change is tweaking what you regularly do to improve health.

What is Behavior Change

Additionally, behavior change is a planned, guided, and measured approach [2].

This means:

  • Implementing a strategy for change (short-term and/or long-term).

  • Collecting and reflecting on information about the behavior change. 

  • Choosing one or more techniques that could be effective for your behavior change.

  • Monitoring and tweaking the chosen intervention.

Why Behavior Change Matters?

Behavior change – two words, endless possibilities. It's taking charge of your life, bit by bit, decision by decision, to shape a more complete and healthy way of living.

I liken behavior change to walking up a gradual but large hill. 

As you gradually notice the work, you see the hill in front of you and move step by step to ascend the hill, and enjoy the view from the top.

In my opinion, transitions in behavior fundamentally lean on patience, persistence, and personalization.

For example, with habits such as exercising regularly or improving your diet, the key is to know why you're doing it, set goals that are realistic, and appreciate every small achievement.

After all, a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step!

Companions on Your Path: Health Coaches

Imagine having a friend who's all about helping you be your healthiest self. A faithful advocate focused on understanding your health challenges and supporting you on your healthier lifestyle.

That’s what working with a National Board Certified Health Coach is like! 

✅ They invest a lot of time and effort to expand their understanding of health. 

✅ They constantly update their knowledge with new health trends and effective strategies on supporting behavior change.

✅ They help clients implement practical strategies for the lifestyle changes you want to make

✅ They focus on understanding your strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and obstacles so you recognize them and use them to your advantage.

So, how can I partner with you? Find out in the following section.

How I Can Partner With You?

As a National Board Certified Health Coach, I'm at your service to facilitate changing your habits.

How I Can Partner With You

Here's the guideline:

  • Understand You Better: Let's review your current habits and your desired outcomes.

  • Set Goals: We'll establish a clear roadmap for your health goals.

  • Plan Actions: Let's specify the adjustments needed to hit your goals.

  • Support You: I'll be present to lend a hand if any obstacles appear.

Success Stories

I have the privilege of working with clients ready for behavior change. They approach me intending to lose weight, live healthily, or boost their self-worth.

Here are some winning results highlighting how much a health coach can help.

Success Stories

I am grateful for every one of my clients because they all teach me something new about myself and how to be a better coach.

Your Health, Your Choice

Your daily decisions greatly influence your health. It's easy to believe that getting healthy requires major adjustments, yet small changes can add up to huge changes.

Let me lift the weight off your shoulders: changing your behavior isn't as challenging as climbing a mountain, it is about taking small positive steps toward better health.

A study shows that even one small change can spark a chain of changes, which contribute to even greater health benefits [3].

FAQs (Behavior Change)

Why is health behavior change important?

You can prevent illness and improve wellness by changing health behaviors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress.

What is the role of behavior change in health promotion?

Health promotion focuses on lifestyle improvements to keep disease away and health intact. It encourages habits that boost well-being, avoid illness, and enhance life quality for everyone.

What is the coach approach to behavior change?

A coach's approach to behavior change encourages teamwork for goal-setting and enables personal change. Using diverse methods, they assist clients in recognizing their wants, needs, worth, actionable steps and so much more.

Why is it important to create behavior focused SMART goals in health coaching?

SMART goals in behavior provide clear, actionable steps, and reinforce motivation. A SMART goal in health coaching simplifies achievement by providing clarity on actions, timelines and what success looks like.

What to do next?

The first step is to understand the importance of behavior change and the role of a health coach.

Now, reflect on your habits. Which ones do you wish to change? 

What does success look like for you?

How does this vision align with your values and priorities?

As a certified health coach, I can help bring your health goals to life. We can spot the habits that are holding you back and create a plan to change them. 

We'll collaborate to create approaches that will help you make lasting changes.

Set up a clarity call to learn more and see if a health coach would benefit you.


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About the Author

Alexa Hanshaw

Alexa Hanshaw is a national board-certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC). She is also a stress management coach who helps women be the CEO of their stress. She empowers her clients to push past the confusion of the health and wellness industry to create lifestyle habits that bring them energy and work with their bodies instead of against it.

Join her free Facebook group, Be the CEO of Your Stress, and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube for quick, easy & healthy tips on stress, health, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and how to stay mindful!

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