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Longevity, Lifespan and Healthspan. The Role of Health Coaching

Updated: May 3

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In the pursuit of a longevity and a fulfilling life, the importance of healthy habits cannot be overstated. While we often hear about the significance of proper diet, regular exercise, and stress management, putting these principles into practice can be challenging. This is where health coaching emerges to support and guide individuals towards sustainable lifestyle changes that foster longevity and healthspan.

Longevity is not just about the number of years one lives; it's also about the quality of those years: healthspan

As ever, please talk to your doctor or medical practitioner most familiar with your medical history before implementing any changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle, especially if you are under treatment. Links to any supporting studies or resources are at the end of page.

 

Tackling Chronic Illness and Empowering Behaviour Change


Health coaching operates on a fundamental principle: personalised guidance. Unlike generic advice found online, health coaching offers tailored strategies, addressing individual needs and preferences.


Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, significantly impact longevity. Health coaching plays a pivotal role in managing these conditions. Coaches provide ongoing support, helping clients adhere to medication regimens, adopt appropriate dietary changes, and incorporate physical activity into their routines. By addressing the root causes and managing symptoms effectively, health coaching aids in enhancing the quality of life for those living with chronic illnesses.


Coaches collaborate with clients to set realistic goals, breaking down the daunting task of adopting healthy habits into manageable steps. This personalized approach fosters a sense of accountability, empowering individuals to stay on track and make consistent progress.

 

How Health Coaching Supports the Implementation of Healthy Habits


Health coaches use a variety of strategies to help their clients implement healthy habits. Some of the most common strategies include:


  • Education: Health coaches provide their clients with education about the importance of healthy living and the science behind specific lifestyle changes. This helps clients to understand the benefits of making changes and to make informed decisions about their health.

  • Goal setting: Health coaches help their clients to set realistic and achievable goals for themselves. This helps clients to feel motivated and to stay on track.

  • Planning: Health coaches help their clients to develop a plan for achieving their goals. This plan may include specific steps that the client needs to take, such as changing their diet, starting a new exercise routine, or managing stress.

  • Support and accountability: Health coaches provide their clients with support and accountability along the way. This may involve regular check-ins, encouragement, and problem-solving assistance.

 

Improving Performance and Vitality


Health coaching focuses on improving vitality, ensuring that individuals not only live longer but also live better. By promoting holistic well-being, health coaching addresses mental, emotional, and social aspects of health alongside physical health.


Strategies like mindfulness practices, relaxation techniques, breath work and fostering social connections are integral parts of health coaching, contributing to a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

 

Building Resilience and Living Life with Vitality


Life is unpredictable, and resilience is crucial in the face of challenges. Health coaching equips individuals with the tools to bounce back from setbacks. Through personalised support and encouragement, individuals learn to navigate obstacles, adapt to change, and maintain their commitment to healthy habits even during difficult times.


This resilience not only enhances longevity but also fosters a positive mindset, contributing to overall life satisfaction.


Health coaching helps individuals to improve their vitality and overall well-being. Health coaches can help individuals to:


  • Increase their energy levels: To identify and address the root causes of fatigue. They can also provide tips for improving sleep, diet, and exercise habits.

  • Reduce stress: Health coaches can teach individuals stress management techniques and help them to identify and avoid stress triggers.

  • Boost their mood: Health coaches can help individuals to improve their mood by helping them to focus on positive aspects of their lives and to develop healthy habits that support their mental well-being.

 

Coaching Relationships


The relationship between a health coach and their client is unique. It is built on trust, empathy, and mutual respect. Coaches serve as mentors and confidants, providing unwavering support throughout the wellness journey.


This relationship-oriented approach ensures that individuals do not feel alone in their pursuit of health and longevity. Having someone who genuinely cares about their well-being motivates individuals to stay dedicated to their goals, making long-term success more achievable.

 

The value of health coaching for longevity is immeasurable. By offering personalised guidance, addressing chronic illnesses, improving vitality, building resilience, and fostering long-term relationships, health coaching transforms lives.


From Santa Monica to Singapore, coaching empowers individuals to take charge of their health, make meaningful lifestyle changes and enjoy a longer, healthier and more fulfilling life. Embracing the support of a health coach, embracing lifestyle as medicine, can be the key that unlocks the door to a future filled with vitality, happiness and longevity.


Stay Healthy,

Alastair

 
longevity healthspan Singapore


Achieve Your Health and Longevity Goals


Your health, physical – mental – social - is complex and affected by multiple factors within and outside of your control. Our consults and programmes address the whole person, the root causes of ill health and maximising your health, performance & vitality. Longevity and lifestyle medicine is an area that has always been of interest to us and our clients.


Take the first step and arrange an introductory call. Contact us, by phone or WhatsApp, to discuss how we can support your journey to health. We are based in Singapore and work with clients globally.


Book a Whole Health Consult to assess, identify and prioritise key factors (known and unknown) that affect your health. And receive personalised recommendations on how to address them.


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Related Studies


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Drake JC, Yan Z. Targeting healthspan to optimally combat non-communicable disease in an aging world. Sports Med Health Sci. 2019 Sep 10;1(1):59-60. doi: 10.1016/j.smhs.2019.08.005. PMID: 35782460; PMCID: PMC9219309.


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Almulhim AN, Hartley H, Norman P, Caton SJ, Doğru OC, Goyder E. Behavioural Change Techniques in Health Coaching-Based Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. BMC Public Health. 2023 Jan 13;23(1):95. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-14874-3. PMID: 36639632; PMCID: PMC9837922.


Kwok ZC, Tao A, Chan HY. Effects of Health Coaching on Cardiometabolic Health in Middle-Aged Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Am J Health Promot. 2022 Nov 2:8901171221137332. doi: 10.1177/08901171221137332. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36322092.


Barakat S, Boehmer K, Abdelrahim M, Ahn S, Al-Khateeb AA, Villalobos NÁ, Prokop L, Erwin PJ, Fleming K, Serrano V, Spencer-Bonilla G, Murad MH. Does Health Coaching Grow Capacity in Cancer Survivors? A Systematic Review. Popul Health Manag. 2018 Feb;21(1):63-81. doi: 10.1089/pop.2017.0040. Epub 2017 Jun 21. PMID: 28636526.


Kivelä K, Elo S, Kyngäs H, Kääriäinen M. The effects of health coaching on adult patients with chronic diseases: A systematic review. Patient Educ Couns 2014;97(2):147–57. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.026.


Long H, Howells K, Peters S, Blakemore A. Does health coaching improve health-related quality of life and reduce hospital admissions in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Health Psychol. 2019 Sep;24(3):515-546. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12366. Epub 2019 Apr 29. PMID: 31033121; PMCID: PMC6767143.



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