Becoming an Online Wellness Coach
Use Technology to Become a Virtual Health Coach
With the increasing popularity of online support and services, the trend to become an online wellness coach is growing. It’s similar to other economic trends that you’re likely familiar with. Can you remember the first time you opened the box to your new iPhone? Or the first time you walked into a brand new Whole Foods? Maybe you recall setting up a Facebook account. Have you joined Amazon Prime to have whatever you want sent do your door in a few days or less? Sure, you probably wish you bought stock in all these things, but chances are, you didn’t.
The point is, you probably had a feeling that something special was happening. There was a movement or a change occurring. When it comes to the future of wellness coaching, something is happening again. If you stop and slow down for a moment, can you feel it? The wellness paradigm is shifting and now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of the Wellness Movement.
Today, three powerful shifts are shaping this exciting Wellness Movement. And as these shifts come together, they’re creating the perfect environment for online health and wellness coaches. Let’s look closer at what’s happening right now….
From an economic standpoint, we’re in the midst of a global healthcare crisis. The population is getting older and, at least in the US, the health insurance industry is changing while overall health care costs are increasing. Roughly one in two adults has a chronic illness. And an estimated 70% of healthcare costs are related to preventable diseases.
Even though we have information at our disposal 24/7, we’re still having trouble making the changes needed to actually be healthier. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity are all on the rise. And doctors, aren’t usually trained (and don’t have time) to help patients change their behavior.
What’s more, new illnesses are often ignored by traditional medicine. Issues like fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue and inflammation all have real, sometimes debilitating symptoms.
Holistic approaches to health and wellness have become more accepted across the globe. People are rethinking the way they approach health and wellness. Natural health and alternative modalities are more popular than ever before.
A few facts for you:
Nearly a third of American medical schools are offering courses in holistic medicine. We’re talking top-tier schools like Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Yale.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 3 billion people currently use holistic methods as their primary form of healthcare. And, corporations the world over are taking wellness more seriously, too, by offering workplace wellness programs.
Individuals are spending over $60 billion on holistic, non-medical attempts to improve their health. These same people are seeking coaches that provide more than just personal training focused on their weight and their outward appearance. People want a new way to be supported both inside and out.
With these facts and figures in mind, you can see why there’s an explosion in health and wellness coaching jobs and opportunities. Just like Facebook, Whole Foods and Amazon, Wellness Coaching is a new, powerful trend that is here to stay.
Technology is a Driving Force for the Online Wellness Coach
Technology, ever the driver for change, has transformed the way we work. Wellness coaches now have the opportunity to work from home—just like we’ve seen in other industries.
About one in five Americans work from home. Roughly 50% of Britons work remotely. This trend seems like a positive for our mental health. For one, over 80% of remote workers report lower stress levels and technology is making it easier for those workers to maintain that flexible schedule.
For health and wellness coaches, offering virtual services on Skype or Google Hangouts presents a new avenue to earn income that allows you to expand beyond the limitations of four walls in a building. Today, you can connect with people across the world using no to low-cost technology.
For someone who wants to work from home as an online wellness coach, the internet, Skype and social media have made it easier than ever.
What Technology-Based Coaching Can Offer
Wellness coaching has the potential to change how people take their health into their own hands, and technology is playing a role in that shift. From monitoring behaviors to providing affordable, convenient access to those who would usually go without, here are some of the components of technology-based coaching that wellness coaches can incorporate:
- Online Forums: Participants can communicate with their coach and other members of the community at any time. This online platform gives clients a digital support system anyone can turn to for advice, challenges, and exchange information.
- Mobile App Messaging: Keep your clients accountable by checking in remotely and offering encouragement and advice.
- Set Goals and Reminders: Participants can set reminders to keep on track and be held accountable.
- Targeted wellness coaching programs: Allow participants to track their efforts and progress. Wellness professionals can review these results and adjust motivating plans accordingly.
How Does the IAWP Help the Aspiring Online Wellness Coach?
If you want to incorporate online technology in your wellness coaching practice, you’re in the right place. The IAWP has over a decade of experience in online business and we pride ourselves in supporting students how to work with technology in their practices. Our entire program takes place online, so naturally, we’re familiar with the digital space.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about online wellness coaching as well as a variety of business and entrepreneurship tools to support you. Keep in mind, if you have no desire to use online technology, that’s okay, too. It’s not critical to your success. We teach both online and offline ways to jumpstart and grow your wellness coach practice.
Our certification process is a three-pillar learning experience that covers holistic health and wellness, in-depth coach training, plus hands-on business training designed specifically for running a coaching business. You’ll receive done-for-you coaching blueprints and business systems that will show you how to hit the ground running.The majority of our students start working with paying clients before they graduate. Plus you’ll learn from the industry’s leading experts in holistic health, entrepreneurship, wellness, and coaching.
Ready to turn your wellness hobby into a career that allows you freedom and flexibility using today’s technology? Check out our curriculum and learn to develop and grow a practice as a wellness coach both online and off.
- Discover how you can quickly launch your career as a Holistic Wellness Coach
- Explore the important differences between Wellness & Health Coaching
- Get a sneak peek of the curriculum in our globally accredited program
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