Online Wellness Coach Training & Certification
Use Technology to Become a Virtual Health Coach
With the increasing popularity of wellness coaching, we’re starting to see new trends shaping the holistic industry. 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. 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. Something is happening again in the realm of healthcare coaching. The wellness paradigm is shifting and now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of the Wellness Movement.
Today, three powerful forces are shaping the world we live in. And as these forces come together, they’re creating the perfect environment for virtual health and wellness coaches.
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 go 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 become more accepted across the globe. People are rethinking the way they approach health and wellness.
A few facts for you:
Nearly a third of American medical schools are offering courses in holistic medicine. And 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 holistic medicine more seriously, too by offering workplace wellness programs.
Individuals are dropping even bigger bucks, spending over $60 billion on holistic, non-medical attempts to improve their health.
With these facts and figures in mind, we’re looking at an explosion in health and wellness coaching jobs on the horizon. Corporations are hiring healthcare coaches to come in and help their employees.
Individuals seek coaches that provide more than personal training at the gym. Think nutritional guidance or personalized ways to manage stress levels.
In short, health coaching is on the brink of becoming mainstream, just like Facebook and Whole Foods before.
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 and across the pond, 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 revenue stream that allows you to expand beyond the limitations of your physical community. Facebook allows you to market your services, as does Google AdWords. And then there’s YouTube which enables you to offer content for free — connecting with people across the world.
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
Health 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 critical components of technology-based coaching:
- 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 IAWP Help the Aspiring Virtual Health & Wellness Coach?
IAWP can help prospective wellness professionals enter this growing field. Our entire program takes place online, so naturally, we’re familiar with the digital space. Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading experts in holistic health, entrepreneurship, wellness, and coaching.
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.
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.