Published: January 29, 2021
Finding time can truly be a challenge when it comes to following our passions, especially if you already live a busy life. Whether you are trying to launch a health and wellness coaching business on the side, or are diving into a full-time health and wellness coaching career, there are probably a few challenges you will run into while trying to get this pursuit off the ground. One of those challenges is finding the time you need to pursue this passion; another is knowing where to put your energy so that you get the most out of your efforts.
Lack of time tends to be an obstacle for many people, but following your dream of becoming a health and wellness coach doesn’t have to be impossible! Here’s a quick breakdown on some things you will need to consider when determining if becoming a health and wellness coach can work with your life:
What do health and wellness coaches do?
Health and wellness coaches are part wellness authority, part supportive mentor, and part behavior change specialist. They collaborate with clients who are seeking to enhance their well-being through self-directed, lasting changes that are in alignment with their values. Health coaches often work with clients to implement individualized food and lifestyle changes that meet the client’s unique needs and health goals.
Health coaches empower their clients to take charge of their health, to meet and exceed their wellness goals, and to create lasting change. Coaches provide accountability and a personalized approach, and they help the client tap into their motivation and overcome roadblocks in order to continue moving forward. Many health coaching clients report improved quality of life, physical health improvements, improved emotional well-being, and feeling less stressed.
What makes someone a good coach?
We get this question a lot! Health and wellness coaches are committed to using their 24 VIA Character Strengths such as love of learning, honesty, perspective, and kindness. A health and wellness coach maintains a positive regard for their clients and a belief in their clients’ capacity for change. They honor that each client is an expert on their own life, ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.
So, how do you become a health and wellness coach, even if you have a full-time job or a busy life?
Find a health coaching certification program that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Your time is valuable, so you want to make sure that you are getting your entire education in an effective setting. At The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, you can rest assured that our 1-year fully-online program is tailored to VARK learning styles and can fit a busy schedule. At FMCA, diversity is key. Our students come from all corners of the globe, from various educational backgrounds, and get to learn at their own pace, on their own time. We even won the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Excellence in Teaching/Training Award for 2020!
Look for a program that is approved and accredited.
When deciding on a health coaching certification program, it’s important to consider how it will fit into your overall career path. Part of that is looking to see who your program is recognized and approved by. After all, you’re busy, so you’ll want to invest your time in a recognized program that will help you get where you want to go next in your career.
At The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, we are proud to deliver the gold standard in health coaching certification. We are the only program designed in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and approved by The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC).
Our collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) will help set you up for success in your health and wellness coaching career. IFM sets the standard for science-based, root-cause curriculum in areas of Functional Medicine and functional nutrition. IFM’s renowned experts teach both the IFM and FMCA curriculum, modified specifically for health coaching.
The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) defines and sets the standard for health coach certification programs, further validating approved training programs such as FMCA. Together with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), NBHWC works to implement rigorous coach education standards, and approves only the health and wellness training programs that meet those standards. Only graduates of NBHWC-approved programs may sit for the board certification exam and earn the credential “National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach.” Since FMCA is one of the first NBHWC-approved programs, our graduates may sit for their board exams—and they consistently outperform the average. This most recent exam was no exception: 93% of FMCA students who sat for the test successfully earned their NBC-HWC title, compared to 87% of test-takers from other programs.
Choose a program that will give you the skills you need to set up your coaching business and career.
In FMCA’s Business-Building Track, which is a part of the Health Coaching Certification Program, you will learn and apply proven strategies, tactics, and tools to create a successful health coaching career. Whether that means building your own coaching business, becoming a valued member of a collaborative care team, or any number of other wellness career options, FMCA is here to help you build the business skills you will need.
In Functional Medicine Health Coaching, we think outside the box! We believe that the same innovative, holistic approach is the key to creating a rewarding and sustainable career. Our team of business leaders will show you how to get the basics down and then help you build the skills you need to work for the heart-centered practice you envision for yourself.
Pick a program that will have your back AFTER you graduate.
If you feel like your journey with FMCA stops at graduation, think again! When you graduate from our Health Coach Certification Program, you’ll receive access to our Functional Medicine Coaching job board, where you can build your own custom profile webpage in our Find A Coach directory. You’ll also have the opportunity to join our Alumni Program. In this collaborative environment, you’ll find personal and professional growth opportunities, connection and community-building, and a front-row seat to new developments in the world of Functional Medicine Health Coaching.
After being in the business for 5 years and graduating over 3,000 Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches, it’s safe to assume FMCA knows a thing or two about how to make health and wellness coaching careers work, even for busy people!
Want to learn more about our program? Schedule a free call to speak to one of our team members (who are also alumni) at a time that works for you!