Revamp Workplace Wellness

The CDC reports that 90% of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. People who don’t exercise, eat poorly and practice unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and suffer the associated health consequences cost the USA a lot of money.

The CDC quantifies exactly how much greater the annual health care costs are for people with certain risk factors and the results are startling and should convince employers and insurance companies to immediately initiate and reward Corporate Workplace Wellness programs.

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Start a Challenge. Inspire Your Community.

Last week we saw August 20, 2020 and seeing all those 20s, I was inspired to start a 20/20/20 challenge.

The goal is to inspire people to do 20 workouts for 20 minutes for 20 days. So yes, 20 minutes of any type of movement every day for at least 20 days starting TODAY or ASAP!

Here’s the video I posted explaining the challenge to our clients:

Many of your clients may be able to easily achieve this so try inspiring them to connect with at least one person they love who could benefit from 20 minutes of activity everyday. Help your clients make 2020 the ‘kick in the butt’ year that they may need to start making their health a priority.

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Fight 4 Fitness

Who would have ever thought that fitness organizations would be struggling to survive during a health crisis when our communities need us now more than ever?!

My facility is located in Washington state and we have created a Washington Fitness Alliance with hundreds of Washington clubs, Sports and Recreation Centers and fitness professionals. Our goal is to have a united voice when speaking to our Governor and his task force to assure our needs can be represented effectively.

If you are not in the state of Washington, I would encourage you to create a similar type of alliance in your state or province if one does not currently exist.

If you are located in Washington state, please join our alliance (it’s free) and like our Facebook page for regular updates and communication.

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Navigating The Face Mask Question At Your Fitness Facility

Restrictions, messaging and compliance surrounding face masks has been less than consistent across the country. Some fitness facilities don’t require a mask at all, some only when you are checking in and out or when you are in common areas and can’t maintain 6 feet distance, and others require them at all times, even during exercise.

As a fitness business owner I have been doing my best to keep up with the regulations and recommendations in our state and what other fitness organizations are doing across the country. This topic is ever changing and evolving, as most things are currently in our world! Because of this, we have had to remain willing to adapt and change our policies.

I recently wrote a blog post about whether or not clients should wear face masks while exercising. I cover the possible effects of wearing a face mask while exercising and some of the face mask options that may be best for exercise.

Currently, in the state of Washington, we are allowed to remove our masks during exercise as long as we can maintain 6 feet distance from others.

Recommendations and regulations continue to evolve and I am in regular communication with our Governor’s office to assure we have all the up-to-date current information and can better navigate how we answer the “mask” question with our clients.

As it is with all fitness business owners and managers….the health and safety of our clients and staff is my top priority. Since there has been more and more emphasis put on wearing masks, but many have a hard time tolerating wearing cloth face masks during exercise, I decided to go to the source and ask our governor’s office their recommendation for Face Shields (plastic shields) and whether they would be appropriate usage for our clients and team members and here was the response we received.

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Should Clients Wear Masks While Exercising?

Many governors across the country have mandated masks to be worn in all indoor, public locations to help stop the spread of Covid-19. That leads many of us to ask whether or not there are any safety risks associated with exercising with a mask on.

As fitness professionals we should have a response ready when our clients ask this question, but what should we tell them?

Since many academic institutions are currently closed, large scale experiments are not feasible to effectively test usage of various types of masks during exercise and how it affects the user. It is also very difficult to effectively test and examine the spread of Covid-19 in the current conditions and control for all variables. As a result, the information and guidelines being released seem to change daily as we learn more about the virus. Try to be patient (and ask your clients to be patient) with the inconsistencies in guidelines – the world has only been studying this strain for 6 months!

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Do You Have a Re-Opening Protocol?

Gyms and Fitness Facilities are re-opening all around the country and the world. Here at Northwest Personal Training we have planning for and anxiously waiting for this day to come! We were able to officially opened on Monday June 8th.

We knew we would need to take the appropriate measures to ensure that our studio was safe, clean and inviting for those of our clients who are ready to come back. We created a COVID-19 re-opening protocol that we have shared with our staff, clients and potential new clients.

Our protocol reminds our clients that….. “the health and fitness of our clients and staff is our top priority. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, we are constantly monitoring the updates to assure we are taking steps to keep everyone healthy.”

 

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Help Kids Stay Active & Happy

Kids are missing their friends, teachers and social life. They hear the scary news broadcasts. They listen to adult conversations and can assume the gravity of the situation. Bottom line – they are anxious and experiencing stress at a high level whether they understand that or not. Just like their parents, they need a positive outlet to manage their emotions and to participate in things that make them feel good.


Many kids are stuck at home watching more TV and playing video games, which was a problem before COVID-19 surfaced. The temptation to sink into couch potato-land is a scary reality.

Stats to consider:

Children today are approximately 40% less active than they were 30 years ago

40% of children and teens are overweight enough to threaten their future health

40% of children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease and reduced fitness due to an inactive lifestyle

Children spend an average of 26 hours a week watching television and also spend 25-30 hours a week sitting behind a desk

 

The importance of physical strength, mental health, stress relief and maintaining a strong immune system are critical, now more than ever…..for adults and kids!

 

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6 Ways to Keep Clients Motivated

Gyms, yoga studios and pools are closed or slowly reopening. Running and Triathlon races cancelled. It is easy to understand why clients may start to lose their motivation to workout.

As fitness professionals, we all know that the key to maintaining a commitment is to remember the ‘WHY’. Ask your clients …Why do you work out? Why do you race? Remind them that when they dig deep into their motivation, they’ll find that COVID-19 should not affect their ability to stay the course, they may just need to use a different mode of ‘transportation’.

We shared these 6 ways to stay motivated with our clients. Share them with your clients as well.

Let’s keep clients healthy and strong and keep our fitness businesses afloat!

1. Goals

It’s important to remember that the virus has not cancelled your goals. Ask yourself why you exercise, train and race? Most likely you do it to improve your physical strength and endurance, mental health, weight management, stress release and to boost your immune system. Aren’t all of those things still important, and even more so now?

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Virtually Track Client Results

During this time where most of us are conducting virtual training sessions….tracking client results can be challenging. We encourage our clients to track their results in other ways than just looking at the numbers on the scale. Some ways for clients to track results at home is to regularly measure the major areas of the body, take before and after pictures, weigh themselves (but only once per week) and use a body fat scale (if available). 

Here is a video that I put together before social distancing and COVID-19. The video gives detailed instructions on how to measure major areas of the body etc. Go ahead and share this with your clients!

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Exercise Tools Clients Have At Home

Since our training studio has been closed for nearly a month due to COVID-19, I’ve been teaching a lot of virtual online classes and training sessions. It has definitely proven that you can train clients remotely!

There are literally hundreds of muscle and cardio exercises you can walk your clients through with absolutely no equipment whatsoever. Their bodies are the best machines!

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