“Be the change you wish to see in this world”. It’s a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, but how can it apply to UK fitness lovers in the 21st Century?
Many of us are now getting caught up in the Olympics buzz and getting behind Team GB (or whatever country we hail from). But such a keen focus on athleticism can also highlight the general need to promote fitness to those who might struggle to motivate themselves out of a sedentary existence.
Of course, most of us know that eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly will help stave off nasty diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver disease, but some of us need an external push to make those changes.
If you’re into fitness and want to help spread the message, take Gandhi’s advice and become a role model for others to follow. Here are some steps you can take:
1. Set up a Fitness Group
Gandhi attracted a huge international following, but you could just start small – with your own community. Find a place to meet up (perhaps a church or a community centre) and invite people you know to join you in a run, bike ride or other fitness pursuit. By choosing a regular time and place you will be helping to create a routine which others can follow. As people get to know one another, your group will become a source of motivation and support.
2. Share Your Story
Facts tell but stories sell! If you want to encourage others to follow in your shoes, let them know what fitness has done for you. Whether you’ve trimmed five inches off your waist, dropped two dress sizes or developed a six-pack, remind them that every journey starts with a single step. Share the heartache as well as the joy, helping to create a connection that lasts through periods of struggle. The more colourful your story, the more likely people will be to remember it.
3. Make Fitness Your Life
The ultimate way to educate others about the benefits of fitness is to start turning your hobby into your career. There are so many paths available for the aspiring fitness and lifestyle pro, including:
- Personal Trainer (one of the fastest growing professions)
- Fitness/Gym Instructor
- ETM/Aerobics Instructor
- Wellness Trainer
- Fitness Advisor
- Nutrition Specialist
- Pilates’ or Yoga Teacher
- Street Fit® Instructor
If you look around, you will see that there are many companies offering diplomas and certificates, including NVQs and NVQ Diplomas. Ideally, you should find a course that is REPS accredited, so that you can prove to prospective employers that your skills meet the National Occupational Standards.
Just like our Olympic athletes, you know that keeping active gives you a wealth of benefits from increased energy and self-esteem to a trimmer, slimmer physique. Now its time to spread the message and get Britain moving!
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