You’re doing great. You look good and feel good.
It took a lot of hard work to get where you are now regarding your health and fitness. You deserve the benefits of your commitment, and you should be proud of your achievements.
But what’s next? Apart from continuing to work on your fitness, wouldn’t it be nice to share the gospel of health with others, too? Help others along their own fitness journey?
The great thing about this is that, in helping others, you might end up finding a new calling for yourself. Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
We live in the age of content. Anyone, anywhere, has the opportunity to be an influencer, and the power to do so is literally at their fingertips. You have your food vloggers, makeup tutorial influencers, restoration video stars…the list goes on. Name a topic, and there’s probably an influencer for it.
Fitness is actually one of the more popular vlog topics. You might think that it’s a crowded space to get into, but the truth is, the secret to succeeding in social media isn’t just your topic but also how you style and package your content. Some like to use humor, or unique videography, or a hybrid of two or more topics. Your best bet is to think of an out-of-the-box way of talking about fitness, then own it.
If you’re already on social media, then you’re probably already doing this anyway. You need to be more conscious and consistent with your fitness “brand.” Otherwise, now is a great time to open an account and explore the world of social media and what it can offer you.
Start a club
If launching your own social media channel seems too big too soon, then maybe you can start small at a local community level first.
If you live in an apartment complex, you can start a fitness club for you and your neighbors. It doesn’t have to be anything formal or serious. It could just be a way for you to share your passion for fitness with other members of your community who are looking for help and inspiration.
You can hold bi-weekly Zumba sessions, a monthly trail run, or even a daily morning yoga call. If there is no wide outdoor space for you and your club mates to exercise from a physical distance, you can offer to hold the sessions on Zoom.
It’s also a great way to socialize and get to know your neighbors. Just make sure you do so safely, especially if not everyone in your community is vaccinated from COVID yet.
Build a team
Getting into sports has so many emotional and physical benefits, and you can maximize these when introduced during a child’s formative years. Your role as an adult is to facilitate this.
Maybe you can volunteer to be a coach of a local softball team, or maybe you can gather the kids in your neighborhood and teach them how to kick a ball. Being a certified coach is an entirely different matter, so keep it fun and casual, and choose a sport that you have some background in.
One of the best ways to help others with their fitness is to get them to start early–like childhood early. Just make sure you have their parent or guardian’s permission and that you put their safety as the priority.
The ultimate way to spread the message of health and fitness is by making it official–get a certification.
You’ve learned a lot about your own personal health throughout your fitness journey, so now would be a great time to take your learning to the next level. Enroll in training programs and courses from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and you might find your new calling to become a fitness trainer or nutrition coach.
If you’re already a certified trainer, you can get your NASM recertification by taking continuing education courses to update your knowledge and skills. Just as your fitness has been a journey, your education is a continuing process, too.
These are just some ideas on how you can channel your passion for fitness into something bigger than yourself. The great thing about helping others along their own fitness journey is that, in so doing, you are also supplementing and complementing your own journey. You might find that even more gratifying than seeing your gains is witnessing the achievement of others and your contribution to it.