Government offers a helping post-COVID-19 hand to the fitness industry!
The Government just announced they would fund a competition supporting the tourism and fitness industries called ‘I’m a Fit Tourist’. In more good news, it’s set to help people get healthier and fitter and improve mental health!
The way it rolls
For every 5 x face-face visits, of 20 minutes or more, that someone has with a personal trainer or a group fitness instructor, between now and December 20th, that person will receive one entry into the ‘I’m A Fit Tourist’ draw. And the prize? An all expenses paid, 14 day road trip to all the local hot spots within 3000 km of your home town. Additional draw prizes include a 1 year memberships at the winner’s local gym or a 50 fully paid for sessions with their trainer!
That’s not true.
I wish it were.
Maybe the Tourism board or Fitness Australia or some other can-make-it-happen-entity will read this and make it true.
This is definitely the time when we need more ideas promoting those in this industry and as well as helping others to embark on the road to being healthy and fit. So over the past few months, I’ve tossed out a few ideas, as I know many others have, to help this happen and here is another one.
This one is designed to help promote Personal Trainers and Group Fitness instructors in Australia and New Zealand. There’s no charge for anyone who wants to get involved and I’ll do the leg work. No promises it will fly, but I have done weirder things that have.
The grand plan
- I am going to approach workplaces and publications with lists of healthy, fitness snippets/tips for them to use in their own publications, on their website and emails etc.
- It will be free for them to download/access those snippets.
- They can use any snippet on the proviso they also mention at the very least; the full name of the exercise professional that provided it and that they are registered.
For some of those workplaces and publications, I really hope having a healthy tip will become a regular new feature of the material they forward to their staff, customers and clients, regardless of what industry they are in. For others, I hope it replaces their use of clickbait ‘health’ articles and online workouts from dubious sources.
How to get involved
To get published, email me the following:
- Up to three healthy, fitness snippets
- Your full name
- Your fame name or nickname (optional)
- A headshot of you smiling (optional but cool)
- Your website address
- Your location – either broadly (country) or specifically (town/suburb)
- Which industry body you are registered with, i.e. AusREPs, REPsNZ or ESSA
What to include:
- Your healthy, fitness ‘snippets’ should be no more than 200 words, but as few as 20 words is also fine. Some end users may only have room, or like, very short tips. Others will be sweet with longer efforts.
- You can come at it any way you like, for example; a quote, a funny story, an amazing statistic, a useful tip. More examples further below.
- If you specialize in an area, for example pelvic floor, seniors, chronic conditions, new mums, Yoga, Crossfit, Zumba, etc., feel encouraged to focus on that area.
- No pictures will be included with the snippets, so no need to hunt any down for inclusion.
Things to steer clear of:
- Steer clear of giving specific technique cues on exercises. The idea is that for technique guidance, people see fit pros, face-to-face. This will also avoid what could be multiple conflicting versions that different pros may come out with.
- Steer clear of nutritional tips beyond what is mainstream acceptable. Stay within scope.
- Other than a link to your website, no links. Just provide the full name of the book, the show, the article, etc., of anything you are referencing.
Your ‘Get Published’ ideas don’t have to be in a format like these below. Ooze youness. Know also that a great tip can be flavoured in endless ways. Lots of you may recommend staying hydrated, and I may include all of them, because each of you will say it differently, using different examples, stats etc.
1. Not sleeping too flash? Feeling a bit down? Maybe you need some rays.
Studies have shown lack of sun exposure significantly impacts our sleep and mood. To combat this, take off your sunglasses and get out for a walk in the sun each day. In summer this may be for just 10 minutes a day but in winter, particularly if you are further south or have darker skin, aim for 30 minutes a day with the sun able to hit 30% of your skin. An outdoor exercise class would be perfect! Those with severe insomnia may well benefit from up to 2 hours of exposure. If that’s you, talk to your doctor about the use of bright light exposure. Apenisa Smith (Smithy). Outdoor Group Fitness Instructor. REPs registered.
2. A good laugh can lighten our burdens, connect us with others and provide us with profound health benefits.
In the book, ‘A Better Brain at Any Age’ author Sondra Kornblatt explains that laughter relieves pain by helping the pituitary gland to release its own pain-suppressing opiates.
Even if we’re not in pain, laughter strengthens our immunity system and helps us to sleep better, concentrate as well as lose weight. Giggle away for just 15 minutes a day, and you could burn off two kilograms over the next year!
Greek physicians were so sure of the benefits of laughter that they sent patients to the hall of comedians to be entertained as part of the healing process.
In the 7 minutes Ted Talk by Ron Gutman on smiling and happiness, we find out that those with a beaming smile live almost 5 years longer than those who slightly smile! Minjarra Smith. (Smiley) Accredited Exercise Physiologist
3. I also don’t mind if you quote someone else. For example, you could send something like this to me.
One of my favourite quotes is “If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.” Bret Contreras said that. He’s a sports scientist. As registered exercise professionals, we stay up-skilled with the work of exercise scientists like Bret and we know what it takes to train safely to be strong” Arani Smith (Rocky). REPs Personal Trainer.
My promise to you
I promise to give this ‘Get Published’ idea a good shot. That’s pretty much it. There’s no promise I’ll use what you send in (but I’ll try to) and there’s no guarantee that if I do include it, that it will get used by any of the workplaces or publications, or that you will get any more business because of it.
But at the very least I hope it shines a light on more of us, puts more faces to facts and encourages all business to share regular healthy tips to people in their world and maybe someone might call you and ask you to do regular stuff for them.
In good news, I have an okay track record of getting things published, of my own and other trainers, and I do have a workplace wellness website which I’ll be promoting them on. If your snippets are included, I’ll send you a copy so you can forward it to anyone you want to as well and regardless, I’ll update you with how it all rolls.
Q: What countries will you be promoting these lists in?
A: Australia and New Zealand.
Q: Will you use the same lists for all states in Australia?
A: At this stage, yes. I will use the same lists for both Australia and NZ
Q: Is there a form I use?
A: Nope. Just email me – email@example.com
Q: Can I send in more than one?
A: Sure. Awesome. Maybe limit yourself to sending a max of three at this stage.
Q: I don’t have a website
A: I can’t use yours until you do, but in good news, it’ll only take you an hour to throw one together thanks to WIX.
Bet I’ve missed out some other crucial info from this Get Published idea haven’t I? Flick me an email if yes Broni – firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer quickly and come back and fill any gaps here as need be.