Whether you like it or not, love is in the air.  Pink and red decorate shopping malls and restaurants.  Cute cuddly bears and delicious treats are everywhere.  Transform this holiday theme into a discussion about health.  Start with yourself and then talk with the people you coach.

Decorate your business

Aside from the warm fuzzies that a romantic Valentines Day date can bring, there are other ways to care for the the most amorous muscle in the body.  February is a great month to promote heart health, what it means and how to achieve it.  Eating better, exercising the heart and lowering stress are just a few places to begin the conversation.  It might sound cheesy, but it works.  It’s also a great time for heart rate and blood pressure checks. Themes are a great way to invigorate your training community!

Speaking of stress… 

If you or someone you work with are looking for more love in life, there is a connection to take note of.  Exercise is a great way to lower stress, when executed properly.  Too much exercise can actually increase it.  When achieved, decreased stress makes people more lovable and also more loving.  The right amount of exercise also increases endorphins, which naturally makes people feel better and as a result more attractive to those around them.Healthy Heart

Love starved

Let’s make sure exercise is helping this goal and not hurting it.  Working out too much can be a detriment to relationships.  Are you exercising obsessively and not paying enough attention to your partner?  It’s a good time to re-evaluate the balance between all parts of your life.  Being fit can leave a person feeling drained and moody when it’s over-done.  Getting enough rest and proper nutrition is important.  Use this time of year to get those you care about involved with healthier habits.

  1. Cook a nutritious meal with someone special
  2. Plan a work out you can do together
  3. Set aside time to relax without any devices interrupting

Body Image

Many people in the fitness industry are busy trying to change their body day in and day out.  Those that look up to them are usually aspiring to similar goals.  It’s healthy to pause and appreciate the body instead of constantly trying to alter it.  Take a break from being critical and encourage the people you coach to do the same.  Love what you’ve got and find ways to appreciate it.  This applies to many aspects of life.

Spread the love

Some people might use Valentines Day and the month of love as motivation to get in shape, while others could benefit from taking a step back and finding satisfaction with themselves.  As a fitness leader, you can help people recognize where they are and where they want to go.  Self love, romantic love and community love are are all important.

What will you focus on for yourself this month?

How will you promote health through love this month?

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Beverly Hosford

Beverly Hosford, MA teaches anatomy and body awareness using a skeleton named Andy, balloons, play-doh, ribbons, guided visualizations, and corrective exercises. She is an instructor, author, and a business coach for fitness professionals. Learn how to help your clients sleep better with in Bev’s NFPT Sleep Coach Program and dive deeper into anatomy in her NFPT Fundamentals of Anatomy Course.