To really learn what it means to be fit, healthy, and happy, you need to look deep. Becoming a fitness advocate isn’t a simple task. You need to do your research, find what works, apply new methods.
It all takes a lot of work and it shouldn’t be a surprise that many people who go down that rabbit hole get pretty well informed. Most of them make their health more than an interest but a lifestyle.
But those people often want to go a step further. They want others to see the same things they do and make the positive steps to change their life that they have.
How To Become A Fitness Advocate
If you’re feeling the urge to start spreading the gospel, what’s the way to do it? Become a fitness advocate! And here’s what you need to know before doing it:
1. Know Your Stuff
It only makes sense that you should turn your practical knowledge into something that has a little more weight.
Fitness and wellbeing aren’t just important; they’re part of a growing market. For that reason, it should be no surprise that there’s plenty of further education available that can gear you to become a more informed advocate.
If you have a Physical Education Master Degree to show alongside the knowledge you’re dropping on people, you’re much more likely to be taken at face value.
Becoming a physical education teacher can also help you access those who need your advice the most. Young people who could really do with starting their healthy habits now rather than later.
For some people, the best changes they can make are those they make in a one-on-one capacity.
When you’re working personally with someone, it’s a lot easier to see your methods work and how they help improve someone over time.
You’re not worrying as much about clients because you tend to see them more regularly. There are a few different paths that follow from this route, but two of the most useful are physical therapists and personal trainers.
They require different routes in your training and education and they both fulfil very different needs to the people they work with. But if you want to get hands-on with your teachings, those are the ways to go.
3. Get Online
There’s a growing market for more than just people helping to educate in person. There’s also a growing blogosphere of health advice.
Often, that advice isn’t great, so having one of the more informed voices out there joining in in the fight against misinformation is always going to be welcome.
Through blogging and sharing your expertise, you can build a brand as a health expert that could lead on to working as a consultant for individuals or companies.
You can also write a book or an eBook that contains a more in-depth approach to the wisdom you share online.
You might also get sent products from the various health and well-being industries. If so, you’re in a powerful position to help people find an informed opinion on what options are going to really work for them.
4. Get Digital
You don’t have to stick to blogging, either. Nowadays, the mobile devices we carry in our pockets are filling in for and replacing personal trainers more and more.
There are a lot of apps already out there dedicated to different exercise routines, long-term plans, diets, and so on. Spotting a niche in the fitness app market might be harder now than it was a few years ago.
However, if you have a personal approach to teaching healthy habits, it’s worth seeing if there are apps covering it. If there aren’t, you could fill that space.
If there are, take a closer look and see if you can offer something better than what’s already there.
5. Support Good Work
It doesn’t matter what profession you go into. Having some kind of presence and say both online and in the real world can be used for good.
For instance, rather than offering your own expertise, you should share the experiences you’ve had over the year. Figure out who the best influential figures in the world fitness are, who the best health bloggers are, and help to spread their message.
If you don’t have anything original to say, then make sure the person who said it first and best is heard by others. That way, even those who aren’t in a health profession can help others find legitimate information and advice.
Without some expertise to back you up, your attempts to become a fitness advocate are going to be either ill-informed, or simply not taken seriously. If you want to make a difference, you have to put in the work.