5 Ways Your Gym Can Promote Heart Health
1. Provide a wide range of fitness opportunities
Cardio isn't the only way to get your heart pumping. Interval training, strength, and mid-body are all essential to a healthy heart. Offer a variety of options and classes like HIIT, yoga, and strength at varying levels so members can find something that is right for them.
2. Focus on nutrition
Exercise is only one part of heart health. A healthy diet low in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar is also critical. Educate your members by posting visuals, bringing in nutrition experts to give talks, or offering nutrition counseling at your club.
3. Provide some bonus health education
In addition to diet and exercise, awareness of medical risk factors like waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol can be pivotal. Clubs can include some of these metrics as part of their health risk assessment, or bring in an expert to do evaluations yearly.
4. Incorporate lessons around your club
There are opportunities all around your club to help members start practicing healthier habits. For example, if you have a café, consider offering options that fit into a heart-healthy diet, and mark them with an icon letting members know it’s a heart-healthy item.
5. Support a community event
Many organizations and hospitals raise money for heart disease awareness and research. Consider participating in an event—such as an American Heart Association Heart Walk—with your members to get them and your club more involved in the heart health community. This type of community event could also provide some bonus networking opportunities with the medical community.
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