The show kicked off by describing that consumers are realizing that fitness is broader than just physical exercise, and is inclusive of mental health and acuity. The top 3 extrinsic motivators to exercise from a recent IHRSA study included:
46% being active
35% mental well-being
32% weight loss
Darden added that weight loss traditionally has always been in that number one spot for a reason to exercise. A mind shift has occurred pushing up the benefits of being physically active, and people are more aware of how beneficial that is not only for their physical improvement but for their mental well-being as well.
Darden said two takeaways to keep in mind with this study are:
25% would like to be more active, and
to think about programming coming out of the COVID era.
People are redefining what it means to be physically active. “They're really looking at their mental well-being and just the overall benefits of being physically active,” he added.
The hosts moved on to the next topic and presented a video by SCW regarding mental health. It’s a timely video as Simone Biles stepped down from multiple gold medals at the Olympics.
Kooperman said Simone Biles was our hero and she stepped away. The dedication, the sacrifice, the focus, and her whole identity is brought in, and suddenly she walks away. Now how does this relate to our industry?
“We have to make tough decisions as owners and as personal trainers on whether to furlough employees, decisions to stay open, wear a mask or not if we require vaccinations or not,” Kooperman said.
Are we actually looking at the positive mental health choices Simone Biles is making? Kooperman shared a quote from Apollo Ohno where he said, “The mind is the greatest asset or the world's largest prison.”
“As athletes and facility owners, we’re the heroes. We are where we want to be, we've made it, and then suddenly, we have to step away. Where's the finish line? How do we rebuild?” asked Kooperman.
Her advice: Pay attention to decisions. Take time to make the right decision. Step in versus step out.
Darden added to the topic and said, “All of this translates in so many ways of life. Our work-life balance, how meaningful our careers are. We are rearranging priorities. It’s a very deep topic.”
McHaney led the hot topic around vaccinations and masking up. The experts shared a video from SCW and then McHaney asked, “do you follow the government mandates in regards to requiring vaccines and masks? Where's testing coming in?”