The members of the health and fitness industry are activists for healthy lifestyles—around the clock, and across the globe. The passion, energy, and professionalism that they bring to bear to help people improve their lives know no boundaries.
However, there’s still much work to do.
According to a study published last year in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, less than 3% of Americans—we repeat, less than 3%—meet the basic qualifications required for a “healthy lifestyle.”
What does it take to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
It’s an important question to ask.
The average individual may believe all that’s required is to work out regularly and to eat intelligently. If that’s the extent of their understanding, then they’re missing out. Experts now agree that three essential pillars are required for lifestyle success. The third pillar is sleep— enough sleep, and quality sleep.
If, as a health and fitness provider, you’re not thinking about sleep—you’re not thinking about your members.
Earlier this year, Brent Gallagher, the owner of the Avenu Fitness & Lifestyle Studio, in Houston, TX, described sleep as the one issue that “no one in the industry seems to be talking about.”
“If we’re really going to transform the communities we serve, we have to position sleep as the No. 1 priority for people who want to be fit, lose weight, and simply feel good day in and day out,” he said.