10 Reasons Why Health and Fitness Programs Are Beneficial to You and Your Employees!

With the current trend of getting in shape and eating better comes the concept of having a healthy workforce. The quality of our employees determines the quality of the company.You may think that you can’t afford to have a health and fitness program for your office, but when you look at what we have to say, you may actually see that you can’t afford not to!Why is it so important to have healthy employees and what will it do for your bottom line?#1 Healthy employees have more energy.
And while you may think that does not matter, think about what happens to so many people when their energy wanes. They sit and stare at their desk and when someone walks by, they pretend to be working. When your employee has energy, they are more productive and can get more work done in the day! Not to mention how good they feel when they are being productive!#2 Healthy employees take less time off for being sick.
Exercising keeps our whole body functioning better so we are less likely to get sick physically. In addition to that, people who exercise more have a better mindset, which leads to less sick days due to “mental health”. The healthier the person is, the less health care costs. And I am sure we would all like to save money there!#3 The healthy habits employees are learning are usually carried over into home life.
And while you may think this is irrelevant, how many times have employees not come into work because they were taking care of a sick family member? The healthier your employee and their family is the less often they miss work.#4 Healthy employees are more confident.
This leads to a job better done, and they spend less time waiting to get an answer on every little thing that could have been done already. They take on more challenges and are generally higher producers. This trait is contagious around the office too, inspiring others to follow suit. You wind up having more people for leadership roles due to the confidence they have!#5 Owners who help their employees to create a healthy lifestyle, tend to be more loyal to the company.
When you take an interest in your employees well-being they tend to be happier where they are. This means less wasted money training new people and less time wasted waiting for that person to get to the proficiency level of the old employee.#6 Fitness minded people tend to be goal setters.
Therefore, these tendencies are brought into all other areas of their lives, including the work place. When someone sets goals they are much more likely to accomplish much more than the average employee. Knowing how to set goals and the steps that each goal can take is a great tool!#7 Healthy employees tend to be able to handle stress and high pressure situations much better than the average person.
Exercise can be a great way to let go of tension and keep you focused on the solution. This also affects happiness of the employee. When we work out, we release endorphins into our system which makes us feel good. We also have higher levels of serotonin from regular workouts, making us happy and more emotionally stable.#8 When you have an office health and fitness program, you create more camaraderie with the all the employees.
When everyone gets to work on something together they create a bond. When you have more relationships throughout the work place you also have employees that are more likely to stick around longer and are happier to come into work everyday!#9 The physical appearance of your employees says a lot about your company.
Look around and ask what your employees say about your company image. When you have overweight, unhealthy, tired employees it shows in everything that your company does. When you have healthy, happy, energetic employees, you have people that would like to do business with you more and you wind up having more people that are wanting to work with you. Having a steady stream of people that are waiting to get into your business can be a great thing!#10 The motivational tactics learned in health and fitness workshops are many times cross over skills that can be used on their business issues that arise.
In fitness we are taught that it is not about the problem, but about the solution. What people don’t realize when they are learning this is that they are changing every other aspect of their lives as well with this one power technique of looking for the solution.There are so many benefits to health and fitness in the work place, These are just a few. Your employees are worth it and your bottom line is worth it. LIVE FULL OUT!

Turning the Internet into a Free Yellow Page Listing for Your Health and Fitness Business

Online search activity rose thirty-nine percent last year to hit an all-time high of 5.7 billion searches, according to Nielsen Netratings, the global leader in Internet market research. Studies have also discovered that searchers are using the Internet as their global and local “yellow pages”. Whether they are searching for the latest movie times, a good Moroccan restaurant, a nearby health spa or a fitness center in their city, fewer and fewer people are picking up the big yellow book and spending fifteen minutes trying to find your listing.Instead, they have a permanently-connected broadband link to Google, Yahoo, MSN or their favorite local search portal, and within seconds they have typed in something like “Denver health spa” or “North Seattle chiropractor,” received thousands or millions of results, and scanned the first few until one catches their eye.Many business owners in the health and fitness industry think it is good enough to put up a web site and print the URL on their business card. They have no idea that thousands or millions of other web sites are competing for the same terms (usually product/service+location) or that, without being properly optimized, their web site is destined to sit in the darkest corners of cyberspace. If the purpose of the site is to act as an online brochure, sort of a convenience for those who already know about your business, then it doesn’t need to rank high on the search engines.However, if your web site is meant to bring in sales, leads, news clients, members… what good is it doing way back on page 55 of Google for your best search terms? If you run a fitness center, shouldn’t you be on the first page (or at least the first few pages) for “Your City Fitness Center” or “Your City Gym”? The same goes for all local businesses, from chiropractors to martial arts schools and health spas.But it doesn’t have to be local either. What if you manufacture fitness equipment, or produce a health supplement and want to market your products nationwide or globally? The same principal applies – either you compete for those key terms or you sit back in the corner and throw money away on hosting and web site design, never to obtain a positive return on investment.Now that you know “something” needs to be done, let’s discuss what that “something” is. It goes by the name Search Engine Optimization – SEO, for short. Search engine optimization is a mixture of Internet marketing, web site design, copywriting, PR, coding and other factors with the solitary goal of getting your web site to show up better on search engines for a certain group of keywords and phrases.Professional search engine optimizers study the algorithms patented by major search engines to determine how each determines how to rank a web site. Google alone looks at over 200 factors when choosing where to place a web site on its result page for a search! Lucky for you there are firms out there dedicated to staying on top of the latest SEO strategies. Just be sure to choose the right one, because not all search engine optimizers are created equal.

Is a Health and Fitness Joint Venture in Your Destiny?

Health and fitness product creators have a habit of working by themselves. This is not unusual, and may be partly due to the fact that many of them get their start offline working directly with their clients to help them meet their health and fitness goals. But eventually it dawns on the product creator that they may be able to significantly expand their business by taking their product online and reaching out to the huge consumer base that it represents.It is usually at this point that they get a bit of a shock and discover that working online is a whole lot different than working offline. Instead of the one-on-one interaction that they are used to dealing with when meeting with their clients, now they are broadcasting into the void and often finding that the void is not responding. The internet, they discover, can be a lonely place for a health and fitness marketer.Whereas offline they may have built up a client base that trusts them, when they go online they are effectively starting over from scratch. Now they have to prove their worth all over again, one customer at a time. For many, it is enough to drive them offline again. The thought of having to master article writing, web site building, and the art of site monetization are enough to make one wonder whether it is all worth the effort.But it need not be as difficult to pull off as you might imagine. Not if you can find the right people to help guide you. Perhaps even the right people to take some of the work off your hands in exchange for a piece of the pie. Sure, you can pay people to do the work for you if you can afford it. But many cannot afford to go that route, and instead they look more closely at the idea of joint ventures. The joint venture, or JV, is a collaboration of two or more parties who share the workload of a project, preferring to concentrate on just that part of the work that they are able to do more easily, either because they have the experience, or because they have the natural talent for the work.The joint venture can achieve what the work of a single party cannot achieve on its own.So, if you are an exercise video producer who has no trouble creating good exercise videos, but you are terrible when it comes to putting together a website that can actually convince people to buy the videos, then a joint venture might be the way forward. You might think that you can simply outsource the design work, but the reality is that if you work with someone who has experience in the niche that you are selling to, your likelihood of success will be a good deal higher.This means that you may want to try to team up with someone in the same exercise niche as yourself, but who might be marketing a completely different product – exercise clothing, for example, or an information product that relates to losing weight through the same exercises that appear in your own videos. If the other party already knows how to build a web site and get clients, but they have never had any experience producing video, then a joint venture between the two of you might make sense. You can each achieve something that neither party might have succeeded with alone.This is the idea behind Carolyn Hansen’s joint venture membership database for vendors in the health and fitness industry. If you would like to learn more about joint ventures in this area, and get to know other health and fitness professionals, get yourself across to Carolyn’s site and join up today. Admission is free.