This Run Lift Mom podcast episode is with Wendy Kleinke and answers the question, “why is community important in fitness?”
Who is Wendy?
Wendy Kleinke has been involved in Health and Fitness since 2006. She has worked in a variety of roles including cardiac research, member services, and personal training.
She has worked within corporate wellness facilities, non profit organizations, for profit organizations as well as running her own business.
She now offers business consulting services for fitness facilities and professionals with the aim of creating highly engaged communities and resulting in thriving businesses.
Wendy believes exercise is for everyone and fitness professionals have a duty to be educating others in that and creating a space based for others, based on their own passion and love for health, fitness and wellness.
The social benefits of working out with others is also extremely important to Wendy, as you’ll hear in the episode. Building a sense of community while exercising helps with adherence and happiness and creates a sense of belonging.
1:00 new sponsor: Factor meal service 2:00 introduction to Wendy, 15 years off industry experience 3:00 why modeling healthy fitness behavior is important 4:30 how fitness strengthens marriages and relationships 6:00 small group training versus fitness classes 8:00 gym shyness and how to avoid
On community in fitness
Did you know that the happiest people are those who engage with other people?
Findings from a recent Gallup-Healthways Happiness-Stress Index found that people who had face to face contact with people for up 6 to 7 hours a day where far happier than does who didn’t.
By nature, we are social creatures, so it makes sense that connections with other people are central to our happiness.
So why are people turning to group fitness (virtually or face to face) instead of working out individually?
The answer lies in the sense of community and increased long term adherence that is generated from working out in a group, which Wendy discusses in this interview.
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Connect with Wendy
She’s most active on LinkedIn, where she helps other fitness professionals network and provides mastermind style advice and coaching.
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