1. What is an eco-friendly fitness training and diet planning business?
Fitness trainers help people achieve personal health objectives. Adding diet planning can help those people achieve their goals more quickly and holistically. In this case, diet planning should help a person achieve their fitness goals through the introduction of organic and low carbon footprint foods, which tend to be healthier for the client as well as for the planet (i.e., cheeseburgers purchased at chain restaurants are both bad for the planet and bad for one’s personal fitness goals…sometimes people just need an expert like you to point that out to them). Through both training and diet planning, you can help people lose weight and become healthier, key components of their own personal carbon footprint.
According to Paul Zane Pilzer, economist and author of The Wellness Revolution, this industry is fast growing and has yet to even hit its stride. Pilzer surmises that in 2010, Americans will spend $1 TRILLION dollars on “products and services that keep us healthy, make us look or feel better, slow down the effects of aging, and prevent diseases from developing altogether.” You’ll notice in the quote that all of those things are very heavily tied to sustainability. Drinking more water, eating more veggies, working out, and taking a proactive stance on management of your health are all aspects of personal sustainability that leads to environmental sustainability. Your job as a training pro is to help people accomplish their own goals, and align them with goals for global sustainability.
2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?
There are certifications for personal training. One of the industry leaders is the National Association for Sports Medicine, though there are many others. You can also become a Certified Clinical Nutritionist through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. Both certifications will add credibility to your practice.
3. How much money is required to start?
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4. What is the income potential?
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5. What is the best location for an eco-friendly fitness training and diet planning service?
Urban (good), semi-urban (very good), suburbs (best), rural (fair/poor).
6. Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):
Do you enjoy helping people help themselves?
Do you have a passion for healthy living?
Do you have a contagious passion for fitness and nutrition and an upbeat personality that makes other people want to be fit, too?
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