Those who follow Internet trends have probably heard of Twitter (www.twitter.com) or are already using it. If not, it might be worth your time to find out about this cleverly named service. Launched in 2006, Twitter is described on its site as “a service [to enable] friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
If you’re sending motivating messages to clients via cell phone short-message service (SMS), keep it up. A research review of studies, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2009; 36 , 165–73), noted that SMS-delivered interventions have positive short-term behavioral results.
Researchers from the School
of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Australia, found 14 studies that had evaluated SMS
If you have an iPhone, it might be time to give it a healthy upgrade. iTMP Technology Inc., a hardware and software developer for iPhone, has created new technology that allows the iPhone or iPod touch to act as a heart rate and fitness activity monitor. Dubbed SMHEART LINK™, the device acts as a “wireless bridge that collects data from distributed health and fitness sensors such as heart rate monitors and cycling sensors and sends it to the iPhone via Wi-Fi.” Users can then upload collected information onto various health and fitness tracking websites.
Whether you’d like to increase exposure in your community or network with possible clients, teleseminars are fast becoming the go-to way for professionals to share their knowledge. “Teleseminars have been an integral part of my marketing and value-added client services for years,” says Tom Terwilliger, IDEA presenter and president of Coaching Leadership Excellence in Westminster, Colorado.
Last year, when we surveyed IDEA readers about the types of content they wanted to see more of, one of the top answers was women’s health issues. And it’s no wonder: most fitness clients (whether you look at personal training or facility memberships) are female, according to the annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Surveys. As you know from your professional perspective, these women have a lot of questions about their fitness and wellness—and they don’t hesitate to ask.
Imagine sending a short, preworkout motivational note to a client without seeing, texting or calling him. What if you could find new boot-camp ideas from top trainers around the world without ever doing a keyword search on Google? Imagine developing genuine relationships with industry colleagues, having never met or e-mailed them. Now envision doing all of these simultaneously on a free, Web-based platform in no more than 140 characters.
Continued financial stress and belt-tightening have led health- and fitness–conscious consumers to take greater advantage of free online resources, states Jas Singh, founder and chief
executive officer of Slimtree.com, an online company
offering free access to health and wellness programming. Approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million are obese and 9 million are extremely obese (www.obesityinamerica.org). “Additionally,” says Singh,