IMO, the high hanging fruit will never enter the gym. If we want to help them, we will need to seek them out, AND prove very quickly that small changes to their routine can make big changes to the way they feel.
I’m just starting to explore workplace wellness, at the suggestion of a client whose workplace is implementing such a program. I have a few very simple, teachable, things that I show people that improves the way they feel while they’re sitting at their desks. Trust building. Simple acts that lead to easy success, which builds body confidence and increases trust in me. One little step at a time. I tell people, “We have our whole lives to work on this. Just do a little bit today. And those little bits add up to a lot.”
I like Nancy’s comment about demonstrating quickly about small changes.
I had an opportunity the other day to speak to about 50 people (all over 70) about exercise. A quick survey showed that most of them did not move much at all. I called the talk “On Moving, MELTing and Sitting Still”. Even though a MELT demo for the hands was part of it, I also included a hip mobilization which I had picked up from Pete McCall at a conference. This took about 5 minutes to do but I had included a ‘before and after’ ROM assessment. Predictably, after 5 minutes of swinging the hips as far as they would go, range of motion had increased to a general murmur of WHOA! I had handouts prepared for everybody so that they could take home the instructions on how to do it.
Will they do it? I have no idea but I am pretty sure that some of them will, and that little first step may be the starting point for another.