Ha, great question! I try not to talk politics with my clients, but since I have known some of them over 20 years (and most over 10), it has come up. I try to remain neutral as much as possible. When directly asked I will tell my opinion. I have made some factual corrections, especially when they pertain to women’s health which unfortunately is a political issue these days.
Yes, I discuss politics with some clients. I approach it like any other professional situation- sometimes it’s appropriate & sometimes it’s not. I don’t include personal beliefs about anything until I’ve gotten to know a person, so newer clients are usually a no-go. Many of my long-term clients know me better than my extended family members so I figure politics, religion & the like are just par for the course. If it seems like it could get someone upset then I keep it to myself, but why shouldn’t adults discuss these things openly? I like to exercise my freedom of speech as well as my muscles!
Unless I can share how the politician/party is an advocate for health and fitness (endorsing health programs, fighting childhood obesity, etc.), then I just listen if the client brings it up. This helps to establish credibility in my role as a fitness professional, while showing a healthy respect for everyone’s viewpoints.
Ultimately, no matter the relationship, conversation topics should eventually tie into ‘all things fitness.’ When sharing ideas in newsletters or on social sites, the same guidelines should apply.