Fit for Good
Creating fitness opportunities for everyone
Welcome to the Fit for Good Online Community.
Fit for Good is an initiative of Australian Fitness Network that started as a fully-fledged charity foundation in early 2011. We did some great work in Fit for Good’s first two years, proving that there is a place for fitness businesses and professionals to reach out to Australians in need. Due to the high costs of running a charity, we decided in 2013 to transform into an online community – a place where the good work can continue, but at a local level.
The aim of the Fit for Good Online Community is to encourage fitness professionals and fitness businesses to reach out to those less fortunate with health and fitness initiatives AND for helping organisations to let us know what they need and how we can help them (via our facebook forum).
We believe that regular exercise and good health habits can help Australians in need rebuild their lives by lifting their fitness of mind, body and spirit. By creating local initiatives that lift the fitness and health of Australians in need, we, as an industry, are Fit for Good.
Fit for Good. Creating fitness opportunities for everyone.
What can you do?
Your first step is to find one or more community service organisations in your local area that might be interested in your help and support. We suggest you look for homeless shelters, drug and alcohol centres, centres that support women and children, unemployment centres or any other type of charitable organisation that you can think of. Not sure which organisations are in your community? Just type ‘charitable foundations’ or ‘community service organisations’ along with your suburb and state into your web browser. Once you find one or more organisations working to support Australians in need, simply touch base and let them know that you’d like to offer to support health and fitness initiatives in their services by doing things like:
Running a Sole for a Soul shoe campaign
Australians in need often greatly appreciate the gift of good quality second hand exercise shoes. Why not run a Sole for a Soul shoe campaign at your facility or with your clients? Of course, we strongly advise that you find a home for the shoes before you collect them! It is very important that the shoes are of excellent quality, and we suggest members wash the shoes before donating and that they are free from holes, rips, tears or dirt. They should also have good soles, shoelaces and insoles. If you’d like to use our templates for signage and information for your campaign, simply download the information.
Whether you are an individual fitness professional, or a fitness business owner with multiple employees, consider volunteering your time (or that of your staff) to:
- Teach Group Exercise classes
- Do 1-on-1 Personal Training
- Conduct Group Training sessions
- Mentor someone in need to complete a fitness goal (like a walk or fun run)
- Deliver ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ lectures
- Consult on health and fitness programs for the members of community service organisations
- Consult on design and equipment selection for small fitness areas within the community service organisations.
We strongly recommend that Volunteers who teach exercise classes or groups have a minimum of Certificate III in Fitness and those who do personal training have a minimum of Certificate IV in Fitness.
The centre where you volunteer will most likely have a volunteer induction program that you will be asked to participate in. This may involve getting a police check if you are working with young people below a certain age.
Donate complimentary memberships
If you own or manage a gym, why not offer to donate a certain number of 3-6 month memberships per year for clients who would not otherwise be able to afford them? If you are a personal trainer running group sessions, why not donate spots to participate?
Another option is to offer to supply your group ex studio and an instructor to teach a weekly class to clients of the service. This could be done during a down-time when the room isn’t usually in use.
Raise money for a specific cause
You may discover that the helping organisation you connect with has a specific need related to health and fitness. They might need some small equipment, funds to run a health and fitness program or even money to implement some healthy eating strategies like a weekly fruit delivery. Why not offer to run a small fundraising event to support their needs?
Share your experience and contribute to the Fit for Good online community
We would love you to share testimonials, stories and photos* of how you are making a positive difference to those less fortunate. Post your good news on the Fit for Good facebook Page and inspire others to follow suit!
*Please be sure to respect the privacy of individuals and gain permission before posting photos and sharing stories.
- Back pain? Walk it off… 09-Apr-2013
- Setting the record straight: exercise and lymphoedema 26-Mar-2013
- A Network riposte to criticism of outdoor group training 13-Mar-2013