Get your new career in shape!

Business advice from a health coach and fitness media expert.

By Nicole Glor, www.nikkifitness.com

 

The best ideas come to you while you are running.

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That’s not just another reason I give to my personal training clients for fitting in their fitness, it’s also great business advice. I bet that a lot of entrepreneurial ideas have come while pounding the pavement – in your sneakers.

 

Brainstorm your strengths and interests:

My “AHA moment” came just after moving to NYC, while jogging around the reservoir in Central Park. I had had a career in TV News while living in Syracuse, NY, which became a career in TV Public Relations in Boston. All along the way I had been teaching fitness classes after college as a way to keep my Syracuse University cheerleading fitness regimen in shape into my 20s. Then we moved to NYC for my husband’s job in national television and I felt that something was missing in my career.

 

There I was, a few days after my 30th birthday, after having moved to the best city in the world for media and fitness… and around the 3rd mile, I thought, “How can I combine my TV, PR and fitness careers all into one? What if I started making fitness videos and do PR to sell them? It’s not like I live in the middle of nowhere with no experience…. Actually if not me, who? If not here, where? If not now, when!?”

 

(Running gives you that power cardio-high where you not only think super creatively also feel like you can take over the world – a great combination for a future entrepreneur!)

 

Setting up shop – anywhere:

With technology now, it’s even easier to launch a website and do video then when I did it 11 years ago. I launched my fitness video business that hot 2007 July night with the creation of www.nikkifitness.com I started out buying good quality video and wireless microphone equipment, used shooting locations in Central Park and my building’s shared roof deck with city skyline views. Later I also shot on location at my parents beach house in Tulum, Mexico and their country cottage with a pond. When my husband went to Beijing to cover the Olympics, I went and shot video there. Our Italian baby moon? Took the camera. Visiting friends in Florida? Shoot a workout. Chicago wedding? Tape planks on the beach. Photograph a hotel room workout for a blog. Some of your trip expenses can be written off when you mix your travel with work. I ended up even shooting a Fit Travel Workout video that requires no equipment and is shot around the world so that your mind gets a vacation while your body gets a workout. (That earned a spread in the New York Times!)

 

Figure out how to sell

I figured out from searches online and word of mouth, that self-publishing on Amazon also meant videos, and by setting up and uploading videos to a sister site called Createspace, you could get on Amazon! Immediate credibility and I don’t have to lift a finger to fulfill sales. Years later I switched to Amazon downloads of videos, got my own App from companies reaching out to me, and get paid from being an influencer for wellness brands, a freelance writer, and a streaming fitness class instructor (changing with the times).

 

Let your skills and life connections lead your business

Listen to your friends and customers… and also where life takes you.

The PR side of me said to start making videos for niches and to listen to what clients and friends asked for. I knew that to sell DVDs (it was 10 years ago) I created 12 videos using multitasking toning moves and cardio HIIT combined, in just 30 minutes so that people didn’t have to keep track of muscle vs. cardio days and didn’t have to talk themselves into a long workout. My Military wife workout? Came about because a friend wanted me to train her virtually because she was a “mil spouse” always moving homes, working, also in night school, acting and mom, dad and handyman at home. No time. It became super popular. This led to a whole vertical market to pitch for PR and many military magazines and radio shows, a military base tour and a blog on military.com. Most importantly, Military Spouse Appreciation day became my first national television segment on Fox and Friends, which would later lead to a regular appearing segment on that morning show, appearances on Fox and Friends First, Shepard Smith, and a new personal training client – the executive producer and year later, the main female anchor and several correspondents!

 

My own destination wedding became the reason for a Beach Bride workout video, and a whole other niche of magazines and TV segments to pitch, with different times of year to pitch and a new personal training niche. It rides are the second most motivated.

 

My most popular video came about because my first-born was fussy and didn’t like little jiggles and swaying to calm his cries. He liked lunges, squats and to be gently tossed up in the air like a rocket ship. The moves we did together became my Baby Bootie Camp Workout, which landed me in everything from Fit Pregnancy to the Knot and the Nest, to Live with Kelly and Michael.

 

Mentoring “Moves” to tone your bottom line:

 

  • 1 – Start in small markets. There is a reason most TV reporters start in Podunk, Small Town USA. They make their mistakes there and learn from them before moving into the big time. The same goes for many other careers. I taught my first step class in Syracuse… then got better and more certifications in Boston, then I was ready for the big time, teaching packed classes in NYC! Test your product or service out that way as a soft launch or a dress rehearsal.

 

  • 2 – “Board meetings” and networking. This is what I called hanging out with friends – when they were also entrepreneurs. We would joke that we learned so much from each other and introduced each other to likeminded people who could be our mentors or service providers, that we called our lunches and happy hour gatherings “Board Meetings.” It’s a super productive way to mix business and pleasure! Also, always say yes to networking opportunities early on.

 

  • 3 – Brainstorm during your workout. When the blood is flowing and muscles are working, so does our brain. Working out promotes creativity. As I mentioned, the best ideas come when you run. It’s like meditating on caffeine. Clarity, energy and confidence can do wonderful things for your business. That’s what you get during a workout. (It also reduces stress, which is helpful for anyone working these days.)

 

  • 4 – Track your industry. For me this meant Google word searches for things like “exercise study” and the NY Times wellness section alerts where you are emailed articles pertaining to your industry so that you are aware of studies, trends and fads. It also helps to use these to pitch the media if you can comment on them. It also helps to continue getting more certifications – for me it was yoga, nutrition and prenatal- and attending industry events. Early on, I said yes to every appearance and invite, later you can become much more selective and get paid.

 

  • 5 – Do PR and practice, practice, practice! Get media training (ask me if you need someone to do it) study what other people in your industry say in interviews and how they say it, read and watch the outlets where you want to be featured, start pitching small markets and getting experience and a “reel” or clip book from those, then you are ready to be come a media superstar.

 

By running through these “moves” and practicing your PR you might just be running a million dollar business and be a mentor to others someday soon. Just mentor them while on a fitness date instead of over coffee.

 

 

BIO

Nicole Glor is the creator of NikkiFitness exercise videos, the author of The Slimnastics Workout, a health coach, celebrity trainer, group fitness instructor and a freelance fitness writer. The NikkiFitness DVDs/Videos/Apps including the new Anti-aging Walking Workout, Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout, Hard Core Abs, Fit Travel Workout, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics Workout (Yoga+Plyometrics Fusion), Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon/iTunes/Android). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyometric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, Integrative Nutrition health coach, group fitness instructor at Equinox and Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. For her daily moves and mantras, search for “NikkiFitness” on social media, and go to www.nikkifitness.com for more information. 

 

 

 

Holistic Hair with Maple!

Years ago I went to a wellness event in NYC that talked about how much lipstick and other beauty products you ingest, absorb, or inhale and how toxic they can be for you. So I started  blogging about, and using all-natural makeup and lotion products for a while now, but never found one that worked well enough on my hair to actually make the switch… until now.

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Maple Holistics sent me their tea tree shampoo, and they had me at hello… hello amazing smell! The fresh lavender scent sent me right to the spa in my mind. So I had to try it on my hair. It left my long hair full, bouncy and shiny – JUST IN TIME FOR A MOMMY FITNESS TV SEGMENT I WAS DOING. And the sweet scent followed me all day (which is good because I gave up perfume).

 

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I read up on it on the bottle and the website:

  • 1-Maple Holistics products are backed by a 100% Quality Guarantee. Their thoroughly formulated products are inspired by nature and proven effective by satisfied customers.
  • 2- They will take care of your hair, body, and skin. These products will allow you to regenerate and moisturize areas that need it.
  • 3- The shampoo is sulfate-free, and clears away dead shin and smoothes scalp blemishes
  • 4- All are safe for color
  • 5- Cruelty-free!
  • 6- The products contain over 98 natural all-compounds to promote scalp health
  • 7- They are made in the USA

 

“The formulaic composition of each product stands out in uniqueness, quality, and effectiveness. Only the purest and highest quality ingredients are used in each product, maximizing the therapeutic potential for each specific area of health. Some of the products offered include therapeutic shampoos, facial masks, bath soaks and more. Our expert Research and Development team is constantly engaged in creating new products. Most importantly, customer satisfaction is our number one concern. When you’re happy, we’re happy. At Maple Holistics, we take pride in our Holistic Promise. We guarantee satisfaction and cherish every customer relationship. Your health is our number one priority.”

 

An 8 oz bottle will costs $8.95 online but there are many related products, formulas and scents, so have a look at our products and find out what’s best for you. They even have a 100% money back guarantee.

https://www.mapleholistics.com/

Now you can breathe easy knowing that you’re keeping toxins our of your scalp… and inhale the awesome smell of your locks!

 

-NikkiFitness

NikkiFitness Video Downloads in the Amazon NIkkiFitness Store!

Here are direct links to my own NikkiFitness Amazon Store!

This is the best way to dowload my fitness videos for the best and quickest workout of your life!

 

The Fit Travel Workout

30-Minute Fitness DVD Created for Business and Leisure Travlelers to Work Out in Their Rooms

 

“I traveled from Indiana to China, from Mexico to Chicago, Florida to Venice and back to New York City to make sure you can get a workout when on the road.”

The scenic, on-location shots in the NikkiFitness Fit Travel Workout provide a no-equipment workout for people who don’t want to fight the lines at the hotel gym, or can’t get their grandmother to drive them to a fitness center while visiting for the holidays. Because no equipment is needed, it takes the excuses and the trouble out of staying fit while traveling. All you need is a laptop, DVD player or ipod!

Nikki’s multitasking toning moves work upper, lower body and core muscle groups simultaneously with cardio intervals to get a full workout in half the time, while boosting the metabolism even after the sweat disappears. That means the best workouts for great abs, tight glutes, toned thighs, and chisled arms without any equipment!

Different than traditional fitness DVDs, the Fit Travel Workout will not show a studio full of women doing the same old routine. It’s shot in different scenic locations around the world to exercise your mind as well.

Also, each workout can include new music. In the spirit of YouTube, iPod and thousands of products tailored to individual tastes, one generic soundtrack isn’t forced on participants.

The DVD sends exercisers to www.fittravelworkout.com for their own playlist suggestions and iTunes NikkiFitness mixes in many different genres.

 

The Slimnastics Workout

Improve your fitness moves with the Slimnastics Workout! HIIT meets Yoga with a gymnastics twist!

The NikkiFitness “Slimnastics” Workout is an athletic routine that gets you ripped in a radical new way: A yoga-based sun saluting warm-up readies the body but keep your sneakers on- you are going to need them!Slim and tone your legs while melting away fat and cellulite with gymnastic/cheerleading inspired explosive plyometric cardio drills like toe touches, spring squats, jump tucks, and jumping lunge kicks.Alternate the intense cardio intervals with upper body and core-cutting balance moves from gymnastics and yoga with poses like forearm stands, eight angle (astavakrasana), and firefly (titibasana). Finished off in a yoga-based stretch and cool down for the mind and body.

 

The Military Wife Workout

NikkiFitness Helps Keep Wives in Shape While Husbands Deployed with the Military Wife Workout™

(New York, NY)— When Laura E.’s husband was sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, she was left with a seemingly impossible to-do list. She had to handle all the household chores, pay the bills, take care of her young daughter, complete her graduate degree, and work a full-time job—not to mention worry about her husband at the same time. She felt lonely and exhausted, and didn’t think she had time for anything else, especially exercising. As her stress and to-do list increased, and her fitness level dropped, she reached out to a long-time friend and fitness instructor for a solution.

“Laura and I live far away from each other, so taping a workout was the only way to act as her virtual personal trainer,” explained Nikki, creator of the NikkiFitness Military Wife Workout (MWW). “She asked for a video that would combine all muscle groups and cardio in just half an hour, so I made this DVD for her and all other military wives like her. It’s perfect for anyone whose husband or boyfriend spends a lot of time away from home.”

During the DVD creation, Nicole began a monthly fitness column for www.military.com, which led to hundreds of emails and phone conversations with other military wives. They all struggle with the issue of staying in shape while their family members are deployed.

The MWW combines cardio intervals with combination upper and lower body moves to get every major muscle group toned within 30 minutes. A warm-up and stretch is included, as well as modifications and challenge adaptations for any fitness level.

Different than traditional fitness DVD, the MWW will not show a studio full of women doing the same old routine. It’s shot in scenic locations around New York City, with quick edits to keep people entertained and visually stimulated.

Also, in the spirit of YouTube and iPod and thousands of products tailored to individual tastes, one generic soundtrack isn’t forced on participants. The DVD sends exercisers to www.nikkifitness.com for their own playlist suggestions in many different genres. Each workout can include new music.

 

How Can I Become a Sports Medicine Nurse?

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 2.37.55 PMSports medicine largely deals with trauma and injuries resulting from an athletic competition or during training. A sports medicine nurse is essentially a nurse practitioner who helps physicians care for sport-related injuries.

Common sports injuries include torn ligaments, dislocations, bone fractures, joint strains, and muscle strains. A sports medicine nurse career can be very rewarding and gives you the opportunity to work in a field you’re truly passionate about. But how can you become a sports medicine nurse?

Education and Training

There is a lot of demand and competition for nurses in the field of sports medicine and you will, therefore, need an advanced nursing degree if you want to be able to compete.

To get a masters in sports nursing or nursing practitioning, you will need a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) for entry. In case you currently do not meet the requirement, then you could get an online nursing degree provided by several well-established universities and institutions.

Experience as an orthopedic nurse practitioner will also be of great help. The Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board offers an Orthopedic Nursing Certification in order to allow nurses to show their knowledge and competence in the sports medicine field.

In the event that you don’t want to pursue a BSN, then you would require a bachelor’s in either exercise physiology, athletic training, or kinesiology to get into the masters in sports nursing program.

After you finish your program and you become licensed, try to work with an orthopedic physician to get experience. Also, try to meet and interact with people in various sports fields in order to get your foot into the sports medicine world.

Examples of Job Opportunities

As a certified sports medicine nurse, there are several job opportunities options available for you to choose from. Here are a few of them.

1. Fitness Centers

There are several fitness centers hiring sports medicine nurses to provide accurate information on exercise, nutrition and stress management to their clients. You will also be able to treat and give accurate advice on various injuries sustained during training.

2. Sports Teams

Several institutions such as schools, hospitals, and companies have sports teams and need a sports medicine nurse to take care of injuries and offer exercise advice. You could also work for professional teams on a contract basis and the pay is usually quite good.

3. Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab nurses help individuals who may have had heart-related issues including heart attack recovery. They are required to teach their patients how to correctly exercise and what types of diet are favorable for them. The main focus is on monitoring the patient’s progress and ensuring a full recovery.

Conclusion

Becoming a sports medicine nurse requires a lot of patience, sacrifice, and commitment. However, it can be a very fulfilling career path with lots of high paying jobs which makes it all worth it. If you feel this is for you, make sure that you get the credentials needed and consider interning in the orthopedics field to get some much needed experience.

Sleep Better Tonight on the Tomorrow Bed

#Sleep has meant so much more to me since having #kids When something is rare we prize it more.

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I’ve arranged for a code to anyone who wants to try it! NIKKI150 will work for $150 off any $500 purchase (expires 12/31/17). Try it @tomorrow!

Link to use:

https://www.tomorrowsleep.com/mattresses/?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=mb_pro&utm_campaign=nikki_fitness&utm_term=2017_11_06&utm_content=150_off

 

#healthylifestyle#sleep #healthcoach #momproblems #fitfam#mantraoftheday #morningmotivation#mantra

Why Anyone Can Start Their Own Fitness Brand

People love real. They love cheering for the underdog, and they love genuine conversation. That is why anyone, no matter how fit you are or what you look like, can start their own fitness brand if they want to. Following a person’s workout and fitness journey from unfit to health star is a great narrative that many people will ascribe to. All you need to be is real, and your content needs to look and feel professional. It needs to look professional not to convey that you put money into documenting your journey – which you don’t – but so that your documentation looks like you put effort into it.

_DKI6272Great content is professional content, and you can make your fitness videos look professional by following these steps:

  1. Film Yourself in a Bright, Open Space

First, you need to choose your studio. This can be at home, but you should do your best to clear out the space. You want people to focus on you, not the dirty laundry you might have in the background. You also want to make sure that your studio area is well-lit, which will help make your videos look professional, and will also make them look great. You can’t do a lot to save footage that is too dark, but you can do a lot with footage that is properly lit.


Tip: You don’t want to be overexposed, either! Find the sweet spot of bright and work from there.

  1. Create a Video Style

Just as any artist can have a specific style, so too do your fitness videos. This means that you use the same editing techniques, theme, and even video intro. If you don’t know how to make a YouTube intro, don’t worry! There are free online tools that will help you create the perfect introduction for your fitness journey in a jiffy. All your videos should look like they are in a series, and that way you can convey your journey in fitness, not in video editing styles.

  1. Be Honest

Getting fit and healthy is hard, and be honest about it. The more open and honest you are, the more others will get from your shared experience. Life isn’t perfect, and it isn’t easy, but getting fit and healthy is a great goal.

  1. Ignore the Haters

You could be the best, most perfect person on the planet, and you’d still get Internet “trolls” who go online solely to make mean comments and to spark online debates. Thankfully, many social sites will allow you to filter comments so ones that include rude language, or even a personally selected set of keywords, will be filtered out. You won’t, however, be able to completely filter out mean comments. Instead, you need to either ignore them or grow a thick skin so that you can filter through genuine criticism and useless hate.

Starting your own fitness journey is a great way to keep yourself on track and to help inspire others to get healthy and happy.

3 Things That Can Actually Help You Stick to Your Healthy Lifestyle

 

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The biggest challenge in switching to a new and healthier lifestyle isn’t actually figuring things out; it is sticking with the new lifestyle until it becomes the norm. Many fail to do this simply because they make small mistakes and can’t remain consistent enough.

In reality, sticking to your healthy lifestyle is easier than you think. These three tips and tactics we are about to discuss in this article will help you get started right away.

Challenge Yourself

Visit this link and you will find challenges that you can follow. One of the reasons for these challenges is to help you follow the exercise routine more closely and remain consistent throughout the program. Challenging yourself is one of the best ways to remain consistent in sticking with a healthier lifestyle.

Don’t just stop at the challenge… Reward yourself when you overcome the challenges you’ve set yourself and add punishment for when you don’t. Create that right balance between reward and punishment to keep yourself motivated.

Here’s another secret to keep in mind: complete the first month and you’ll find sticking with the healthier lifestyle to be much easier to do. By the end of the month, your body and mind are already adjusting to the new lifestyle, which means there are no more reasons to return to the old, bad habits at all.

Work Around Other Routines

One of the most memorable followers of our program started following our fitness videos when she began her online masters in health informatics program at the University of Cincinnati. She scheduled her exercises around her study times and it worked.

Wrapping the new lifestyle around a particular routine (or routines) can help with consistency. In her case, the exercise program reminded her to study for her online MSHI degree, and vice versa. The setup made keeping up with both new routines much easier.

You too can take the same approach. Take an existing routine you’re already happy with and adjust your exercise schedules accordingly. One will help you remember the other; all of a sudden, staying consistent is no longer difficult to do.

Ease into New Things

Some people can simply make the switch to a healthier lifestyle overnight. Others find the approach more difficult to use. This is actually natural. You can’t always get into a new habit and it is especially true with a healthy lifestyle.

The best approach in this case is to ease into the new activities. When you want to eat more healthily, for example, you add healthy food items to your existing meals until you are comfortable enough to make the full switch. This type of gradual approach makes the adjustment process easier to bear, so you are less likely to revert back to old habits.

These three things are very easy to apply and you can get started with using these strategies even today. With these tips in mind, making the switch to a healthier lifestyle and sticking with it are so much easier to do, regardless of the challenges you face along the way.

 

October Fitness Challenge: Hard Core Abs move 9!

Keep your belly from looking like a pumpkin- check in with me for one #hardcoreabs #moveoftheday every day this month in my October Fitness Challenge! Each move comes from the NikkiFitness Hard Core Abs video where each move works your abs as well as at least one other muscle group at the same time!

Get more moves like this on the iTunes NikkiFItness App, or Amazon, on my Hard Core Abs Video!

Move: Weighted X Crunch works Chest, Biceps and Obliques! Do 20 alternating reps x 3 sets!

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October Fitness Challenge: Move 8

Keep your belly from looking like a pumpkin- check in with me for one #hardcoreabs #moveoftheday every day this month in my October Fitness Challenge! Each move comes from the NikkiFitness Hard Core Abs video where each move works your abs as well as at least one other muscle group at the same time!

Get more moves like this on the iTunes NikkiFItness App, or Amazon, on my Hard Core Abs Video!

Move 8: #HardCoreAbs #fitnessvideo #moveoftheday WEIGHTED CROSS CRUNCH: 3 sets of 25 reps! #mantraoftheday “I wish I hadn’t worked out today- said no one ever!”

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