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Active 5 Ways to Halt Client's Bad Nutrition Habits

5 Ways to Halt Client's Bad Nutrition Habits

While nutrition is vital to weight loss and exercise performance, it is more effective to initially focus on helping your client make positive behavior changes before moving on to the “nuts and bolts” of nutrition. As a health and fitness professional, your role is to create an environment for effective and positive change. Here are five ways you can create that type of environment and help your clients establish positive nutrition habits.;

Active Fitness 5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

If you’re a personal trainer or health coach, consider getting a group fitness instructor certification to help advance your career and keep you at the top of your game.

Active Nutrition 3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

The Nutrition Twins usually advise their clients to avoid diet trends like the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Master Cleanse because they aren’t worth the hype. However, when it comes to trendy foods, some are absolutely worth integrating into your regular eating repertoire. Here are three trendy foods that pack such a nutritional punch that they’re worth including in your diet.

Active Fitness 5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders that plagues the population. Whether it is acute or chronic and no matter where the pain stems from, it can be debilitating and can limit one’s ability to function in daily life.

Active Fitness IDEA World 2016 Recap

IDEA World 2016 Recap

The annual IDEA World Convention combines education, networking, social opportunities and an extensive expo hall featuring a wide variety of vendors into a single, “not to be missed” event. Whether you are a seasoned personal trainer with years of experience or a newbie motivated to learn more about fitness, IDEA World features dozens of education sessions and scores of vendors. There’s a little something for everyone.

Active Fitness Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

If you’re thinking about a career in personal training, it’s important to consider the unique requirements of this job, including technical skills and knowledge, and personality traits.

Active Fitness Yoga Poses to Pair With Your High-intensity Interval Training

Yoga Poses to Pair With Your High-intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga may seem diametrically opposed, but could these two forms of exercise actually be a great complement to one another? Learn how a yoga practice could enhance and deepen HIIT workouts, and give this sample yoga routine—designed with HIIT athletes in mind—a try.

Active Fitness Boost Your Endurance With Low-intensity Workouts

Boost Your Endurance With Low-intensity Workouts

If you’re an endurance athlete looking to improve your race performance, low-intensity workouts—exercises that keep you at a relatively low heart rate for a prolonged period of time—are the key to building your endurance. Learn about the 80/20 rule and why running more slowly can ultimately help you run faster.

Active Wellness 6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

To effectively combat stress, we must activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is known as the relaxation response. The prime goal of this response is to trigger the “rest and digest” response and bring the body back to homeostasis following fight-or-flight. Learn how to reduce stress with these six simple breathing exercises.

Active Wellness 7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

Don’t let the heat keep you from your favorite activities. Here are seven strategies for staying cool during summer workouts.

Active Wellness Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

When used properly, fitness technology offers the opportunity to make a real disruptive change to those we have the honor to serve—our clients and communities. Fitness technology expert Ted Vickey explains some of the biggest myths and misconceptions many health and fitness professionals have regarding using fitness technology with their clients.

Active Fitness Dynamic Circuit Training for Weight Loss

Dynamic Circuit Training for Weight Loss

While cardiovascular exercise can be effective for burning the calories required for weight loss, it’s not always the best option for those who don’t enjoy it. Fortunately, there is another way to use exercise for weight loss: circuit training!

Active Fitness 3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

3 Steps for Crafting Simple Fitness Programs

To make program design fast and simple for you and effective for your clients, keep it simple. Here are three steps to quickly creating simple programs that deliver tremendous results, while helping clients feel more confident and competent.

Active Fitness Why Foam Rolling Doesn't Eliminate Cellulite

Why Foam Rolling Doesn't Eliminate Cellulite

Even if they can’t eliminate cellulite, foam rollers are great tools for keeping people active. Here are five specific benefits that you can experience from using a foam roller as part of your fitness program.

Active Career Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Business and Brand?

Communicating with your current and potential customers through social media can be a low-cost, yet extremely effective way to grow your brand. However, when used improperly or without a strategy, social media can be a significant waste of time that can actually hurt your business. Answer these three questions to help you create a social-media roadmap that will help you grow your business and enable you to change more lives.

Active Fitness 3 Things That Make Group Fitness Classes Successful

3 Things That Make Group Fitness Classes Successful

You plan and prepare and come to class pumped to deliver an awesome fitness experience for your participants. There are, however, a few things that can ruin a class and have people sneaking out the back door or, worse yet, skipping your class altogether. Here are three things you need to keep in mind to keep participants coming back, week after week.

Active Career 7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

7 Tips for a Successful Health & Fitness Blog

Thinking about starting your own health and fitness blog, but unsure where to start? Several of the country’s most well-established health and fitness bloggers share their personal tips for establishing and growing a successful blog.

Active Fitness 5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

Each individual who graduates from a yoga teacher training is on a different path. Some new graduates head straight into teaching full-time. Some ease their way in slowly or teach one class per week, while others never teach at all, instead using teacher training as a way to deepen their own practices. They’re all wonderful options! But if you’re a newly-minted yoga instructor and you’re ready to jump into the world of teaching, there are some key points to keep in mind.

Active Nutrition 4 Super Summer Smoothie Recipes

4 Super Summer Smoothie Recipes

Summertime treats can conjure up childhood memories of ice cream cones and milkshakes. But if you’re watching your waistline, smoothies are a smarter choice when the summer heat hits.

Active Fitness Lower-body Plyometric Workout

Lower-body Plyometric Workout

Plyometric exercises yield tremendous benefits in strength, coordination and balance, while also increasing caloric expenditure. For these reasons, incorporating plyometrics—such as this four-exercise lower-body workout—into your clients’ programming can be a great way to complement their lower-body strength-training routines.

Active Nutrition 5 Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

5 Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

The last thing you want to do when the sun is out and you’re on vacation is to worry about what you eat and if you’re sabotaging your diet. But here’s the good news: Summer eating doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five common nutrition mistakes that most of us are guilty of making at times, and easy ways to fix them so you don’t have to stress this summer.

Active Behavior Change One Key to Success: Consistent Action

One Key to Success: Consistent Action

Wanting something and working for something are two different things. We may all want something, but not all work for something. That’s not to say we don’t want to work for it, but sometimes it is a whole lot easier to give up than it is to keep going.

Active Behavior Change Seven Reasons Clients Quit

Seven Reasons Clients Quit

Life is like an elevator. Sometimes you let people off; sometimes you let them on. The same holds true for client-trainer relationships.

Active Behavior Change 4 Ways to Keep your Clients Motivated

4 Ways to Keep your Clients Motivated

Starting a new endeavor is always exciting at first. But how do you keep that excitement going after a few weeks or even months? If you’re a trainer, you may know this scenario well. Keeping your clients motivated over a long period of time is possible with a few simple strategies.

Active Behavior Change Coordination exercises for active aging clients

Coordination exercises for active aging clients

A certain level of coordination is needed to move and exercise efficiently. Integrating balance and agility exercises into workout routines for active aging clients can benefit coordination. The following exercises are ideal for seniors looking to improve their motor coordination.

Active Behavior Change The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

If you’ve been contemplating becoming more physically active, it’s important to recognize that regular exercise can not only help you look better, it can help you feel better, too. Here are six ways exercise can help improve your overall mental health and outlook.

Active Fitness How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

Research suggests that the beginning and ending of a training session or group fitness class leave a lasting impact on participants. With that in mind, ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how to make the most of the “intro” and “outro” portions of your clients’ workouts to maximize their experiences and keep them coming back for more.

Active Career Strategies to boost business this summer

Strategies to boost business this summer

Summer is the time of the year when you may notice scheduling gaps, because many people are out and about, on adventures and vacations all over the world. Use this time as an opportunity to find creative ways to build your business, like trading clients or organizing group outings, and reap the benefits the rest of the year!

Active Fitness 5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

5 Need-to-Know Fitness Career Myths

People across the globe are becoming interested in careers that allow them to share their passion for health and fitness with others. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry, this one’s for you!

Active Wellness 4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

When it comes to losing weight, lapses and relapses are extremely common, and can be deeply troubling for clients. Our goal as health and fitness professionals is to help guide clients through the frustration of relapse and into a renewed commitment to their healthy eating and activity behaviors. Here are four steps to guide you through that process.

Active Fitness 3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

3 Things Successful Health and Fitness Pros Avoid

What are the keys to becoming a successful health and fitness professional? Not surprisingly, avoiding common—yet often costly—mistakes is often just as important as taking the right steps or actions. Check out these three common mistakes to make sure you’re on the right track and to help ensure your success as a health and fitness professional.

Active Wellness 5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

When we feel tired or we lack energy, many of us feel the need to recharge our batteries in artificial ways, via consuming energy drinks or supplements. But what our run-down bodies and minds really need is a heavy dose of self-care. Here are five natural ways to rejuvenate yourself when you’re feeling worn out.

Active Wellness Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

More than ever, Americans are more concerned about genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and organic-based foods, which is causing many industries to change how they do business. Here are some examples of how Americans have become more health conscious and are influencing the future health of their fellow citizens.

Active Career How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

How to Structure Coaching Sessions Using the CRAFT Model

Coaching is a wonderful experience and can lead to transformations, first of mind and then of body. But getting each session started smoothly and staying on track is essential to seeing results. Learn how to use the CRAFT model, which can help you structure sessions with clients whom you are actively coaching toward fairly clear objectives.

Active Fitness Is Fitness Technology Good for Kids?

Is Fitness Technology Good for Kids?

ACE technology expert Ted Vickey examines the use of activity trackers and other fitness wearables by children and offers advice to parents and health and fitness professionals on how to most effectively utilize these health and fitness technologies.

Active Fitness Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

The senior or active aging population—is arguably the most heterogeneous group within the health club setting. As such, having a mindset for inclusive teaching is paramount for all health and fitness professionals. ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains what you need to know about the active aging population so that you can work with them more effectively in today’s fitness environment.

Active Wellness Why Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

Why Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

Physical activity plays an important role in brain growth and development, yet children aren’t receiving nearly enough physical activity in schools. By providing children with opportunities to move more, we’re playing a role in improving their physical fitness AND their cognitive performance.

Active Nutrition 21 EASY FOOD SWAPS

21 EASY FOOD SWAPS

If you want to achieve better health by making changes to your diet, one critical success factor is taking small steps. These small steps pointed in the right direction will lead you to success in your bigger health and fitness goals. Making many dietary changes all at once can be a resister for disaster; instead, learn to make small changes over a period of time, which is a recipe for success. Try introducing these easy food swaps into your snacks and meals.

Active Nutrition Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

Macronutrient Needs Based on Goals

All food can be broken down into three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. This guide to macros will help you to understand what role each macronutrient plays in the body, as well as the best food sources for each one.

Active Career 3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

3 Steps to Reach More People and Make More Money as a Health and Fitness Professional

As a health and fitness professional, you have the opportunity to share your positive influence with people all over the world. Follow this three-step strategy to reach more people with your life-changing ideas and perspective, grow your business and start living an extraordinary life while helping others do the same.

Active Fitness 10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid responsible for promoting the repair and growth of muscle proteins. Currently, there are a lot of half-truths out there regarding low testosterone levels among men and how to raise them. To help clarify some of the misinformation being propagated, here is what you need to know about low-T and what you can do about it in the gym.

Active Fitness Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

Want to add a little definition to your arms so you can show them off the next time the sun is shining? If toned arms are what you’re after this summer, try this strength training workout.

Active Nutrition Epigenetics: Passing on obesity or other health paramaters through genes

Epigenetics: Passing on obesity or other health paramaters through genes

You have more control over your physical health and well-being than you may realize. Learn how exercise can positively impact obesity, even if the tendency toward overweight and obesity runs in your family.

Active Behavior Change  Better Communication for Better Client Results

Better Communication for Better Client Results

When it comes to exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices, very client is unique, with varying levels of skills and motivation. Understanding your clients’ motivations and attitudes about exercise can help you tailor your communications and expectations to accommodate each individual’s needs. Learn how to identify the four common client types and how you can use this information to create more relevant and engaging personal-training experiences.

Active Fitness What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

What’s In Your Gym Bag? Must Have Items for your Group Fitness Class

When you transition from taking classes to leading classes, your gym bag doubles as your survival kit. A properly stocked bag can make the difference between a great class and a disaster. While fitness clubs and studios should have a majority of the tools we need to teach, there are times when a little extra preparation pays off. Let’s take a look at the must-have, the nice-to-have, and the bonus tools you should consider carrying in your bag.

Active Behavior Change Exercises for Different Personality Types

Exercises for Different Personality Types

If you want to be able to make instant connections with new clients and participants, being able to identify their personality types can help. Learn how you can improve your ability to communicate with your clients by understanding the characteristics and traits of different personality types. This can help you identify the most effective ways to design exercise programs for each client’s specific needs.

Active Career An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

An Underutilized Networking Strategy to Attract New Clients

Building relationships and networking with massage therapists, nutritionists, medical doctors, chiropractors and other health practitioners can help build a strong foundation source of referrals. But how do you make strong connections with quality, like-minded professionals? Here are five traits to work on developing in yourself, as well as ones you should look for in potential collaborators.

Active Nutrition How to Slash Your Sodium Intake

How to Slash Your Sodium Intake

Is it time you started slashing sodium from your diet? As the world’s most prolific (and certainly the cheapest) food preservative, sodium is added to many of the foods we eat. Learn how to spot added sodium in prepared foods and how to prepare a low-sodium seasoning substitute. Even if you aren’t sodium sensitive, it’s a good idea to analyze your diet and see where you might be able to shrink your sodium intake.

Active Fitness 6 Standing Core Stabilizer Exercises

6 Standing Core Stabilizer Exercises

Many standing strength, balance and cardiovascular exercises also enhance core strength and stability, while also allowing the body to move in various planes of motion. Here are six standing core stabilizer exercises that can be used in a variety of personal training and group exercise programs to effectively challenge both the core and the entire body.

Active Fitness Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

Developing core strength involves incorporating a variety of different exercises that target different areas of the core. While there are numerous ways to strengthen the core, it is essential to keep it simple. These six key core-strengthening exercises, which require no equipment and can be performed at home, provide a good basic routine for just about anyone.

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