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Active Nutrition 15 Things You Didn't Know About Fruit

15 Things You Didn't Know About Fruit

Think you know everything there is to know about fruit? Not so fast…here are 15 facts about this delicious food group that just might surprise you.

Active Behavior Change 5 Ways to Start the New Year With a Healthier Mindset

5 Ways to Start the New Year With a Healthier Mindset

Every New Year, clients commit to becoming healthier and making lifestyle changes. But with so much focus on diet and exercise, many clients forget about their mindset, which makes or breaks their fitness efforts. Here are five ways to help your clients start the New Year with a healthier mindset.

Active Nutrition 5 Food Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

5 Food Trends That Will Dominate in 2017

What will be the top food trends in 2017? Here are Justin Robinson’s top five picks for the food trends that will define the coming year and, possibly, change the way we eat for years to come.

Active Fitness 7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

7 Exercises for the Bride to Be

If you count brides among your clients, you know that they are amongst your most motivated exercisers! It is your job to help her achieve her physical goals so her big day will match the vision in her dreams. Mix it up and make it fun for the beautiful bride with these basic exercises, each of which has a hidden agenda.

Active Career Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

Your Career Roadmap as a Personal Trainer: Where Are You Now?

With more than 20 years as a health and fitness professional, Brett Klika knows a thing or two about building a career and creating success in the fitness industry. Drawing on his own experience and that of countless others in the industry, Klika shares his career roadmap for creating a long and successful career in fitness.

Active Fitness Cardio Before or After Lifting?

Cardio Before or After Lifting?

Which should you do first in a single workout, cardio or strength training? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question that accurately applies to everyone. Instead, ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains how to best answer this question based on your individual needs and goals.

Active Behavior Change Four Questions for Discovering Your Clients’ Real Resolutions

Four Questions for Discovering Your Clients’ Real Resolutions

It’s the start of a New Year and your clients are ready to make some healthy changes. Learn why being prepared with open-ended questions will help give you a deeper understanding of where your clients have been and how they see themselves reaching their goals.

Active Fitness One Weight Workout Series: The Barbell

One Weight Workout Series: The Barbell

To help you and your clients save time and maximize the efficiency of their workouts, we present the One Weight Workout series, with each workout featuring a single piece of equipment. This installment focuses on the barbell, which can be used for a variety of exercises to increase muscular strength while also boosting caloric burn.

Active Behavior Change 6 Ways to Retrain Yourself for a Healthier New Year

6 Ways to Retrain Yourself for a Healthier New Year

Thinking about those New Year’s resolutions? Here are six of the most common debilitating “old” beliefs you may try to bring into the New Year, and how you can retrain our mind, body, and soul to overcome them.

Active Wellness To get more people moving, meet them where they are

To get more people moving, meet them where they are

In our fast-paced, technology-driven culture, it’s easy to get through an entire day without moving our bodies in any significant way. But our bodies were built to move and they work best when we keep them continually active. Leading a highly sedentary lifestyle can have substantial negative health consequences, like the proliferation of preventable chronic diseases we’re seeing today in America and beyond.

Active Career Four Free or Low-cost Tools For Creating Eye-catching Social Media Videos

Four Free or Low-cost Tools For Creating Eye-catching Social Media Videos

Wondering how you can take your videos to the next level so they really stand out? Check out these video-making tools—all free or just a couple of bucks—for mobile and/or desktop. They can help you quickly and easily turn your photos and video into marketing pieces that will command attention on social media.

Active Fitness Embrace the Cold: How to Get in a Workout in Below-freezing Temperatures

Embrace the Cold: How to Get in a Workout in Below-freezing Temperatures

Cold weather keeping you indoors? Check out these great tips for moving your workouts outdoors during the cold winter months—not only will you enjoy all the great benefits of exercise, but the added bonus of getting outside in the fresh air.

Active Nutrition Eat Your Water – Sources of Hydrating Foods

Eat Your Water – Sources of Hydrating Foods

How many times have you heard this question from a client: “How much water should I be drinking every day?” To help you answer that and other water-related questions, here are some basic guidelines and principles you can use as a guide to help evaluate individual hydration needs, identify signs of dehydration and take a creative approach to helping clients stay adequately hydrated.

Active Career 6 Strategies to Keep Your Members Coming Back to the Gym During the Holidays

6 Strategies to Keep Your Members Coming Back to the Gym During the Holidays

If your health club or gym is feeling a little empty this time of year, use these six strategies to keep your members in the gym and drive business throughout the holiday season.

Active Fitness Santa Workout

Santa Workout

Don’t let the cold weather or seasonal demands derail you from your hard efforts the rest of the year. If you don’t want to be mistaken for jolly old Saint Nick, this no-equipment necessary workout program can help you maintain your fitness and body weight, even if you don’t have time to make it to the gym.

Active Nutrition Healthy Appetite Reducers for the Holiday Season

Healthy Appetite Reducers for the Holiday Season

With all of the parties, family gatherings and cookie swaps on the calendar, it’s easy to go overboard and eat more than normal. But your clients don’t have to skip the festivities to keep the pounds from piling on. Arm your clients with these tricks and tips that will help them feel fuller faster so they can enjoy what they’re eating without having to switch to stretchy pants.

Active Wellness 4 Fitness Pros Advocating for Health Across the Country

4 Fitness Pros Advocating for Health Across the Country

What are three of the most important factors driving wellness in a community? According to Facebook, it's family, friends and health—listed as the top three things users were thankful for in 2014. 'Tis the season to reflect on the past and start mapping out our goals for a healthy year to come.

Active Career Interested in becoming eligible for the NCCHWC Exam?

Interested in becoming eligible for the NCCHWC Exam?

The National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) is a collaboration of leaders representing many health and wellness coach training and education programs in the United States. If you are an ACE Certified Health Coach, you can become eligible to sit for the national examination by taking the approved transition course.

Active Wellness Fit Gifts for 2016

Fit Gifts for 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for the fitness junkies in your life? Look no further—here are some great and anything-but-typical options that will help take some of the stress out of choosing gifts that your friends and loved ones will cherish for years to come.

Active Behavior Change Getting Kids Moving: How to Compete With Video Games

Getting Kids Moving: How to Compete With Video Games

There’s no getting around it—nearly 80% of American children are not meeting the minimum guidelines for physical activity each day. So, what’s a parent or educator to do? Youth expert Brett Klicka argues that what takes place in our own homes—and the examples parents set for their kids—is the most important factor in raising healthy, active kids.

Active Career ACE Scholarships Aim to Make Physical Activity Accessible to All

ACE Scholarships Aim to Make Physical Activity Accessible to All

The ACE Scholarship Program was created to empower health and fitness pioneers to reach beyond the four walls of the gym and into homes, offices and public spaces to meet people where they are and get them moving. Scholarships are awarded to individuals and organizations targeting diverse audiences—from children to the military to seniors—that are passionate about creating stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.

Active Nutrition 6 Ways to Navigate the Holidays as a Vegan

6 Ways to Navigate the Holidays as a Vegan

If you are a vegan, this time of year can be extra stressful because many holiday favorites contain both dairy and meat. Fortunately, there are plenty of meat and dairy-free alternatives that vegans can enjoy throughout the holidays. Navigate your way through the holiday season with these six tips and tricks.

Active Fitness ‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

At this time of year, adding an extra-special flavor to the group fitness experience gives participants extra reasons for coming to the club instead of getting caught up in the normal holiday rush of things. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas from group fitness experts around the globe for adding some holiday spirit to the group fitness experience.

Active Fitness 6 Calorie-blasting Partner Exercises

6 Calorie-blasting Partner Exercises

Partner exercises are a great way to add fun and interest to traditional exercises, while also creating a more stimulating environment. Check out these great partner exercises, which can be used in both your individual and group-training programs.

Active Behavior Change Health Hacks for the Holidays

Health Hacks for the Holidays

To help you help others successfully navigate the holidays, here are some helpful health hacks for the holidays. Use these with your clients and students to help them sail through the holidays while maintaining fitness, feeling positive, and starting the new year with energy and enthusiasm.

Active Wellness Mitigate Holiday Stress With Meditation

Mitigate Holiday Stress With Meditation

With the holiday season upon us, if you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed, consider giving yourself the greatest gift of all—a moment each day for meditation. Learn how to cultivate a sense of calm and peace and nourish your body, mind and spirit this holiday season by putting these guiding principles into practice.

Active Behavior Change Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

The holiday season is about to kick into high gear—a two-month hurricane of poor nutrition. As a fitness leader, you have the opportunity to guide your clients to a new perspective and, as a result, new and improved choices. And when they do overindulge, learn how to help clients take the focus off of the bad behavior and instead examine what led them to make bad choices in the first place.

Active Fitness 4-Week Progression Workout

4-Week Progression Workout

Compound exercises such as the Romanian deadlift and the Turkish get-up are super efficient for producing strength gains. Learn how to combine some of the most effective compound exercises (all of which were recently featured in ACE ProSource), in a workout program that is sure to produce incredible results.

Active Behavior Change 6 Strategies for Lighter Alcohol and Snack Consumption During the Holidays

6 Strategies for Lighter Alcohol and Snack Consumption During the Holidays

When it comes to alcohol and snacks during the holiday season, it can feel like an all-or-nothing proposition—either indulge or abstain. Show your clients a different approach with these six strategies that make it possible to have fun, indulge a bit and thoroughly enjoy all this season has to offer.

Active Career Getting Clients To and Through the Doors

Getting Clients To and Through the Doors

Do you have clients who struggle to commit and remain engaged with their training programs? If so, how do you keep these individuals from slipping through the proverbial crack? As a health and fitness professional, you must seek innovative ways to keep your interactions and experiences with clients fresh, rewarding and engaging. Try some of these “hacks” for getting your clients to consistently attend scheduled sessions with you.

Active Behavior Change The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

A growing body of research suggests that expressing gratitude on a regular basis can increase productivity, boost happiness and even improve general health. Learn how group fitness instructors can make gratitude a part of the group fitness experience and help all participants reap these benefits and more.

Active Nutrition Healthy and Innovative Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy and Innovative Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Looking for tips on how to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers in new and delicious ways? The Nutrition Twins offer up their favorite recipes for repurposing Thanksgiving Day leftovers and creating meals your family will love.

Active Nutrition Thanksgiving Portion Guide

Thanksgiving Portion Guide

Thanksgiving is such a curious holiday. At a time when we are showing gratitude for our health and those around us, you would think the holiday would feature a slow meal filled with foods that nourish the body and spirit. Perhaps it used to be that way, but somehow the traditional Thanksgiving foods have gotten richer and heavier, with enormous portions to boot.

Active Fitness Tips for Helping Clients Set Goals, Both Big and Small

Tips for Helping Clients Set Goals, Both Big and Small

Whether it’s engaging in a new behavior such as exercising or eating healthfully, or starting a business, without a direction, a plan, or a goal it is difficult to know how to begin. Goal setting is a way to eliminate this uncertainty. Here are five tips for helping your clients achieve their goals, both big and small.

Active Fitness 7 Fitness Investments That Really Pay Off

7 Fitness Investments That Really Pay Off

Positive reinforcement is a great way to help facilitate behavior change, and rewards for exercising regularly can help enhance motivation and enjoyment. Here are seven ideas, from simple to complex, you can suggest to clients to reward themselves for exercising regularly and improving their health.

Active Career Doing Well While Doing Good: Boost Your Bottom Line with Social Impact

Doing Well While Doing Good: Boost Your Bottom Line with Social Impact

As a health and fitness professional, adding a cause strategy to your bottom line is a way to not only better the community in which you live and work, but also to help build your personal brand.

Active Fitness Total Body Medicine Ball Workout

Total Body Medicine Ball Workout

On those days when you make it to the gym only to find that all of your favorite equipment is being used, you can take comfort in knowing that you can still get a great workout with this medicine ball circuit.

Active Fitness 3 Essential Movements for Your Kids

3 Essential Movements for Your Kids

Are you concerned about your child’s physical development and ability to move properly? While there are many critical movements that must be developed during early childhood, here are three specific movements to try with your children to make sure they are on the path to be able to participate, perform and enjoy physical activity for a lifetime.

Active Fitness Advocating for Healthy Communities

Advocating for Healthy Communities

How do fitness professionals make opportunities for physical activity accessible, safe and affordable? These tips can help make you an advocate for change in your community.

Active Career Health and Fitness Trends You'll See in 2017

Health and Fitness Trends You'll See in 2017

ACE pro Pete McCall describes what he believes will be the biggest health and fitness trends of 2017.

Active Wellness 8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

8 Ways Marijuana Affects the Body’s Response to Exercise

Regardless of your personal stance on the legalization of marijuana, as a health and fitness professional you must have an understanding of how marijuana affects normal physiological function so that you can help your clients make the best decisions for their health and fitness. Here are eight things to know about how this drug affects the body, each of which could have an impact on your client’s exercise program.

Active Fitness ACE's Top 10 Workouts in 2016

ACE's Top 10 Workouts in 2016

The year is almost up and there were plenty of workouts that challenged you or your clients! See ACE’s 10 best workouts that will have you working up a sweat!

Active Fitness How to work with clients who have disabilities

How to work with clients who have disabilities

How do we go about building an environment where everyone feels invited to fully participate? These seven tips can help you engage with all groups of people and create new opportunities to foster a physically active culture

Active Career What Health Coaches Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

What Health Coaches Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

To help you set yourself up for career success and longevity as a health coach, certified health and wellness coaches from around the country offer words of wisdom and practical advice they wish they had received earlier in their coaching careers.

Active Wellness Pokémon GO vs. FitBit—Which One Has America Walking More?

Pokémon GO vs. FitBit—Which One Has America Walking More?

There is no question that health technologies (like wearables and apps) can be effective tools for many people, offering motivation to those traveling down their own paths toward better health and wellness. But are some more effective than others? ACE technology expert Ted Vickey aims to answer the question that has been on the minds of many Americans this year: Which got America walking more—Pokémon GO or Fitbit?

Active Fitness Spooky Spine-Tingling Halloween Workout

Spooky Spine-Tingling Halloween Workout

For many, Halloween marks the start of the gluttonous holiday season, when it seems as though there are food-laden gatherings every time you turn around. Fortunately, you don’t have to be afraid of adding weight or losing your hard-earned gains this time of year. Here is a Halloween-themed workout that can help you stay fit and trim.

Active Nutrition 7 Healthier Halloween Treats Kids will Actually Love

7 Healthier Halloween Treats Kids will Actually Love

What healthy Halloween candy will actually excite trick-or-treaters (and parents) without completely breaking your bank? In other words, what treats fall between dental floss and a $5 bill?

Active Career 6 Tips on Email Etiquette for Health and Fitness Pros

6 Tips on Email Etiquette for Health and Fitness Pros

As a health and fitness pro, you are often on the go, and a full inbox makes it tempting to communicate with clients in shorthand or text-like fashion. Unfortunately, this shortcut can often be misconstrued as careless, unprofessional or even rude. Make sure your email game is on point by utilizing these six tips for better email etiquette in the fitness industry.

Active Fitness Take the Stairway to Fitness

Take the Stairway to Fitness

You likely pass by them every day, not realizing that a simple staircase offers endless opportunities to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Use these exercises as separate movements or combine them for a quick total-body workout.

Active Wellness Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

Recovery from a tough workout is all about getting the right combination of rest and movement to circulate blood, but not so much movement that you are introducing a new challenge to the body. Here are four creative and effective ways to do this.

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