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Active Wellness Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

As a health and fitness pro, your clients have likely turned to you for advice on choosing an activity tracker and how to get the most out of it. If you are unsure about how to answer their questions, here are suggestions for handling five FAQs about activity trackers.

Active Wellness Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Plateaus Rule! Why a Plateau Can Be the Best Thing to Happen in Your Pursuit of Fitness

Stuck on a plateau and hoping to get off? Jonathan Ross explains why plateaus shouldn’t be viewed as negative. Rather, they’re an opportunity to stop, rest and take stock of where you’re going and what new steps you need to take to get there, and to celebrate the progress you’ve already made.

Active Fitness Heart Opening Yoga Sequence

Heart Opening Yoga Sequence

Yoga is so much more than a physical practice; it is also a way to bring strength, balance and resilience to the emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves. One of the reasons why yoga makes us feel so amazing is that it gets the energy flowing through our bodies. And with a little know-how, we can choose poses that activate different energy centers (or chakras) in the body. Since it’s February, we thought it would be a perfect time to focus on opening the heart chakra, or anahata.

Active Wellness The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

The Secret to Aging Gracefully - Get Moving!

Though you can’t prevent yourself from aging, you can slow down its effects and ward off potential health threats by adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. We know that regular physical activity plays a critical role in ongoing health, but even just a moderate amount of exercise has been shown to have significant health benefits, especially for adults 50 years and older.

Active Fitness Tips for Couples Training Together

Tips for Couples Training Together

Exercising together as a couple can seem like a great idea—until one tries to push the other to exercise harder or you each want to do different activities. Here we examine some benefits to partner workouts, warning signs that your workouts may not be helpful to the relationship, and options for making exercise fun and healthy for both you and your significant other.

Active Career Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients

When it comes to losing weight or achieving fitness goals, research confirms the benefits of tracking both food intake and fitness activity. MyFitnessPal makes the process a lot easier than it used to be. Learn about some of the features of this app and tips for using it most effectively with your clients.

Active Behavior Change The Missing Link in the Health Care System: Agents of Behavior Change

The Missing Link in the Health Care System: Agents of Behavior Change

The responsibility of providing the breakthrough medicine of the 21st century must ultimately be borne by other health professionals—well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches, nurses, registered dietitians, medical assistants, physician assistants and others—who have received the proper training and gained the necessary expertise to create sustainable behavior change.

Active Nutrition Try This One Week Meal Plan to Boost Your Immune System

Try This One Week Meal Plan to Boost Your Immune System

The dreaded cold and flu season is here and it feels as if those invisible germs are lurking everywhere. In addition to frequent hand washing, jam-packing each meal with immune-boosting foods is a great way to reduce your risk for getting sick. Give this one-week meal plan a try, which was designed for busy people who don’t have a lot of time to cook during the week.

Active Fitness 5 Full-body BOSU Exercises Favorited By Master Trainers

5 Full-body BOSU Exercises Favorited By Master Trainers

Five of the country’s leading master trainers share their favorite full-body, go-to moves using the BOSU Balance Trainer.

Active Wellness 10 Ways Exercise Helps to Protect Your Heart

10 Ways Exercise Helps to Protect Your Heart

When it comes to preventing heart disease, there are some risk factors we can’t control, such as age and family history, but there are a number of things each of us can do to lower our risk. Number one on the list: regular physical activity. Read on for 10 ways exercise helps to protect your heart.

Active Fitness 5 Creative Body-weight Exercises

5 Creative Body-weight Exercises

There are endless options for body-weight exercises—squats, lunges and planks, to name just a few. But when people have too many familiar options, they often end up doing nothing because it’s just not appealing enough. Here are five novel body-weight exercises to offer your clients for those times when they need a fun and effective equipment-free workout.

Active Wellness 5 Reasons Walking is the Best Exercise During Pregnancy

5 Reasons Walking is the Best Exercise During Pregnancy

Walking offers countless health benefits, including increased strength and endurance and reduced stress levels. And, while walking is good for just about everyone, it is especially good for women who want to stay active throughout pregnancy.

Active Wellness Tackling the Inactivity Epidemic

Tackling the Inactivity Epidemic

For the first time since 2014, ACE has developed a new key policy position statement—The Inactivity Epidemic. Why did ACE decide to add another key issue to its advocacy efforts? Because we’re committed to monitoring and addressing current health trends, research and policies to ensure we’re focusing on the most current issues impacting the health and fitness industries.

Active Career Why Group Fitness Instructors Can Benefit From a Health Coach Education

Why Group Fitness Instructors Can Benefit From a Health Coach Education

If you’re a group fitness instructor who’s been teaching for a while, you may be wondering what other things you can do to increase your value or perhaps diversify your income. Perhaps you are looking for a way to reach more people and have a larger impact on those who need your help the most. If this sounds like you, it may be the right time to add health coaching to your professional credentials.

Active Fitness How to Maximize Efficiency of Workout Time

How to Maximize Efficiency of Workout Time

Delivering time-efficient, highly effective fitness programs is essential to creating a successful career as a personal trainer or health coach. Here is a creative system for helping you get the most of the time your clients spend in their workouts, and it starts with one simple rule: Always do something with all of your workout time.

Active Career Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

Nutrition Scope of Practice – What You Can Do as a Personal Trainer

When it comes to educating clients about nutrition, it can be a challenge to make sure you’re staying within your scope of practice as a health and fitness professional. Of course, you can’t avoid the topic altogether—clients need to be educated about proper nutrition. With that in mind, here’s what you can do to reduce your liability and still provide this necessary education to your clients.

Active Career Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

Health is holistic, and an excessive focus on the physical can discount or disrupt other areas. As a group fitness instructor, you can have a deeper impact on your participants’ lives by incorporating the following strategies, which target multiple components of health.

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 ICHWC Exam?

Interested in becoming eligible for the ICHWC Exam?

The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) 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.

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