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Active Behavior Change Mission to Move

Mission to Move

Here at ACE, we’re on a mission to get people moving. And it all starts with our talented and dedicated health and fitness professionals, who are out there every day, putting their heart and soul into training, coaching and teaching others how to create meaningful transformations in their lives.

Active Behavior Change Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Why does health coaching matter to allied health?

Integrating health coaches into our healthcare system is one effective way that we can work toward a more preventive approach.

Active Behavior Change Body Awareness for Beginners

Body Awareness for Beginners

Body awareness is a form of mindfulness that helps you take better care of yourself, maximize exercise time and minimize risk for injury. The more in tune you are with your body, the more optimally it functions. Here are some quick and easy activities that you can do to incorporate greater body awareness into your daily routine.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Behavior Change Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

Do you feel like you don’t have the self-discipline or willpower to accomplish your goals? Those are just buzzwords, argues ACE pro Brett Klika, who offers three powerful ways to motivate yourself to start living extraordinary right now.

Active Behavior Change 5 Ways to Halt Clients' Bad Nutrition Habits

5 Ways to Halt Clients' 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 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 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 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 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 Behavior Change Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

Behavior Change Coaching for Weight Loss

Having a weight-management coach can make a huge difference in whether a person is able to successfully achieve and maintain weight loss. Part of the reason coaching experiences are often so successful in helping people achieve their weight-management goals is because the most effective weight-management coaches have mastered these five specific skills.

Active Behavior Change 5 Nutrition Changes Clients Need to Make to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

5 Nutrition Changes Clients Need to Make to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

When it comes to helping clients lose weight, we need to turn to the evidence and learn what science suggests is the most effective and, importantly, safe way to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Here are five nutrition practices that are likely to help guide people toward a healthy and sustainable weight.

Active Behavior Change Getting Your Clients to Make Lasting Behavioral Changes

Getting Your Clients to Make Lasting Behavioral Changes

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making lasting changes to one’s life—or to helping someone else make that change for themselves. Use these five strategies to help increase the likelihood that your clients will achieve long-term success and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Active Behavior Change Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity

Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity

Empathy, which is an evidenced-based skill, is incredibly valuable to health and fitness professionals in that it can help improve client adherence. Learn why mastering the skill of empathy is an essential key to reaching your clients affected by overweight and obesity.

Active Behavior Change How to Use Strengths-Based Coaching to Help Your Clients Reach Their Goals

How to Use Strengths-Based Coaching to Help Your Clients Reach Their Goals

Strengths-based coaching stems from the belief that clients are resourceful and have the capacity to make healthy changes—they just need help redirecting their focus away from their weaknesses and on to their strengths. Learn how strengths-based coaching can have a powerful effect on all your client’s workouts, actions and behaviors, making your role as coach and the client’s pursuit of health easier and more enjoyable.

Active Behavior Change 5 Simple Daily Strategies to Supercharge Your Energy

5 Simple Daily Strategies to Supercharge Your Energy

Feeling drained and depleted? It so, you’re not alone, given the demand-laden, busy, stressed-out lives most of us lead. Here are five simple steps you can take every day to ensure that your energy economy ends up in the positive column, so you can do more of the things that feed your soul.

Active Behavior Change Health Coaching: How the Profession, Impact and Opportunities Grew in 2015

Health Coaching: How the Profession, Impact and Opportunities Grew in 2015

Health coaches have never been in greater demand, as more and more people recognize the power of this profession to help people make lasting positive changes in health and well-being. The health-coaching profession is expected to continue to grow in 2016, as several recent studies and reviews have established the benefits of implementing coaching principles to improve health. Here is a small sampling of these findings.

Active Behavior Change Lessons Learned From Last Year’s New Year Resolution Mistakes

Lessons Learned From Last Year’s New Year Resolution Mistakes

The approach of the New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on this past year. Were you able to keep any resolutions you may have made? Now is a great opportunity to write down your 2015 achievements and to reflect on the past year by identifying any barriers that might have gotten in the way of reaching any of your goals.

Active Behavior Change Keep Your Long-Term Clients Motivated with These 3 Steps

Keep Your Long-Term Clients Motivated with These 3 Steps

Being able to motivate your long-term clients is an important aspect of being a successful health and fitness professional. Here are three steps to keeping your clients motivated over the long haul.

Active Behavior Change 3 Secrets to Forming New Healthy Habits

3 Secrets to Forming New Healthy Habits

When working with clients who are trying to change behaviors, the goal is to help them identify and integrate new, healthier behaviors into their daily lives. Helping clients to acquire a new habit, or to do away with a routine behavior that is deeply entrenched, takes time and a plan. Learn how you can help your clients successfully form new healthy habits without having to rely heavily on motivation.

Active Behavior Change Motivation Techniques for Your Hard-to-motivate Clients

Motivation Techniques for Your Hard-to-motivate Clients

Fitness, by itself, is rarely enough to keep people feeling motivated to exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. However, whatever any of us really love about life, it gets better when we do it in a fit, capable body. Learn how to help your clients find their “why” and connect it with fitness to provide a formula for a near endless supply of motivation.

Active Behavior Change How Healthy Habits Can Make Your Life Easier

How Healthy Habits Can Make Your Life Easier

To some, habit is a bad word, one associated with all kinds of negative and unhealthy behaviors. But habits can be healthy, too, and they can also make life a whole lot easier by removing the decision-making process from everyday life. Learn how to help your clients make small, positive changes over time that will add up to powerfully healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Active Behavior Change Ask Yourself These Five Questions to Achieve Greater Mindfulness

Ask Yourself These Five Questions to Achieve Greater Mindfulness

Finding balance and achieving mindfulness is a constant challenge, but it’s worth taking the time to invest in your mindset and yourself. Just remember that meaningful change doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it’s much like training for any other physical feat—you have to train consistently. Here are five questions worth asking yourself as you work toward achieving greater mindfulness.

Active Behavior Change Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

Making the Shift From “Educator” to “Facilitator”

“Telling” our clients what they need to do to reach their health and fitness goals rarely results in long-term lifestyle change. Instead, we need to help clients find the right answers within themselves. Learn how to transition from being an educator to a facilitator and help your clients find the strength and motivation within themselves to live healthier, happier lives.

Active Behavior Change Why Mind Control is Self-Control

Why Mind Control is Self-Control

Have you noticed that when certain situations arise, your inner voice and thoughts are often automatic? What if you could change your automatic patterns? ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how to start recognizing when negative thought patterns take hold and how to break the cycle and redirect your thoughts to something more positive and constructive.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Clients Find Greater Happiness

How to Help Clients Find Greater Happiness

What does it really take to live a happy, full-filling life? Research suggests that happiness is the result of the convergence of three things: emotional contentment, engagement and meaning. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains some of the science behind positive psychology, along with practical questions and techniques you can use with your clients to help them identify their personal keys to greater happiness.

Active Behavior Change The Causes and Effects of Physical Inactivity Among America's Youth

The Causes and Effects of Physical Inactivity Among America's Youth

Physical inactivity is a widespread problem in America, particularly among kids. As a health and fitness professional, you are likely driven to help people of all ages enjoy the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. This 6-part blog series offers a step-by-step approach to rebuilding physical literacy so you can help youngsters develop the skills necessary to be active for life.

Active Behavior Change The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The Role of a Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist

The demand for health coaching and behavior-change coaching has never been greater, with research demonstrating the value of coaching in helping people improve health behaviors and, as a result, quality of life. ACE has developed a general consensus and position on what it means to be a certified health coach versus a specialist in behavior change. Here’s what you need to know about this new and evolving field, and how it can enhance and expand your career as a health and fitness professional.

Active Behavior Change 5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

5 Steps to Build Behavior Change Principles Into Your Work

Are you tired of spending inordinate amounts of time developing tailored exercise programs only to have a client drop off after a few sessions? You can increase your impact and efficiency by incorporating a few key behavior-change principles into your personal-training program. Here are five ways to help incorporate behavior-change principles into your daily client interactions.

Active Behavior Change Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

Making the Transition from “Expert”-centered Programs to Client-Centered Programs

As a health and fitness professional, you can maximize client-behavior change through the use of coaching techniques such as open-ended questions and reflective listening to help a client explore his or her own motivations, strengths and benefits from making the change. By doing so, you shift your approach from “expert”-centered programs to client-centered programs, and set the stage for increased client success.

Active Behavior Change How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

How to Guide Clients Toward Behavior Change Using the ACE Cycle of Change

Anyone who has tried to help people make a behavioral change knows how difficult it can be, and not everyone is ready to make the changes we think they need to make to improve their health. Learn how to use the ACE Cycle of Change to help you tailor behavior-change interventions to your client’s readiness to change.

Active Behavior Change 7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

7 Reasons Clients Struggle With Compliance

If your clients don't make healthy choices outside of the gym, the best training program in the world can't help them. Don’t get frustrated—get informed. Here are seven reasons your personal-training clients may have a hard time sticking to their health and fitness goals.

Active Behavior Change 4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

4 Techniques to Master for Motivational Interviewing

As a health and fitness professional, it can be a challenge to get your clients to open up about the difficulties they face in making lasting behavior change. Motivational interviewing, however, can be an effective communication strategy for exploring the ambivalence your clients may feel about making healthy changes in their lives. From asking open-ended questions to affirming your clients’ responses, learn how to use this powerful technique with your clients.

Active Behavior Change Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching Your Goals

Thirty-five percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January, and most return to old habits by January 17. Why is this? It comes down to one thing, and one thing only: mindset. ACE Certified health and fitness pro Allison Hagendorf explains how to rewire your association with habitual behaviors and give yourself the best possible chances of achieving your New Year’s goals.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

How to Help Your Clients Develop Intrinsic Motivation for Exercise

What really motivates your clients to exercise when they are not with you? Do you assume that your passion for fitness can transfer onto your clients so they will love fitness and exercise as much as you do? ACE Certified pro Dominique Wakefield explains how to purposefully interact with your clients to help them develop intrinsic motivation for exercise for greater long-term adherence.

Active Behavior Change How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

How to Work with Clients Who Have Unrealistic Goals

Every trainer has had—or will have—a client who begins with unrealistic goals. ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross explains how to turn the challenge of unrealistic goals into an opportunity to help steer clients toward realistic, short-term goals that will provide continued motivation and increased chances for success.

Active Behavior Change How to Coach the New Exerciser

How to Coach the New Exerciser

If you’ve been active your whole life, it can be a challenge to understand the mindset of a beginning exerciser. Novice exercisers require coaching strategies that differ from the traditional, everyday exerciser. These methods, tips and guidelines will help you understand the mindset of beginning exercisers and what it takes to help them reach their goals.

Active Behavior Change How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

Why do people fail at their New Year’s resolutions an average of six times? Unrealistic goals. It is easy to set our clients—and ourselves—up for failure if we are not realistic with goals. Here are four key steps for helping our clients make and stick to their goals in 2015.

Active Behavior Change Top Workplace Wellness Trends for 2015

Top Workplace Wellness Trends for 2015

Looking ahead to 2015, businesses will be more motivated than ever to help keep their employees healthy and happy. From the Affordable Care Act to revamping company culture, here are the top health and fitness trends affecting businesses and their employees in 2015.

Active Behavior Change Health Coaching: Empowering Clients Through Behavior Change

Health Coaching: Empowering Clients Through Behavior Change

Good health coaches combine the science of exercise and weight management with the art of coaching and communication to deliver effective messages to help clients make meaningful changes that they can maintain for life. Learn how to use the health coach’s techniques of motivational interviewing and cognitive coaching to help your clients achieve lasting behavioral change that will result in better health and wellness.

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