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Active Wellness How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

The research is clear—incorporating movement into the workday can positively impact employee health and a company’s bottom line. Learn about the benefits of walking meetings and specific strategies for helping your company encourage this enjoyable yet highly productive method for getting things done.

Active Wellness Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

Fitness technology has made it easier than ever to take positive steps toward better health and fitness, but too much of a good thing could actually lead you down a path to less-healthy behaviors and outcomes. Check out these tips for keeping your good intentions on track with three tech-related healthful habits that commonly go awry.

Active Wellness All About Hunger

All About Hunger

Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it needs food, but if you’re like most people, you sometimes eat for reasons that reflect other forms of hunger. Understanding the complex nature of hunger and appetite can help you differentiate when you’re truly hungry and when your hunger signals may reflect other needs.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Active Wellness 3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Exercise

3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Exercise

Virtual technology is here to stay, so if our goal as teachers, parents and health mentors is to get kids excited about exercise again, we need to acknowledge the competition and step up our game. Here are three ways we can start making exercise “cool” again to get kids off the couch and enjoying physical activity as a lifestyle.

Active Wellness Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

Why You Need to Walk it Out for Health

One of the very best ways for people of all ages and abilities to get moving is by walking. This isn’t just an effective form of activity; but it can also serve as a mode of transportation and allow you to spend more time outdoors and connect with your community.

Active Wellness Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

Until we develop the ability to travel back in time, we have to accept the fact that we can't stop the aging process. The good news is that a healthy lifestyle can be the proverbial fountain of youth and help you to slow down, and in some cases, reverse the effects of aging. Here are some general considerations for exercise, nutrition and lifestyle choices for each decade of the adult lifespan.

Active Wellness Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

There are a multitude of conditions that can cause hip pain, from trochanteric bursitis to osteoarthritis. The great news is that movement is the panacea for many of these conditions. Learn about the three most common causes of hip pain, as well as three effective fixes that will help get your clients back to their preferred activity levels.

Active Wellness How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

The second leading cause of death in the U.S.—cancer— is somewhat of a mystery. It’s not always clear why one individual gets cancer while another does not. This makes many people feel like they have no control. Quite the opposite is true.

Active Wellness 12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

We all need a little inspiration sometimes. Share these motivating musings on your social media to get your clients pumped up to get moving.

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 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 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 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 Wellness 5 Yoga Poses to Do Before You Go To Sleep

5 Yoga Poses to Do Before You Go To Sleep

Through deep breathing, long stretches and relaxing postures, yoga can help induce a good night’s sleep so you feel rested and ready for the day that lies ahead. Here’s a simple yoga sequence that is easy to do right before bed.

Active Wellness Why You Should Focus on Adding Healthy Habits to Your Life in the New Year

Why You Should Focus on Adding Healthy Habits to Your Life in the New Year

Every year, people all over the world resolve to overcome unhealthy habits by taking away certain elements from their lives. They vow to avoid desserts, to stop eating fast food and to stop logging so many hours at the office. But that never really seems to work. Fitness pro Jonathan Ross explains how we can improve the quality of our lives by focusing on adding healthy habits and activities instead of getting rid of bad ones.

Active Wellness A Review of the Healthcare System in 2015

A Review of the Healthcare System in 2015

Following the full rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and healthcare reform, the healthcare system saw some notable trends and signs of progress along with some setbacks in 2015. Here are a few of the highlights with the most relevance for health and fitness professionals.

Active Wellness 10 Daily Habits That Can Cause Muscular Imbalances

10 Daily Habits That Can Cause Muscular Imbalances

We all have unique movement patterns, and when certain muscles are overused and others are underused, compensation patterns result. Learn how you can help your clients adopt better movement patterns and identify common habits that can result in muscular imbalances.

Active Wellness 7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

7 Tips for Having Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Active Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease: How Exercise and Sleep Can Protect the Brain

Alzheimer’s Disease: How Exercise and Sleep Can Protect the Brain

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. There is hope, however, and it comes in the form of exercise and proper sleep—two treatments that also happen to have many other pleasant side effects beyond brain health.

Active Wellness 5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

5 Exercises to Improve Wrist Mobility

Working at a computer or typing on a tablet at phone all day is not unusual, but it means that many people are at risk for biomechanical issues or ailments such as wrist inflammation and carpal tunnel syndrome. These five elbow and wrist mobility stretches, however, can help ward off the numbness and tingling that are precursors to much more severe disorders, and can be performed in just minutes a day while sitting at a desk or in the car.

Active Wellness How Sleep Affects Your Weight and Performance

How Sleep Affects Your Weight and Performance

Do you view sleep as unproductive time? The truth is sleep is as important for your health as what you choose to eat and the exercise you do. It’s time to make a mental shift and view sleep as an investment in our health. Learn how sleep directly affects your weight and your performance during the day—and how you can optimize your sleep for better overall health and wellbeing.

Active Wellness 5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

5 Healthy Habits of Successful People

While exercise is essential, it isn’t the only healthy habit worth adopting. These five simple, but highly effective healthy habits can go a long way toward helping you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Active Wellness How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

How Sitting Too Much Affects Your Health

Sitting for extended periods of time has been identified as an unhealthy behavior that could put you at risk for a number of chronic medical conditions. Learn how excessive sitting can have a negative impact on your health and ways to add more movement to your day.

Active Wellness Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

New research suggests that being inactive may be even more hazardous to your health than previously believed—in fact, it may be twice as deadly as obesity. Learn about the new study and how much activity is needed to help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Active Wellness Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.

Active Wellness 9 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2014

9 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it is worth taking a few minutes to review the research to see what we have learned about how exercise and physical activity can help us stay healthy and achieve our fitness goals. Covering everything from exercise intensity to the role of micro-bacteria, here are nine facts about fitness that were either realized or validated over the past year.

Active Wellness Obesity Weighing Down Military Recruiting Efforts

Obesity Weighing Down Military Recruiting Efforts

Every day, young Americans whose greatest wish is to serve their country are turned away at recruiting stations because they are too overweight to join up. Drew Littman, policy director for the Campaign to End Obesity, argues that we must ensure that youth have access to the necessary preventative tools that enable them to eat better, exercise more and address the obesity epidemic that has now risen to become a national security issue.

Active Wellness Why You May Be Hitting a Weight-loss Plateau

Why You May Be Hitting a Weight-loss Plateau

Not all plateaus are bad, argues ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross. Often, a plateau offers the chance to take a break and reevaluate how you can best reach your goals. Ross explains how to recognize the difference between a good and bad plateau and how to keep making progress—along with your sanity—when you or your client reaches this point in the weight-loss journey.

Active Wellness Seven Habits of Healthy People

Seven Habits of Healthy People

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to know how to live healthfully and do all the right things? While a healthy lifestyle comes naturally to some, others have to work at it. Here are seven highly effective health habits that, when adopted gradually over time, can lead to huge health benefits.

Active Wellness 5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

5 Habits That Will Help Increase Your Longevity

We can’t avoid growing older, but our lifestyle habits can help determine or not those years are long and happy ones. Fortunately, living healthy doesn't have to be a chore. ACE Certified Pro Chris Freytag explains how to incorporate five habits into your normal routine that will equip you for the marathon that is life.

Active Wellness An Interview with the Campaign to End Obesity

An Interview with the Campaign to End Obesity

There’s no question that obesity is having a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of both America’s citizens and its economy. The Campaign to End Obesity was formed to help come up with policies, procedures and laws to help reduce the prevalence of obesity. The American Council on Exercise has joined this effort and invites you to learn how you can help. Here’s what you need to know about the Campaign to End Obesity and how you can get involved.

Active Wellness 3 Health Lies We Tell Ourselves

3 Health Lies We Tell Ourselves

A little self-delusion isn’t always a bad thing—it can help us cope during some of life’s greatest trials—but it can also derail our best intentions when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. ACE Certified Pro Jonathan Ross describes three of the most common health lies many of us tell ourselves to feel better and why they may be doing more harm than good.

Active Wellness Six Tips for Staying Cool during Summer Workouts

Six Tips for Staying Cool during Summer Workouts

Exercising outdoors in the summer can be a lot of fun, but it also can increase your risk of heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn how you can safely exercise outside even when the mercury is on the rise. Here are six tips for staying cool while you heat up that calorie burn.

Active Wellness Why We Need to Stop Obsessing over the Scale

Why We Need to Stop Obsessing over the Scale

Are your clients obsessed with the scale? They’re not alone. Too many people live and die by the number on the scale, explains ACE Certified pro Jonathan Ross, who recommends helping clients change their focus from weight to what they want to do in their lives. After all, living in a capable body that allows us to stay connected and fully participate in that which we love and to do it with those we love is what most of us truly seek from fitness.

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