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Fitness Active The Pilates Ball Core-strengthening Workout

The Pilates Ball Core-strengthening Workout

The Pilates ball is an effective training tool because it promotes core stabilization by adding resistance, which forces exercisers to activate their pelvic floor muscles. These eight Pilates ball exercises, which can be added into an existing routine or performed together in a single workout, are a great way to challenge the deep layers of your core.

Fitness Active Back to the Basics: How to Create Innovative Fitness Programs

Back to the Basics: How to Create Innovative Fitness Programs

Wondering how to keep your clients’ routines effective and fresh? Sometimes the best challenges are not created from the latest trend, but from the knowledge that lies within. Learn how to use your knowledge of human movement and anatomy to creatively design programs that your clients will love.

Active 8 Motivational Quotes to Inspire New Beginnings

8 Motivational Quotes to Inspire New Beginnings

New beginnings can be both exciting and scary, depending on your perspective. Here are eight quotes that could be the inspiration you need to get started on a journey toward a healthier, happier life.

Fitness Active 8 Hip-strengthening Exercises Using the Versa Loop

8 Hip-strengthening Exercises Using the Versa Loop

Chronic sitting produces a weaker posterior chain, a lack of range of motion, stiff muscles and compensation by using the joints above and below during movement. The following routine, which features the Versa Loop and includes exercises that focus on one or more areas of the hip, can be used for corrective exercise or as part of a client’s regular routine.

Active 7 Exercises to Improve Core Strength

7 Exercises to Improve Core Strength

You don’t need fancy equipment to strengthen your core—even your own body weight can provide sufficient challenge. Check out these seven core-strengthening exercises, which can be added to your existing routine and require little or no equipment.

Behavior Change Active 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.

Nutrition Active 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.

Fitness Active 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.

Fitness Active 6 Exercises For Stronger Triceps

6 Exercises For Stronger Triceps

These six exercises include a combination of traditional isolation and innovative functional movement exercises to target all three heads of the triceps—the long head, lateral head and short head. Incorporate these exercises into your clients’ routines based on their individual training protocols and fitness goals.

Wellness Active 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.

Fitness Active 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 6 Diet and Nutrition Myths Debunked

6 Diet and Nutrition Myths Debunked

“Carbohydrates make you gain weight.” This is one of the many diet myths that abound these days, fueled by food marketing and the diet industry. But what’s really behind these myths? The simplest explanation is usually closest to the truth, and this applies to nutrition, too. When it comes to healthful eating, the key to success is to eat fresh, whole foods and well-balanced meals.

Active Exercise Myths vs. Realities

Exercise Myths vs. Realities

“You need a sports drink after you work out to help your body recover.” Sound familiar? The world of exercise is cluttered with myths and misperceptions. Many of these myths persist because of the way fitness is portrayed in the media; other myths withstand the test of time because there’s a lot of money behind them. The fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar business, after all. Let’s take a look at six common exercise myths and realities.

Wellness Active 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.

Wellness Active 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 Yoga: Myth vs. Reality

Yoga: Myth vs. Reality

It’s estimated that over 20 million people in the U.S. practice yoga, and this number is growing every day. Yoga classes typically combine stretching and poses with breathing techniques, and serve as a wonderful way for people to de-stress and move their bodies. Yet this ancient practice is still often misunderstood.

Fitness Active 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.

Fitness Active A Basic High-intensity Interval Training Routine for Beginning Exercisers

A Basic High-intensity Interval Training Routine for Beginning Exercisers

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) continues to be extremely popular, but many programs are too challenging for beginning exercisers. The key to designing HIIT programs for beginning clients is to start simple and gradually progress to more complex movement patterns. Here is a sample workout and some basic guidelines for creating safe and effective HIIT programs for your new participants and clients.

Fitness Active 7 Basic BOSU Balance Exercises

7 Basic BOSU Balance Exercises

The BOSU is an effective tool for training both static and dynamic balance, as well as training motor skills, kinesthetic awareness and proprioception. This basic balance sequence provides progression tips to help you adapt the exercises to the fitness levels of your clients, and helps them build the foundation they need to pursue more challenging exercises.

Fitness Active Strength and Cardio Circuit for Beginning Clients

Strength and Cardio Circuit for Beginning Clients

Most cardio circuits alternate between strength and cardio exercises. Beginning exercisers, however, may find this format to be too challenging, especially in relation to their cardiorespiratory fitness level. This UCLA circuit, which focuses on the upper body, core, lower body and cardio, is a great way to introduce this effective training format to beginning exercisers.

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