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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.

Active Nutrition Why Your Diet is Causing Constipation

Why Your Diet is Causing Constipation

It’s not a topic most people want to talk about, but if you are constipated, making these healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle can help get things moving again.

Active Career Four Steps to Becoming an Online Personal Trainer

Four Steps to Becoming an Online Personal Trainer

Are you considering adding an online component of personal training or health coaching into your existing training or coaching business, but don’t know how to get started? Here are four simple steps to help you create a basic roadmap for your business and build from there: Plan, Prepare, Proceed and Pursue.

Active Career Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

Looking to fill your Instagram feed with real-life, motivating health and fitness pros and brands? From ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors to fitness influencers with something smart to say and companies making a positive difference in the industry, here’s a shortlist of folks who post eye-catching Insta-pics, motivational messages and inspiring exercises you won’t want to miss.

Active Fitness 5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

5 Steps to Helping Clients Feel Better With Exercise

While some people have a natural, intrinsic motivation to exercise, others literally drag their feet to the gym. A deeper understanding of what drives behavior and makes your clients want to be fit will help you to inspire them more effectively. Use these behavior change strategies and leading questions to keep clients on track and on your schedule.

Active Career The Value of Being a Versatile Health and Fitness Professional

The Value of Being a Versatile Health and Fitness Professional

If you’re new to the fitness industry, it can be easy to feel as though you want to specialize in one type of training, client or class. Learn why diversifying your skill set and being open to a wide range of educational and vocational opportunities will increase your versatility and usefulness, both to employers and potential clients.

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 Fitness Get Faster on the Bike with Interval Training

Get Faster on the Bike with Interval Training

When it comes to fitness, less may be better than more—but only if you’re hitting the right intensity level. Learn how to maximize your strength and cardio levels and get faster on the bike by adding one or two high-intensity workouts per week.

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 Fitness Why Strong Glutes are Key To Your Golf Swing

Why Strong Glutes are Key To Your Golf Swing

When it comes to swinging a golf club, most people think the arm muscles do the majority of the work, but it’s actually the gluteal muscle group that plays the biggest role in all aspects of the golf swing. Read on to learn how to help your golfing clients improve their game.

Active Career Cash in on Downtime With These 5 Simple Tasks

Cash in on Downtime With These 5 Simple Tasks

What do you do when you have an unexpected break in your schedule? Work out? Socialize? Check email? Hold up a minute! Take a deep breath and contemplate the next step. This pause can transform unexpected downtime into uptime for your business. Question your go-to habits and consider incorporating one of these proven strategies for getting ahead in your career.

Active Fitness 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.

Active Nutrition Superfood Soups for Fall

Superfood Soups for Fall

We often associate the word “superfood” with foods that are rich in nutrients that can positively impact our health. Gear up for the fall season with easy soup ideas using three very popular superfoods.

Active Fitness How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

How to Create an Unmatched Personal Training Experience

Clients want to feel confident that you have his or her best interests in mind. Creating this experience for clients is not a matter of just being an “energetic” butt-kicker. Rather, it’s a process of identifying all of the opportunities within a training session to connect and empower. Here are the four “E’s” to creating an unmatched training experience for your clients.

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 Fitness A Yoga Routine to Energize Your Morning (No Coffee Needed)

A Yoga Routine to Energize Your Morning (No Coffee Needed)

Start your morning off right with this time-efficient and thoughtfully designed at-home yoga routine. With a combination of invigorating breathing techniques and dynamic variations of postures, this sequence is designed to enhance stability and mobility, heighten awareness and prepare you for whatever the day may throw at you.

Active Fitness The Basics of Training Older Adults

The Basics of Training Older Adults

Have you considered training older adults? According to the United States 2010 Census Bureau report, more than 40 million Americans are age 65 or older. That’s a huge potential market for your health and fitness services. Here are some recommended exercises and workouts for older adults, as well as additional factors to be aware of when working with an older population.

Active Career Personal Trainer Salary Considerations

Personal Trainer Salary Considerations

If you are passionate about helping people create happier and healthier lives, you’ve undoubtedly considered a career as a personal trainer. There are many ways to enter this profession, but starting with education and certification is key. Certification is required for working in any established gym, but it will also give you instant credibility with potential clients and the tools you need to safely train your clients.

Active Nutrition Best Ways to Get Your Iron Levels Healthy

Best Ways to Get Your Iron Levels Healthy

If your iron levels are low, you may be feeling sluggish and find it difficult to muster up the strength or energy to get through a workout. The Nutrition Twins explain why iron is so important and what you can do to boost your iron intake.

Active Fitness A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

Life, says ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is a choice between “busy and unfit,” and “busy and fit.” Everyone is busy. So, what is the fix? With a few simple ingredients, Ross explains how you can make a workout fit the time you have instead of feeling frustrated trying to fit a 60-minute workout into a 20-minute window.

Active Nutrition DO YOU NEED AN OIL CHANGE? WHICH FATS YOU SHOULD BE EATING

DO YOU NEED AN OIL CHANGE? WHICH FATS YOU SHOULD BE EATING

From the “low-fat” craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s to the renewed love for fat sparked by the Paleo movement, many people are confused and unsure about fat; specifically, how to tell the good from the bad and how much to have. Here’s what you need to know about the different forms of dietary fats and how they can affect your risk of disease and overall health.

Active Career 10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

The following 10 tips will help you grow as an instructor while getting your participants moving with smiles on their faces and vitality in their movements.

Active Nutrition Do You Need More Protein?

Do You Need More Protein?

In the age of information, it seems as if everyone has an opinion on just about every subject, and arguably few areas are more heavily contested than nutrition. One search of the Internet is likely to turn up conflicting information—especially when it comes to how much protein you require.

Active Fitness 3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

The push-up is an all-around excellent exercise that is difficult to replace or duplicate, but when you've had enough of push-ups, any of the following exercises will do.

Active Nutrition 3 Macro-friendly Desserts

3 Macro-friendly Desserts

Learn the secrets to being able to enjoy sweets and not have them wreak havoc on the body, along with three macro-friendly dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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 Fitness 5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

Shoulders are a naturally mobile joint, making them prone to injury. These yoga poses can both strengthen and release tension in the shoulder muscles, helping to increase stability and decrease the risk of injury.

Active Nutrition What Do our ACE Pros Eat for Breakfast?

What Do our ACE Pros Eat for Breakfast?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day off right with these breakfast tips and recipes from some of our favorite ACE Pros.

Active Career How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

How to Set the Right Fees For Your Fitness Services

“What’s your fee?” This is a question that nearly every health and fitness professional must answer, but arriving at the right fee for your services can be tricky. Learn how to carefully and confidently consider the many variables involved in setting the right fee(s) for your fitness services and skill sets.

Active Fitness 7 Beach Workouts to Do in the Sand

7 Beach Workouts to Do in the Sand

The beach is an ideal place to get a great workout—the sand provides a great unstable surface and exercising outdoors is always a lot of fun. Whether you’re on vacation, live at the beach or just love to work out in the sand, these dynamic exercises will challenge your entire body.

Active Nutrition 5 Food Tricks to Boost Your Mood

5 Food Tricks to Boost Your Mood

If you’ve got the summertime blues (or the blues at any time of year, for that matter), don’t fear—these mood-boosting food secrets can help put a little extra pep in your step.

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 Career How to Get Clients Hooked

How to Get Clients Hooked

Do you know what motivates your clients? What helps them stick to the programs you design for them? Asking the right questions and helping your clients zero in on what and why they want to change can mean the difference between a successful trainer-client relationship and an experience that prompts them to start looking for a new trainer.

Active Fitness Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

Summer Exercise Choices for Individuals With Arthritis

Hot weather can exacerbate arthritis symptoms and eliminate all motivation to move. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to help manage the pain and discomfort of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Here are some great tips and exercises you can offer your clients that can help ease symptoms and reduce pain, no matter what the temperature is outside.

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 Nutrition 8 Food Facts Every Athlete Should Know

8 Food Facts Every Athlete Should Know

Whether your goal is to get lean, improve performance, or build muscle, proper nutrition is one of the key factors to success.

Active Nutrition How to hit the grocery store with health in mind

How to hit the grocery store with health in mind

Go to the grocery store prepared, with a list in hand, don’t dabble much in the middle aisles, and look for short, clean ingredient lists with a skeptical eye for misleading label terms.

Active Fitness Top 5 Rules for Cycling in a Group

Top 5 Rules for Cycling in a Group

Before you head out on your first group cycling ride, here are some hard-and-fast rules to help you maximize your safety and enjoyment.

Active Nutrition Essential Snacks For The Gym Bag

Essential Snacks For The Gym Bag

Heading out to the gym? Knowing what nutritious snacks to pack can help take your workout and recovery to the next level.

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 Fitness A Squat-free Workout to Strengthen the Glutes

A Squat-free Workout to Strengthen the Glutes

When it comes to training for strong glutes, the first exercise that typically comes to mind is the squat. But is the squat the best exercise to strengthen and develop a muscle that allows us to move in multiple directions? Check out this six-exercise glute-focused workout by ACE certified pro Elizabeth Andrews that will help you develop and strengthen your glutes, while also providing just enough instability to challenge your core stability—all without doing a single squat.

Active Career 4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

4 Ways to Amp Up Your Social Media Game

Most fitness pros rely on social media to market their products and services. Unfortunately, sometimes we spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social channels spinning our wheels and posting without much purpose.

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 Fitness 5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

If you’re a personal trainer or health coach, consider getting a group fitness instructor certification to help advance your career and keep you at the top of your game.

Active Nutrition 3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

3 Trendy Foods That Live Up to the Hype

The Nutrition Twins usually advise their clients to avoid diet trends like the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Master Cleanse because they aren’t worth the hype. However, when it comes to trendy foods, some are absolutely worth integrating into your regular eating repertoire. Here are three trendy foods that pack such a nutritional punch that they’re worth including in your diet.

Active Fitness 5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders that plagues the population. Whether it is acute or chronic and no matter where the pain stems from, it can be debilitating and can limit one’s ability to function in daily life.

Active Fitness IDEA World 2016 Recap

IDEA World 2016 Recap

The annual IDEA World Convention combines education, networking, social opportunities and an extensive expo hall featuring a wide variety of vendors into a single, “not to be missed” event. Whether you are a seasoned personal trainer with years of experience or a newbie motivated to learn more about fitness, IDEA World features dozens of education sessions and scores of vendors. There’s a little something for everyone.

Active Fitness Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

If you’re thinking about a career in personal training, it’s important to consider the unique requirements of this job, including technical skills and knowledge, and personality traits.

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