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8 Fitness Trends for 2018

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 is winding down and it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2018, which is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and try to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year. Check out these eight trends, which represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth for 2018.

Impacts of the New Blood Pressure Guidelines

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

From the perspective of health and fitness professionals, it is encouraging to see that along with the new definition for high blood pressure, the immediate call to action for managing elevated blood pressure first involves lifestyle changes.

Exercise for Optimal Brain Function

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 22, 2017

The same strategies that contribute to a healthy heart—eating well, staying physically active, keeping stress levels low, maintaining a healthy weight—can also contribute to a healthy brain. Learn about additional steps you can help your clients take, such as adding complex and novel movement patterns, to enhance brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

7 Things to Know About Cryotherapy

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, July 27, 2017

As a health and fitness professional, you can recommend the use of ice along with rest to reduce discomfort in a sore muscle, but what about a more intense form of whole-body cold therapy called cryotherapy? Here are seven things to know about cryotherapy to help determine whether it is appropriate for your clients’ fitness goals.

Genetics or Lifestyle: Which Matters More for Men's Health?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, May 22, 2017

When it comes to living a vital, healthy life, what matters more, genetics or lifestyle? ACE Pro Jonathan Ross tackles this age-old question, comparing genetic determinism with the effects of a healthy lifestyle, and argues that your mindset and approach to day-to-day life, which largely determines the choices we make each day, might be the most important factor of all.

Take a walk together

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Whether you’re an exercise professional, community organization or health advocate, starting a community walking group is really quite simple; and it’s a great way to get people moving and impact the health of your community.

Why There’s No Such Thing as “The Best” Exercise

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

“What is the best exercise I should be doing?” Every health and fitness professional has been asked this question at one time or another, but if there’s one thing the research has shown over the past several decades it’s that, when it comes to exercise, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. ACE Pro Jessica Matthews offers three important factors to consider when explaining to clients and participants why there is no single “best” exercise for everyone.

How Walking Meetings Improve Productivity

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 20, 2017

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.

Healthy Fit-tech Habits Gone Bad

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 17, 2017

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.

All About Hunger

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 10, 2017

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.

Body Awareness for Beginners

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 24, 2017

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.

Answers to 5 Common Client Questions About Activity Trackers

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 17, 2017

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.

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

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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.

10 Ways Exercise Helps to Protect Your Heart

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, February 2, 2017

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.

5 Reasons Walking is the Best Exercise During Pregnancy

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, January 27, 2017

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.

6 Ways to Retrain Yourself for a Healthier New Year

By Webmaster on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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.

4 Fitness Pros Advocating for Health Across the Country

By Webmaster on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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.

Fit Gifts for 2016

By Webmaster on Friday, December 16, 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.

Make Mindful Mistakes this Holiday Season

By Kari Luu on Friday, December 2, 2016

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.

Creative Strategies for Rest and Recovery

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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.

3 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Exercise

By Kari Luu on Friday, October 7, 2016

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.

Exercise for Each Decade of the Adult Lifespan

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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.

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

By Kari Luu on Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

Why Hip Pain is So Common and How to Address It

By Kari Luu on Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

How Exercise Lowers Risks of Cancer

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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.

Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

By Kari Luu on Thursday, August 11, 2016

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.

12 Inspiring Health and Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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

5 Ways to Halt Clients' Bad Nutrition Habits

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.;

Boost Your Endurance With Low-intensity Workouts

By Kari Luu on Friday, July 15, 2016

If you’re an endurance athlete looking to improve your race performance, low-intensity workouts—exercises that keep you at a relatively low heart rate for a prolonged period of time—are the key to building your endurance. Learn about the 80/20 rule and why running more slowly can ultimately help you run faster.

6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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.

7 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

By Kari Luu on Monday, July 11, 2016

Don’t let the heat keep you from your favorite activities. Here are seven strategies for staying cool during summer workouts.

Three Myths About Fitness Technology and Why It’s Essential

By ACE FITNESS on Saturday, July 9, 2016

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.

4 Steps to Help Your Clients Prevent a Diet Relapse

By Kari Luu on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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.

Are Americans Becoming More Health Conscious?

By Kari Luu on Friday, May 27, 2016

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.

Why Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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.

Epigenetics: Passing on obesity or other health paramaters through genes

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

You have more control over your physical health and well-being than you may realize. Learn how exercise can positively impact obesity, even if the tendency toward overweight and obesity runs in your family.

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

By Lee Jordan on Friday, February 5, 2016

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.

Study: Lack of Exercise Twice as Deadly as Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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.

Improve Your Skin Health with Exercise and Nutrition

By The Nutrition Twins on Friday, November 14, 2014

If you need yet another reason to get motivated to step up your nutrition and fitness, add amazing, glowing, healthy skin to the list. The Nutrition Twins explain the types of exercise and specific foods you should choose to improve the health and appearance of your skin.

How Stress Affects Your Waistline

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You know stress is bad for you, but do you know exactly how bad? It’s much worse than you think. Dr. Michael Mantell describes the high cost of stress-inducing thinking on both the brain and the body, and explains why halting these thoughts in their tracks is essential to both your health and your waistline

Client Motivation Beyond New Year’s Resolutions

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Even at the start of a New Year, when motivation to lose weight is at its peak, helping your clients stick to their programs can be challenging. Here are some great tools and tactics you can use to help your clients reach their goals and create meaningful change that will last a lifetime.

How to Mentally Prepare Your Clients for the Holidays

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, November 8, 2012

We’re fast approaching that time of year when all resolve and willpower seem to go out the window. Learn how to motivate your clients to stay on track by helping them make SMARTER health and fitness goals that give them the greatest chances for success.

Genetics and Health: The New Frontier

By Mark Kelly on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scientists have developed a test to determine how individuals are genetically programmed to respond to exercise, but knowing the answer could be a two-edged sword. Learn why this DNA test may be useful or harmful, depending on the expectations of the individual, and how fitness professionals can help clients use this information to their best advantage.

Gain Optimal Advantage for Life with Breakthrough Goal Setting

By Michael Mantell on Monday, June 18, 2012

Only about 3% of people set goals for themselves and follow them through to the end. Don’t underestimate the value of goal-setting – for yourself and your clients. Determine what your clients want to achieve, have them write it down and help them take steps to turn it into reality.

Transform Your Career, Coach!

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why would your clients settle for a Model-T when they could have a new Corvette? Don’t use the old model of personal training; be a coach. Explore how going beyond biomechanics and exercise program design can help your clients achieve more, and build your business in the process.