Study: Making Exercise a Game Increases Adherence and Enjoyment

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Study: Making Exercise a Game Increases Adherence and Enjoyment

How do you motivate your clients to get up and exercise more? A team of researchers has one potential solution: Turn everyday exercise into a game. Learn about the results of a new pilot study, which suggest that a web-based game that can be played by anyone with a smartphone and an activity tracker could be a great way to encourage people to be more active.

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Study: Mindful Movement Lowers Stress and Offers Huge Boost to Well-being

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Study: Mindful Movement Lowers Stress and Offers Huge Boost to Well-being

Taking a walk may be a good opportunity to mentally review your to-do list, but using the time to instead be more mindful of your breathing and surroundings may help boost your well-being, according to the results of a new study. Learn how to help your clients use mindfulness to multiply the benefits of their activity, whether they’re working out in the gym or taking a walk around the neighborhood.

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Updates to Personal Trainer Certification Exam Content Outline

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Updates to Personal Trainer Certification Exam Content Outline

Here at ACE, we’re committed to ensuring our education and exams evolve with the health and fitness industry. Beginning July 1, 2018, a new Exam Content Outline for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam will go live. The changes are minor, but they will better equip you to get the relevant, science-based education you need to be competitive in the industry. With this update, you will also be better prepared to help clients achieve sustainable, healthy behaviors.

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Study Unlocks Key to Happiness

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Study Unlocks Key to Happiness

While physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly recommended to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions, less is known about the impact of physical activity on positive mental health conditions, such as happiness and contentment. A new study examines the relationship between physical activity and happiness, and identifies which populations are most likely to benefit from the effects.

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New Study Explores Age-related Benefits of Calorie Restriction

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New Study Explores Age-related Benefits of Calorie Restriction

While cutting calories has long been associated with weight loss, a growing body of research is examining the potential benefits of calorie restriction in preventing diseases such as cancer, diabetes and age-related neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Learn about the results of a new study, which suggest that calorie restriction may help slow aging and metabolism and protect against age-related disease.

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3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge Comes to a Close

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3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge Comes to a Close

The 3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a walking challenge that tracked steps and other selected forms of physical activity came to an end in March after six weeks of competition. This year’s challenge drew a record number of competitors—more than 700 individuals from 64 offices—a more than 200% increase from last year.

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Congress Living the ACE Mission

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Congress Living the ACE Mission

ACE’s mission is to get people moving. We do this by educating and certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, providing resources to communities to get moving, producing research and content to help consumers learn how to safely move more, by advocating for policies that create greater access to being active and by hosting our Congressional Fitness Challenge.

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Whole Eggs vs. Egg Whites: Which is Better for Post-workout Muscle Building?

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Whole Eggs vs. Egg Whites: Which is Better for Post-workout Muscle Building?

While there is much debate about the timing and composition of a post-workout meal or snack, a new research study helps shed some light on how consuming different types of protein alters how the body’s muscles build protein during the post-workout period. Learn why eating protein within its most natural food matrix tends to be more beneficial to muscles as opposed to getting one’s protein from isolated protein sources.

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Prescription for Activity Task Force: The Transition into Implementation

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Prescription for Activity Task Force: The Transition into Implementation

In this article, the final in a three-part series introducing the work of the Prescription for Activity Task Force, we discuss the transition from mapping out a plan to actually implementing the strategies involved in mobilizing healthcare to help more Americans achieve physical-activity guidelines, leading to better health outcomes and reductions in health disparities.

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American Council on Exercise Partners With Largest Online Personal Trainer Marketplace to Help ACE Certified Health and Fitness Professionals Grow Their Career

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American Council on Exercise Partners With Largest Online Personal Trainer Marketplace to Help ACE Certified Health and Fitness Professionals Grow Their Career

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) was recently named the preferred certification provider by Find Your Trainer (FYT), the largest online marketplace connecting NCCA-accredited personal trainers with clients.  

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New IDEA World Scholarship Sends 5 Exercise Professionals to 2018 IDEA World

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New IDEA World Scholarship Sends 5 Exercise Professionals to 2018 IDEA World

ACE and Peter and Kathie Davis, the pair that founded IDEA in 1982, established an IDEA World Convention Scholarship Fund in recognition of the exceptional work of exercise professionals and health coaches who are making a difference in their communities. The Davis’s will award up to five scholarships to attend the 2018 IDEA World Convention in San Diego, California, June 28-July 1.

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ACE Mover Must Haves: Physical-activity Trackers

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ACE Mover Must Haves: Physical-activity Trackers

Much like tailoring your clients’ workouts to suit their fitness goals, selecting the right activity tracker must be individualized and thoughtful. Engaging with an app that provides a tangible, visible reminder of a commitment to increasing physical activity might provide the extra nudge your clients need to stick with exercise.

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Study: Healthy Diet = Happy Child?

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Study: Healthy Diet = Happy Child?

As any parent will tell you, getting a child to choose carrots over cookies is no mean feat, leading many to give up and give in to their children’s preferences for less-than-healthy “kid” foods. But what if healthy eating was linked to happiness in children and happiness was linked to healthy eating? Learn about the results of a unique study of European children that examined the association between adherence to healthy dietary guidelines and children's psychosocial well-being.

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On Track for a Healthier 2018

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On Track for a Healthier 2018

The start of a new year is a chance to hit the reset button. We use this time to reflect on the previous year and plan to make positive changes in the year ahead. ACE Advocacy will remain committed to influencing legislation that incentivizes physical activity at worksites, creates standards for adequate physical activity in schools, establishes shared use agreements in communities and integrates both physical activity and ACE Professionals into the healthcare continuum.

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Lao Tzu and The Prescription for Activity Task Force

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Lao Tzu and The Prescription for Activity Task Force

After three separate think-tank style meetings and countless hours of work in between, the PfA Task Force completed a systems-change map that leads the United States toward an ultimate outcome of cultural transformation by the year 2035—a culture where physical activity is prioritized, feasible and enjoyable across diverse population groups; and where 50 percent or more of Americans in every community, demographic and age group achieve recommended levels of physical activity.

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Introducing the Prescription for Activity Task Force

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Introducing the Prescription for Activity Task Force

This is the first of three articles introducing the work of the Prescription for Activity Task Force. Learn about the participants in the Task Force, the ultimate objective that will serve as the central focus of their work and the process they used to map out a plan to help more people in the U.S. achieve the many benefits of a physically active lifestyle.

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All You Need to Know About the PHIT Act

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All You Need to Know About the PHIT Act

The Personal Health Investment Act (PHIT) (H.R. 1267/S.482) was introduced in both the House and Senate. This bipartisan bill had a historic number of original cosponsors, and currently has 115 cosponsors. Under the provisions of PHIT individuals and families alike would be able to use Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts to pay for an array of physical activity related expenses.

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