Hiring Well-Qualified Exercise Professionals: The Importance of Accreditation

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Hiring Well-Qualified Exercise Professionals: The Importance of Accreditation

As an exercise professional or health coach, it is important to understand and be familiar with the differences between NCCA accredited certifications and non-accredited certifications. Knowing the standards of each certification type can help inform your hiring processes, career goals, professional growth and professional responsibility.

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ACE Applauds Revisions to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans | New guidelines more usable for more Americans, highlighting the value of even small, incremental bits of physical activity

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ACE Applauds Revisions to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans | New guidelines more usable for more Americans, highlighting the value of even small, incremental bits of physical activity

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) supports the first-ever revision to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (Guidelines), underscoring the essential role they play in setting the bar for a more physically active nation.

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Study: A Little Bit of Exercise Can Help Boost Memory

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Study: A Little Bit of Exercise Can Help Boost Memory

Your clients know exercise is essential for their physical health, and that it’s good for their emotional well-being as well. But imagine how much more motivated they might feel if they knew even a light bout of exercise could significantly enhance their ability to remember things? Learn about the results of a new study that suggests that people who include a little walking, yoga or tai chi in their day may be more likely to remember things like where they put their keys.

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Support the Use of FSAs and HSAs for Personal Training and Group Exercise by Contacting Your Senators

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Support the Use of FSAs and HSAs for Personal Training and Group Exercise by Contacting Your Senators

With the passage of H.R. 6199 in the U.S. House of Representatives, we have overcome the first hurdle for getting PHIT Bill language turned into law. Now the issue will be taken up with the U.S. Senate where it will need 60 votes to pass. Securing those votes will be challenging, so we need your support.

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New Study Investigates Link Between Physical Activity and Early Menopause

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New Study Investigates Link Between Physical Activity and Early Menopause

The question of whether or not there is a relationship between physical activity and menopause has gone unanswered for decades, with some studies suggesting that women who are very physically active may be at lower risk of menopause before the age of 45, while others have found evidence of the opposite effect. A new study—the largest of its kind—may finally have the answer.

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The Role of Exercise Professionals and Health Coaches in Cardiac and Stroke Prevention

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The Role of Exercise Professionals and Health Coaches in Cardiac and Stroke Prevention

According to the CDC’s September 7th Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, heart disease and stroke-related illness can be prevented through a series of small changes sustained overtime. ACE believes that well-qualified exercise professionals and health coaches are ideally suited to join the teams working to support efforts to reduce the number of cardiac events in their communities.

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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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