Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

While the fall and winter seasons bring colorful changes, they can also be a source of struggle for many. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD (aptly named), is defined as a type of depression that results from the change in seasons. It's common to experience seasonal blues, but you do not have to suffer in silence. The first step to combatting seasonal depression is to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with SAD.

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How Daylight Savings Time Impacts Health

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How Daylight Savings Time Impacts Health

DST causes a cascade of reactions in the body and in our daily routines – much like a row of dominoes carefully organized, one small movement affects the entire system. Think about the human body as that row of dominoes and let’s take a deep dive into how that system is disrupted twice a year (depending on your geographic location as some states and areas do not observe DST).

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It’s Time to Ditch Diet Culture for Good

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It’s Time to Ditch Diet Culture for Good

When it comes to health and wellness, one of the loudest and most pervasive sources of misinformation is “diet culture”—the insidious belief that things like appearance and having an “ideal” body shape is more important than anything else. This article examines the steps you can take to help your clients identify diet culture and avoid falling into the trap of prioritizing often unattainable ideals at the cost of one’s health and well-being.

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Make Your Mark by Mastering the Rules of Evidence-based Program Design

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Make Your Mark by Mastering the Rules of Evidence-based Program Design

It can be tough to differentiate between quality, science-based information and the often-questionable advice of online fitness influencers. In this article, we examine the consequences of social media influence, outline specific program design rules you can use to create quality programs, and offer action steps you and your clients can take to identify and avoid garbage science.

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Goal Setting and the Ethics of Steering a Client Toward Different Goals

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Goal Setting and the Ethics of Steering a Client Toward Different Goals

As a coach, you are a partner on your client’s journey, not the director, but what do you do when a client’s goals seem misdirected or unrealistic? While it’s important to avoid steering a client toward the goals you think they should pursue, you can apply the theories and principles of goal setting to thoughtfully help clients better define their goals and create a roadmap for achieving them.

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Why Coaches Need a Coach

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Why Coaches Need a Coach

All helping professions, to varying degrees, experienced some sense of loss and even fear because of the ongoing pandemic. As such, there is a growing need for health coaches to unite and offer support and guidance to each other in more meaningful and formal ways. Read on to learn why health coaches need coaches to help them continually perform at their best.

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What to Do When Clients Share Sensitive, Dangerous or Inappropriate Information

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What to Do When Clients Share Sensitive, Dangerous or Inappropriate Information

As a health and exercise professional, it’s not surprising that your clients may come to view you as a trusted confidant, but do you know how to manage information that is considered sensitive, dangerous or inappropriate? Planning for the unexpected topics and situations will allow you to elevate your service to clients, keep them (and yourself) safe and remain within your scope of practice. 

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How to Enhance Mental Well-being: Insight From the Pros

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How to Enhance Mental Well-being: Insight From the Pros

The COVID-19 global pandemic forced many of us to make immediate and difficult changes to the ways in which we live, learn and work, and triggered significant mental health and well-being concerns. Three veteran health coaches offer their strategies for adapting, overcoming and thriving in the face of these challenges, both personally and professionally.

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What Does Wellness Mean to You?

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What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Wellness can be described in many ways. It is a concept that means something different to everyone. How we imagine wellness on an individual level varies from how our family and friends see their respective pictures of wellness. Identify the dimensions of your personal wellness, prioritize, and begin to understand more deeply what wellness means to you.

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Common Misperceptions About Behavior Change

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Common Misperceptions About Behavior Change

Prior to starting your professional journey, you may have held on to some not-so-helpful beliefs about behavior change—and chances are your clients still do. Veteran ACE Health Coach Dr. Erin Nitschke examines some of the common misperceptions about behavior change that might be hampering your clients’ progress and impeding your effectiveness as a health and exercise professional.

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Why Coaches Need a Coach

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Why Coaches Need a Coach

All helping professions, to varying degrees, experienced some sense of loss and even fear because of the ongoing pandemic. As such, there is a growing need for health coaches to unite and offer support and guidance to each other in more meaningful and formal ways. Read on to learn why health coaches need coaches to help them continually perform at their best.

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Common Misperceptions About Behavior Change

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Common Misperceptions About Behavior Change

Prior to starting your professional journey, you may have held on to some not-so-helpful beliefs about behavior change—and chances are your clients still do. Veteran ACE Health Coach Dr. Erin Nitschke examines some of the common misperceptions about behavior change that might be hampering your clients’ progress and impeding your effectiveness as a health and exercise professional.

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Best Practices in Virtual Health Coaching 

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Best Practices in Virtual Health Coaching 

Like many health and exercise professionals, you may be integrating virtual offerings into your existing services or migrating your practice to an entirely virtual platform. If you’re finding these processes challenging, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the necessary steps to successfully launch and/or transform your business to include virtual services. 

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The Science of Behavior Change (and Why It’s So Important)

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The Science of Behavior Change (and Why It’s So Important)

As the health and fitness industry evolves, we are seeing an increased emphasis on life fitness (not just physical fitness), and clients are interested in achieving goals that are more related to how they feel as opposed to how they look. This article examines why a better understanding of the science of behavior change will make you a more effective coach and be more successful in helping your clients achieve their goals.

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How Educators Can Help Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice

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How Educators Can Help Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Educational partners and established health and exercise professionals are uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between theory and practice for newly certified professionals. Here, a long-time adult educator shares her insight on how to create transformative learning experiences for students that transcends theories, concepts and principles.

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Rapport-building Techniques for the Digital Environment 

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Rapport-building Techniques for the Digital Environment 

Over the past year, health and exercise professionals have been challenged to learn how to cultivate rapport in a virtual environment while delivering a quality exercise experience for their clients. The digital world offers unique challenges, but with intention and invention you can create and strengthen bonds with your clients. Here’s how to build rapport in the virtual world of health and fitness. 

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Best Practices in Virtual Health Coaching 

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Best Practices in Virtual Health Coaching 

Like many health and exercise professionals, you may be integrating virtual offerings into your existing services or migrating your practice to an entirely virtual platform. If you’re finding these processes challenging, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the necessary steps to successfully launch and/or transform your business to include virtual services. 

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