Understanding Long COVID: What to Do When Exercise May Do More Harm Than Good

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Understanding Long COVID: What to Do When Exercise May Do More Harm Than Good

Although the threat of COVID-19 may feel as though it’s waning, evidence suggests the incidence of long COVID is rising. Marked by a range of ongoing health problems that may flare up after an initial infection, long COVID can make exercising painful—and it may even make symptoms worse. In this article, we examine what is currently known about long COVID and offer tips on how to help your clients who may be trying to return to exercise after having long COVID.

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Shifting Priorities: A More Holistic View of Wellness

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Shifting Priorities: A More Holistic View of Wellness

As a health and exercise professional, you are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle, which can make it difficult to relate to clients who struggle to do the same. New research shows that, since the pandemic, more people are prioritizing their health and taking a more holistic view of wellness. Learn what people now say is motivating them to make healthy changes—and how you can help them stay motivated to achieve their goals.

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Discipline = Freedom: How Systemization Can Support Behavior Change

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Discipline = Freedom: How Systemization Can Support Behavior Change

Systemizing your life means creating a repeatable process that helps eliminate the need for willpower or decision making. Learn how to help your clients develop self-discipline to set themselves up for success and minimize stress and in-the-moment decision making to optimize behavioral outcomes, whether that’s through better nutrition, more exercise or other lifestyle changes they may be pursuing.

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Lessons Learned From COVID: Four Steps to Managing Fluctuations in Income

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Lessons Learned From COVID: Four Steps to Managing Fluctuations in Income

One of the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that, as a health and exercise professional, you need to be able to quickly pivot to continue to support and find new ways of serving your clients or participants so that you can maintain a steady income during even the most trying of times. This step-by-step approach to minimizing and managing fluctuations in income can help you better weather life’s inevitable economic ups and downs.

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Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance

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Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance

As a health and exercise professional, you have likely had to reinvent yourself and find ways to serve your clients or participants while working from home or in new environments. Like many others, you may be feeling overwhelmed, so we sought the advice of those who have been working within the industry for some time and represent a range of lifestyles and responsibilities. Here, they offer their best tips for achieving work/life balance, whatever that might mean to you.

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Surviving or Thriving? How to Recognize and Address Professional Burnout

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Surviving or Thriving? How to Recognize and Address Professional Burnout

Are you among the millions of people who report feeling burned out and overwhelmed? As a member of a helping profession, you may be particularly vulnerable to experiencing the effects of burnout, which can make it hugely challenging to perform well in your job. Learn how to spot the signs of burnout and the steps you can take to go from merely surviving to thriving.

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Exploring Opportunities Within the Nutrition Scope of Practice

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Exploring Opportunities Within the Nutrition Scope of Practice

Nutrition is an important topic for health coaches and exercise professionals to understand, as changes in the industry and in technology have greatly broadened the types of services you can offer to your clients and participants while staying within your defined scope of practice. Learn how providing these expanded services can enhance your practice, allow you to make more money and grow your business.

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Lessons Learned From COVID: Four Steps to Managing Fluctuations in Income

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Lessons Learned From COVID: Four Steps to Managing Fluctuations in Income

One of the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that, as a health and exercise professional, you need to be able to quickly pivot to continue to support and find new ways of serving your clients or participants so that you can maintain a steady income during even the most trying of times. This step-by-step approach to minimizing and managing fluctuations in income can help you better weather life’s inevitable economic ups and downs.

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Discipline = Freedom: How Systemization Can Support Behavior Change

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Discipline = Freedom: How Systemization Can Support Behavior Change

Systemizing your life means creating a repeatable process that helps eliminate the need for willpower or decision making. Learn how to help your clients develop self-discipline to set themselves up for success and minimize stress and in-the-moment decision making to optimize behavioral outcomes, whether that’s through better nutrition, more exercise or other lifestyle changes they may be pursuing.

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Is a Slower Metabolism Really to Blame for Middle-aged Weight Gain?

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Is a Slower Metabolism Really to Blame for Middle-aged Weight Gain?

The findings of a new study on daily expenditure across the lifespan run counter to a lot of the beliefs many of us have about the way metabolism changes as we age. As the researchers discovered, the physiological changes that take place as we pass from one decade into the next likely have more to do with lifestyle factors and body-composition changes than they do with a naturally slowing metabolism.

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Rethinking the Concept of Calories In vs. Calories Out

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Rethinking the Concept of Calories In vs. Calories Out

The oversimplification of the “eat less and move more” solution to weight loss has caused immeasurable amounts of frustration, as most people tend to blame themselves for their inability to keep weight off over the long term. Learn why it’s so important to reeducate your clients on the complexity of weight loss and help them find a dietary approach that they can incorporate into their lifestyles.

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Harnessing the Power of Ritual

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Harnessing the Power of Ritual

How can you help your clients harness the power of their habits and turn them into rituals that drive meaningful and lasting behavior change? Learn why the answer may lie in expanding a client’s recognition and understanding of their current habits and then layering them with meaning by considering the client’s personal values and incorporating social support.

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Help Your Clients Build the Social Support They Need to Succeed

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Help Your Clients Build the Social Support They Need to Succeed

Social support is an essential element of success for anyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Some of your clients, however, will not have the degree or type of social support they want or need. This article presents strategies your clients can use to bring loved ones on board with their plans and explains how to identify alternate sources of social support and set SMART goals that enhance self-efficacy and autonomy.

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: How Adaptive Training Compares to Traditional Resistance Training

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: How Adaptive Training Compares to Traditional Resistance Training

Adaptive resistance exercise equipment uses artificial intelligence to create workouts that are safe, controlled and use quantifiable resistance, but how do these workouts compare to free weights or traditional resistance-training machines? Researchers in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology Program at Western Colorado University set out to find out the answer.

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Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance

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Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance

As a health and exercise professional, you have likely had to reinvent yourself and find ways to serve your clients or participants while working from home or in new environments. Like many others, you may be feeling overwhelmed, so we sought the advice of those who have been working within the industry for some time and represent a range of lifestyles and responsibilities. Here, they offer their best tips for achieving work/life balance, whatever that might mean to you.

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Quantifying EPOC After REHIT

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Quantifying EPOC After REHIT

Does a reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) bout result in a significant caloric burn (known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC) after the workout is over? Learn why the results of this study confirm that the benefits of REHIT extend beyond the workout itself and are comparable to traditional moderate-intensity workouts that last much longer.

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Rethinking the Concept of Calories In vs. Calories Out

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Rethinking the Concept of Calories In vs. Calories Out

The oversimplification of the “eat less and move more” solution to weight loss has caused immeasurable amounts of frustration, as most people tend to blame themselves for their inability to keep weight off over the long term. Learn why it’s so important to reeducate your clients on the complexity of weight loss and help them find a dietary approach that they can incorporate into their lifestyles.

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Is BODYJAM an Effective Workout?

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Is BODYJAM an Effective Workout?

From Jazzercise to Zumba and everything in between, the fitness industry has been building on the concept of burning calories through dance for more than 50 years. This latest ACE-commissioned study takes a look at one of the newer dance-based programs—BODYJAM by Les Mills—to determine if it’s a good workout and how many calories participants can expect to burn in a typical class.

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Can Foam Rolling Improve Sports Performance? 

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Can Foam Rolling Improve Sports Performance? 

Foam rollers are often used during the warm-up of an exercise session or as a means of recovery between workouts, but how effective are they for improving performance? In an effort to bring some clarity to the topic, researchers evaluated the training effects of foam rolling on lower-body flexibility and mobility and performance. Also included is a video demonstrating foam-rolling exercises that you can share with your clients.

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ACE RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Really Work? 

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ACE RESEARCH: Does the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model Really Work? 

Since first introducing the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model more than a decade ago, ACE has been supporting research to investigate its effectiveness in real-world settings. This article describes the year 1 results of an ongoing study comparing the effectiveness of personalized exercise programming using the ACE IFT Model to standardized training protocols.

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Survive or Thrive? 5 Positive Coping Strategies for Challenging Times

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Survive or Thrive? 5 Positive Coping Strategies for Challenging Times

Like many Americans, you and your clients may be experiencing a whole new set of challenges this year, and many people are using negative coping mechanisms to fight their way through. As a health and exercise professional, consider introducing your clients to the positive coping strategies presented here, and perhaps use a few of them yourself. No one is immune to the emotions tied to this pandemic, so be as kind to yourself as you are to your clients.

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