6 Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease

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6 Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month, a designation intended to remind people to focus on their cardiovascular health. Is it possible to reverse the process of heart disease? Can our clients make up for the sins of their youth by adopting a healthy lifestyle later in life? This article presents the most current, evidence-based strategies for the prevention of what continues to be the leading cause of death among Americans.

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Exercise Programming for Clients With Parkinson’s Disease

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Exercise Programming for Clients With Parkinson’s Disease

An estimated 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, which is a common neurodegenerative disease that can affect the ability to perform common, daily activities. This article highlights nine key exercise programming considerations for clients with Parkinson’s and is intended as a guide for health and exercise professionals who currently or may one day work with clients who have Parkinson’s disease.

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Ask ACE: Help Your Clients Return to Exercise After the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Ask ACE: Help Your Clients Return to Exercise After the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is another article in an ongoing Q&A series in which ACE experts answer your health and exercise questions. From nutrition to youth fitness, you’ll find detailed answers to many of the questions that may come up in your work with clients. In this installment, Dr. Lance Dalleck answers your questions about returning to regular exercise post-COVID pandemic.

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How to Exercise Safely When Allergies (or Poor Air Quality) Attack

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How to Exercise Safely When Allergies (or Poor Air Quality) Attack

Longer and hotter summer months are associated with increased air pollution and more potent seasonal allergies, which means health and exercise professionals need to help their clients take extra precautions when exercising outdoors. This article outlines strategies you can use to help your clients perform outdoor activities safely and effectively when pollution and seasonal allergies are on the rise.

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Aging and Training Recovery: What Health and Exercise Professionals Need to Know

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Aging and Training Recovery: What Health and Exercise Professionals Need to Know

Aging results in numerous changes across multiple physiological systems that make proper recovery protocols especially important. As a health and exercise professional, understanding this intersection between aging and training recovery will enable you to help your clients achieve their goals, whether they want to compete in masters-level athletics or simply keep up with their grandchildren.

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6 Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease

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6 Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month, a designation intended to remind people to focus on their cardiovascular health. Is it possible to reverse the process of heart disease? Can our clients make up for the sins of their youth by adopting a healthy lifestyle later in life? This article presents the most current, evidence-based strategies for the prevention of what continues to be the leading cause of death among Americans.

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Beyond the Research: Lessons Learned From the ACE Mover Method Study

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Beyond the Research: Lessons Learned From the ACE Mover Method Study

Last year, we reported exciting preliminary findings from an ACE-supported study demonstrating that the ACE Mover Method is a successful strategy for facilitating behavior and lifestyle changes. This article expands on that earlier report and identifies some of the important individual lessons we learned that you can use to enhance and support your work with clients.

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It's Time to Introduce Your Clients to High-intensity Functional Training

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It's Time to Introduce Your Clients to High-intensity Functional Training

A growing body of research suggests that high-intensity functional training (HIFT), which combines high-intensity cardiorespiratory and muscular-training exercises, is both safe and effective for improving cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and power, as well as overall health. Here’s what you and your clients need to know about HIFT.

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Time-efficient Exercise Programming: Beyond Aerobic HIIT

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Time-efficient Exercise Programming: Beyond Aerobic HIIT

Much like time-efficient cardiorespiratory exercise programming, considerable advances have been made in creating time-efficient programming for resistance exercise. Introducing clients to time-efficient resistance-training workouts is particularly important given that low muscular fitness has been identified as an independent and powerful predictor of chronic disease risk and premature mortality.

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Client-centered Assessments: Past, Present and Future

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Client-centered Assessments: Past, Present and Future

Not all clients need or desire a complete fitness assessment at the beginning of their programs, and for many they may be demotivating. This article explores the past, present and future of client-centered assessments, and how you can use the ACE Mover Method to manage a client’s expectations and utilize assessments and reassessments to bolster their motivation and help them achieve their goals.

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Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training: How Low Can You Go?

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Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training: How Low Can You Go?

Reduced-exertion high-intensity training (REHIT) shortens the traditional HIIT workout by using fewer and shorter interval bouts, but how low can you really go and still get an effective workout? This article looks at the available research to answer that question and explores practical strategies for incorporating REHIT into your clients’ training programs.

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Optimize Training Responsiveness With Threshold-based Programming

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Optimize Training Responsiveness With Threshold-based Programming

ACE-supported research studies have provided robust evidence that a threshold-based approach helps to personalize workouts for each client’s unique health, fitness and goals. This article explores how thresholds can be detected, including with wearable technologies, and explains how you can optimize clients' training responsiveness with threshold-based programming.

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Hyperthermic Conditioning: The Next Frontier in Exercise Programming

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Hyperthermic Conditioning: The Next Frontier in Exercise Programming

Recent ACE-supported research has shown that hyperthermic conditioning can benefit overall performance. This article explores the physiology behind this next frontier in exercise programming and identifies practical considerations and strategies for integrating hyperthermic conditioning into your clients’ overall training programs.

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Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training: How Low Can You Go?

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Reduced-exertion High-intensity Training: How Low Can You Go?

Reduced-exertion high-intensity training (REHIT) shortens the traditional HIIT workout by using fewer and shorter interval bouts, but how low can you really go and still get an effective workout? This article looks at the available research to answer that question and explores practical strategies for incorporating REHIT into your clients’ training programs.

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Ask ACE: The Truth About Habits and What Changes to Make First

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Ask ACE: The Truth About Habits and What Changes to Make First

In this series, ACE experts answer your health and exercise questions. From nutrition to youth fitness, you’ll find detailed answers to many of the questions that may come up in your work with clients. In this installment, Lance C. Dalleck, PhD, answers your questions related to behavior change, including how long it really takes to form a new habit and what changes people should focus on making first.

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Performance and Nutritional Supplements: Myths and Realities

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Performance and Nutritional Supplements: Myths and Realities

A myth can be defined as an untrue explanation for a natural phenomenon. Unfortunately, numerous myths remain pervasive and well-engrained throughout the fitness industry, in particular as it pertains to various performance and nutritional supplements. In this article, we closely examine nine common supplements and present scientific evidence for whether the use of each is based on myth or reality.

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An Evidence-based Guide to Creating Personalized Exercise Programs for Your Clients

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An Evidence-based Guide to Creating Personalized Exercise Programs for Your Clients

A growing body of research suggests that a more personalized exercise program of cardiorespiratory and resistance training promotes greater adaptations and training responsiveness. There are, however, limited accepted recommendations on how to create exercise programs on an individual level. This article explores the evidence-based strategies that will enhance your clients’ cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness training responsiveness.

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How to Integrate Resistance-exercise HIIT Into Your Clients’ Programs

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How to Integrate Resistance-exercise HIIT Into Your Clients’ Programs

There has been no bigger trend in the fitness industry over the past several years than high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Now a growing body of research is validating the use of resistance-exercise HIIT. Learn about this unique form of strength training and how you can safely and effectively integrate it into your clients’ programs.

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Evidence-based Strategies for Helping Clients Improve Endurance Performance

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Evidence-based Strategies for Helping Clients Improve Endurance Performance

Many of your clients have undoubtedly committed to running a half-marathon (or longer race) in the coming year. To help you design effective programs for these endurance-minded clients, here are the latest evidence-based training strategies for improving three key performance-defining physiological parameters related to endurance: VO2max, lactate threshold and economy.  

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Evidence-based Strategies to Help Clients Stay Fit Throughout the Holidays

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Evidence-based Strategies to Help Clients Stay Fit Throughout the Holidays

Many Americans gain several pounds or more between Thanksgiving and the New Year, not only because they tend to eat more, but also because they are more likely to be sedentary. Fortunately, there are research-substantiated solutions you can offer your clients to help them avoid these pitfalls. Here are five evidence-based training strategies your clients can use to maintain their health and fitness throughout the holiday season. 

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Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Exercise: A New Perspective

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Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Exercise: A New Perspective

While many people take antioxidants to ward off the harmful effects of exercise-induced free radicals, recent research suggests that increased exercise-induced free radical production may actually signal favorable training adaptations. Read on for a compelling look at the research that will make you reevaluate your assumptions about free radicals, antioxidants and exercise.

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Battle of the Sexes: Should Training Guidelines for Men and Women Be the Same?

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Battle of the Sexes: Should Training Guidelines for Men and Women Be the Same?

It’s no secret that men and women have markedly different physiology, so why are most exercise guidelines for men and women basically the same? Learn about the key physiological differences between women and men, as well as important training recommendations that account for these sex differences, which will help you optimize training effectiveness for both your male and female clients.

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Balance Impairment, Osteoarthritis, Sarcopenia and More: 10 Key Exercise Programming Tips for Older Adults

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Balance Impairment, Osteoarthritis, Sarcopenia and More:  10 Key Exercise Programming Tips for Older Adults

Older adults often deal with challenges such as balance impairments, osteopenia, sarcopenia and other health-related disorders, all of which dictate unique modifications to their exercise programs. Here are 10 key exercise-programming tips for creating effective exercise programs for your older-adult clients.

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A F.I.T.T. Formula for Sitting? How to Help Your Clients Reduce Sedentary Time and Improve Their Health

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A F.I.T.T. Formula for Sitting? How to Help Your Clients Reduce Sedentary Time and Improve Their Health

Sitting has been called the new smoking—and for good reason. A growing body of evidence suggests that sitting too many hours a day will take years off your life, even if you are a regular exerciser. Learn about the differences between being sedentary and being physically inactive, and how you can use the F.I.T.T. principle to help your clients reduce their sedentary behaviors.

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How to Help Clients Who Don’t Respond Positively to an Exercise Program

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How to Help Clients Who Don’t Respond Positively to an Exercise Program

Have you ever had clients who, no matter how hard they exercised, never seemed to get more fit? A growing body of research suggests that some individuals may not always respond favorably to exercise. Learn about the lifestyle factors that may contribute to an adverse response and how you can design exercise programs that help your clients avoid the frustration that comes from not meeting their health and fitness goals.

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