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Fitness Ideas for Youth

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Fitness ideas for youth can be challenging sometimes when you must compete with a busy schedule and video games. Getting creative with physical fitness and children can make it a pleasurable activity without them even knowing they are getting some exercise. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Make it fun! Get an ab ball or stability ball. Most children have a difficult time staying OFF the ab or stability balls because they see them as something fun to play on. Find some ab ball exercises that you want to do and invite your children to do them with you. They will be happy to be included and will enjoy the physical challenge and friendly competition. The ab ball is a great tool for strengthening the core muscles and increasing balance, stability, and functional fitness.

2. Take it outside! When you think about family fitness, you might think about going to the gym together. It doesn’t have to be boring – take it outside! Go for a hike and explore a new trail together. Pack a lunch and make a day out of your exploration. Relationships and focus will strengthen since you won’t have to compete with electronics. Spending the day outside is a great way to get a digital detox from all of the social media and gaming. 

3. Be creative! Make an obstacle course with at home circuit training tools. This can be greatly varied from one person to the next. You can have a section of your obstacle course for strengthening and another for cardio fitness. Put dumbbells in one area for resistance workouts and a jump rope or aerobic step in another area for cardio health. Let the kids be involved with the creation of the obstacle course.  They will want to participate in something that they helped to create.

4. Set a good example! When your children see you work out regularly, you are teaching them that personal health and personal fitness is important, and they will look up to you for worldly advice. Share with your kids that you are not only building personal health and fitness for now, but you are also creating a healthy and active lifestyle for decades from now. Individuals who exercise regularly have less illnesses and more energy than people who do not exercise regularly. If you are training for a marathon, ask your children to join you for the last couple of miles. They will enjoy the time with you as they are paving the way for an active and healthy lifestyle. 

To learn more about becoming a Youth Fitness Trainer, just click the link below!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween from ASFA!  Be Careful and Try to Not Eat Too Much Candy...
If You Are Giving Out Treats This Year - Try Something Healthy!

Your Personal Trainer’s 3 Fitness Habits

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Having an active lifestyle helps to create healthy fitness habits that allow you to reach your personal fitness goals. Personal trainers, like other individuals, have fitness habits as well that helps them not only achieve their own personal goals, but also motivates and encourages others to have a healthier and happier lifestyle. Here are three fitness habits your personal trainer has:

1. Consistency! Consistency is getting in your workouts, even when you are tired and don’t feel like working out. A personal trainer can struggle, too, like everyone else when life gets busy and stressful. Making consistency a fitness habit can help make sure you are always working toward your fitness goals.

2. Positive attitude! Getting the physical portion of your workout completed is only half of the work. The other half is the mental aspect of your workout. Having a positive attitude and outlook can help you work harder and more efficiently as you are striving toward a specific goal. When you have that mental shift in your workouts, you look at things differently. Instead of thinking that you have to get 15 minutes of shoulder shrug workouts in, your positive attitude helps you to see that you don’t have to – you get to! Having that positive attitude helps you work harder in the times when you feel like you don’t have the energy to get through something difficult.

3. Creativity for Achievement! A fitness trainer understands that sometimes your workouts will not be fun. They can be challenging and difficult to work through. Having creativity can help set you up for achievement and success! For example, if you need to complete a core workout for strength but hate doing sit-ups, finding a creative alternative can make the workout fun. That might mean an ab ball workout or a Pilates inspired core workout to help engage the ab muscles.

Incorporating these healthy fitness habits into your daily life can help keep you on track as you work toward your own personal fitness goals and sets a positive foundation for a healthy and fit life. Click the link below to learn more about being a personal fitness instructor. Test today with ASFA! Pay only if you pass!

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Making Time For Fitness

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Making time for fitness doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Individuals who schedule time for their fitness routines are more likely to complete their daily workouts than individuals who work out only when they can fit it in or make the time. Treat your exercise time like a special appointment and respect that appointment to make sure you get your fitness time in each day.

Personal trainers learn that workouts need a dedicated time but also the encouragement and motivation that comes from working with a personal trainer. Personal trainers also provide accountability for those that need that extra push in order to get in their training for that day. Personal trainers are also able to share with you ways that you can incorporate fitness into your everyday activities allowing you to spend less time in a gym. If you are someone who counts steps and strive for 10,000 each day, simply parking further out while running errands can make a big difference! Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator can also help add steps in without having to go into a health club. Taking your dog for a walk or walking to the park with your kids, all of these add steps and fitness into your day without you having to do anything different. Electronic tracking devices, such as a pedometer, are an easy way to track steps and distance each day while doing your regular activities.

Scheduling an appointment or class at a health club or studio is another way to make time for fitness. For busy moms, this is important for self-care and mental health. Making time for yourself helps decrease stress, increase focus and energy, and improve overall well-being helping you be more productive at home and a happier person.  Make fitness something that the entire family can enjoy together. You can read up on youth fitness articles for fun fitness ideas to do with children of all ages. You can also take cheap home study courses to broaden your personal knowledge of fitness and health.  

Many people who love fitness and health end up making a career for themselves in the wellness industry. They get to make money as a personal trainer in addition to having greater ease in finding time for personal fitness as well. Many instructors have incorporated their personal fitness and health into their lifestyle and inspire others to create healthy and fit lifestyles as well.

Interested in learning more about becoming a Personal Trainer? Click the link below to get started today! Pay only if you pass!

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Healthy Halloween Treats

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Don’t get spooked this Halloween by the number of calories in your favorite Halloween treats! There are ways you can still enjoy the spirit and celebration of the holiday season without having to sacrifice taste while you maintain a healthy diet. Articles about health and wellness can be very resourceful when looking for healthy alternatives for Halloween treats.

When you think about the benefits to a healthy lifestyle, you often think about doing things in moderation. You know that it is okay to enjoy the foods that you like, by making modifications to them so that you can still enjoy your favorite foods and treats and not have to worry about getting too far off track with your diet and fitness goals. Healthy Halloween treats can be treated the same way. Make modifications to your favorite treats so you can still enjoy them without causing havoc on your diet plan.  Here are some ways you can make healthy Halloween treats:

1. Swap out popcorn balls for air popped popcorn! Most people like the crunch and texture of the popcorn balls. You can achieve that same crunch in texture by using air popped popcorn. Bag the popcorn into individual Halloween-themed bags to share with trick-or-treaters and friends. Blogs on nutrition use popcorn a lot for healthy snacks. You can make a variety of different snacks using the popcorn too.  Add nuts or dried fruit to make a variation of trail mix!

2. Pass out fresh oranges or clementine oranges! Individuals with careers in nutrition are always looking for creative ways to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to their client’s diet. Oranges are perfect to pass out since they don’t need to be individually wrapped and are easy to peel without tools. Offering a healthy snack can allow others to detox from the candy options that they will be offered from more traditional Halloween festivities.

3. Make your own snack mix! Use dried currants, cranberries, and raisins to add color and texture to your snack mix. You can use cereal, nuts, or popcorn for the crunch. Use yogurt or carob chips to add sweetness. Snack mixes can be varied easily and you can change it up each season to celebrate the flavors of each season. Sprinkle your snack mix with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and bag it up to share. You can even fill mason jars with your personalized snack mixes and distribute as gifts throughout the holiday season. Snack mixes make a perfect appreciation gift for teachers, co-workers, and friends.

ASFA® makes continuing your education in the fitness industry convenient. Take your Sports Nutritionist independent study course and exam online - from the convenience of your own home. If you were a client looking to improve your health and wellness, wouldn’t you want a personal trainer who was also a Sports Nutritionist?

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ASFA Product Highlight: Pilates Certification

ASFA’s Pilates Certification is an ideal fitness qualification for professionals working with clients who want to increase flexibility and range of motion. An established fitness field, Pilates serves a wide variety of clients of all ages and fitness levels.

With an online Pilates certification, the fitness professional’s expertise in form, breathing and workout effectiveness is highlighted. With ASFA's Pilates teacher training and mat certification exam, instructors can teach Pilates lessons individually or in a group.

A Pilates certification helps bring maximum impact to client workout routines no matter the time of year. By taking our mat Pilates certification online, experienced fitness professionals have the power at their fingertips to increase their knowledge and client base.

An ASFA® Pilates Instructor Certification can help the experienced fitness professional expand his/her career through:

- Enhanced ability to target client flexibility and range of motion
- Increased appeal to clients seeking low impact workouts
- Greater marketability through unique, specialized training offerings
- Proven understanding of a popular and highly respected fitness program

To learn more about becoming a certified Pilates Instructor, just click the link below!

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Be Daring With a New Group Fitness Class!

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Joining a new group fitness class can be a fun and daring way to add excitement into your fitness routine. It can also be mentally stimulating as you are challenged in new ways and activating new muscle groups through exercise.

A group strength training class can be a great opportunity to strengthen joints and skeletal tissue while toning muscles. Weight lifting form is important and a group strength training instructor is able to monitor your form to make sure you are doing the moves correctly and efficiently. Your trainer has completed an anatomy muscle program and is knowledgeable not only in the biomechanics of strength training, but is also qualified to assist with modifications that may need to be used to help different types of individuals get the most out of their workouts.  

Indoor cycling is another popular choice for group fitness classes. Fitness instructor music choices play a big role in the success of indoor cycling classes. Many attendees enjoy the upbeat and lively music and will use the music to help keep the beat and pace while exercising. The trainer is able to select music associated with the pace that is the desired goal for the clients. Having good music makes the class fun and creates a loyal following to the instructor and class. Indoor cycling is also a great way to burn calories, build endurance, and increase strength. Since indoor cycling is a low-impact exercise, it is easy on the joints and can be used as cross training for other sports or for athletes returning from an injury.

Interval training or boot camp styled classes are another way to try something new and daring.  Both interval training and boot camp styled group fitness classes use the intervals to blast calories and increase endurance. Functional fitness is also increased as well as stability and agility. The fun part of these fitness classes is that they are always different. The instructors change up the classes frequently enough to prevent boredom and to keep you physically challenged.  Doing the same routine over and over again loses its effectiveness over time and many individuals will plateau and get burned out during this time. Trying a new group fitness class is the perfect remedy to prevent boredom and maximize the effectiveness of your workouts.

Check out your local health club class schedule and dare yourself to try a new group fitness class today! Better yet, check out all of the fitness certifications ASFA offers and find the right one for you! 

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The Fitness Professional’s Roadmap

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The fitness professional’s roadmap is similar to individuals who have been positively affected by fitness. They want to help others create those positive lifestyle changes in their own lives. They want to share their story to help inspire and motivate others to be more active and healthy. They want to help guide you along your personal fitness journey to success.  

The fitness professional comes from a variety of backgrounds and skills. Someone who grew up with a passion for dance might be interested in how to become a dance fitness instructor. Dance fitness allows the instructor to combine many different types of dance into a cardio-focused group exercise class. The style and choreography can vary greatly between classes and even instructors since each instructor will have a personal favorite style of dance. Cardio dance is a fun way to blast calories and stay fit while enjoying music and friends.  

A fitness professional who has a background in martial arts might be interested in teaching a self-defense or karate-inspired group fitness exercise classes. A karate-styled fitness class can teach clients simple self-defense moves and the best self-defense technique for specific safety concerns. Martial arts inspired fitness classes can also help increase self-esteem, confidence, and improve stability and strength.  

Fitness professionals were like other fitness enthusiasts in the beginning. They had to decide what type of training they wanted to have as a career. A practice certified personal trainer (CPT) exam can give soon-to-be-trainers a glimpse at what to expect as they get closer to taking their certification exam for personal training. From there, they may choose to continue their education to get a specialty certificate in another area of fitness to further their career options. Specialty certificates can help them work with specific groups of people like youth or senior citizens.  They can also use a specialty certificate to teach a specific class such as indoor cycling or water aerobics. Once trainers receive their personal training certification, their career possibilities are endless.

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Get Healthy With Fall Vegetables

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Autumn is the perfect time to get reacquainted with fall vegetables. Use this time to enjoy the abundance of fall vegetables that are freshly harvested or take the opportunity to try a new vegetable you have never had before.

Fall is when vegetables such as beets, beans, broccoli, turnips, Brussel sprouts, green onions, potatoes, squash and pumpkins are ready to be harvested. Eating vegetables that are in season provides you with the freshest of produce options at the store. If you are unsure how to prepare any of the fall vegetables or want to learn a variety of different ways to serve them, a nutritionist consultant will be a great resource for you. They can help you identify healthy pairings and options as well as recipes and tips for cooking and preparation. Many of the higher end grocery store chains will have a consultant available to chat with or many even offer some cooking classes that allow you to experiment with new vegetables. You can always contact your local grocery store or health food market to ask if they have a nutritionist or dietitian on staff that you can schedule a consultation with.  

Nutritional help can also be found with personal trainers, health staff, and nutritionist programs that have an online practices. Many consultants and health coaches work online so they can meet the demands of their clients who need accessible information and contact anytime. Sometimes the nutritional coach will go into schools to help education children and teenagers about the importance of making healthy dietary choices. Schools will often post this material or even invite the public or parents in for the presentation.   

Fall vegetables provide a great source of vitamins and can also help keep you trim in the winter months ahead. Vegetables take up a lot of bulk in the stomach, but have a high water content and very few calories. If you are wanting to slim down, increasing your servings of vegetables can help prevent you from overeating or from choosing unhealthy food items. Add extra veggies to your soups, stews, and casseroles to help get in those extra fall veggies and their added benefits!

So, what are you waiting for? Click the link below to learn more about becoming a certified Sports Nutritionist!   

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Bodyweight Training – No Equipment Required!

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You don’t have to go to a health club or private fitness studio to get a good weight training workout in. If you use a home-based fitness business to get workout plans or ideas, you’ll see that there are many types of exercises that you can do from anywhere which will help to tone up and build muscle without having to have any equipment.

Push-ups are a great body weight training exercise that you can do to build strength in the upper body. Gravity helps with the resistance of the movement as you tone up your chest, triceps, and shoulders. Push-ups are great exercises for building core strength and functional fitness as well. Video animated fitness trainer segments are a great tool and resource to study form and modifications as well as different variations of the movement.  

Squats are perfect exercises for strengthening the leg muscles and glutes without having to have any additional equipment. The gluteus maximus muscle movements in squats can help create power in the legs in addition to toning and lifting. Squats can also help increase stability for individuals wanting to improve functional fitness. Squats can be modified for those who sometimes experience minor pain in the knees or hips. Squats can also be done in a variety of different ways to target specific areas of the leg and glutes. They can be made more difficult by doing more reps or more sets of the exercise movement. If you are new to performing squats, ask a personal trainer for a demonstration and to watch your form. Doing them incorrectly will not provide you the benefits of the exercise and can increase your risk of straining or injury.

Burpees are another exercise that builds power and increases fitness without needing any fitness equipment. Burpees can be done anywhere and you don’t have to do a lot of them to build fitness. Burpees also increase your heart rate quickly providing you an added bonus of a cardio workout in addition to strengthening and toning. Many runners and endurance athletes use burpees to build endurance and speed, making them better at competition. Others like the high-impact move for its ability to burn calories quickly and the opportunity to get a great workout done in a short amount of time. Burpees are perfect for those who do not have a lot of time to work out but want to get in a full body workout with the benefits of a cardio workout.  

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