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Fitness and Health Roundup: Oct. 6-11

Whether you’re a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Nutrition Coach, or you’re passionate about fitness and health, stay up-to-date with the latest studies and news in the industry. We’ve rounded up five articles from this week that you don’t want to miss: 

1. The Transformation Specialist

You may recognize Chris Powell from ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss or as the keynote speaker at Optima 2019 Conference. He’s known for helping people undergo incredible transformations and changing their lives.

Despite his many achievements, he faced a lot of challenges to get to where he is today. In the Fall 2019 issue of the American Fitness Magazine, Chris shares his story about the obstacles he’s had to overcome and the ups and downs he’s dealt with along the way.

2. Changing Your Diet Can Help Tamp Down Depression, Boost Mood

A healthy diet has many benefits — and a recent study suggests that it can also help reduce the symptoms of depression. A group of young adults who participated in the study ate a Mediterranean diet for three weeks, and they reported lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress. The control group didn’t change their diets and continued to eat refined carbohydrates, as well as processed and sugary foods. Their depression levels remained the same. 

You can read more about the study here, or learn about the Mediterranean Diet by taking the NASM Nutrition Certification.

3. The NASM-CPT Podcast: Overactive and Underactive Muscles

We asked our listeners to tell us what topics they wanted to hear about the most on The NASM-CPT Podcast, and the top request was underactive and overactive muscles. Host Rick Richey did a three-part series on this, which wrapped up this week. In case you missed them, here are the episodes:

  1. Episode 9: Overactive and Underactive Muscles Part 1
    • Feet turn out
    • Knees move in
  2. Episode 10: Overactive and Underactive Muscles Part 2
    • Excessive forward lean
    • Low back arch (Anterior pelvic tilt)
  3. Episode 11: Overactive and Underactive Muscles Part 3
    • Arms fall forward 
    • Scapular elevation
    • Forward head 

Don’t forget to subscribe so that you don’t miss new episodes! Are there topics that you want to hear about? Be sure to comment and let us know.

4. Here’s More Evidence Your Dog Might Lengthen Your Life

Have you been thinking about getting a dog? New studies show that owning a dog could potentially help you live longer. In one study, researchers found that dog owners who lived alone had a 33% lower risk of dying after being hospitalized for a heart attack compared to people who didn’t have a dog. You can find more information on the studies and potential benefits of owning a dog here

5. 5 Reasons Why a Nutrition Certification is Worth the Investment

If you work as a Certified Personal Trainer, there’s a good chance that your clients ask you questions related to nutrition. As a Certified Nutrition Coach, you have the opportunity to help your clients achieve their goals through both fitness and nutrition. You can also add to your services and increase revenue. Here are five reasons why it’s worth it to enroll in a nutrition certification program.

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