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Fitness and Health Roundup: Sep. 29 - Oct. 4

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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. Just A Handful Of Nuts May Help Keep Us From Packing On The Pounds As We Age

New research suggests that eating a small handful of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, on a regular basis may help prevent long-term excessive weight gain and lower the risk of obesity. In the study, participants who ate nuts consistently gained about half a pound a year on average. Those who didn’t eat them regularly gained about one pound each year. Additionally, researchers found that people consumed less unhealthy food when they ate nuts on a regular basis.

2. How to Help Clients Change Their Eating Habits 

When working with clients to improve their nutrition, it’s important to help them change their eating habits. There are three areas that you should focus on to help your clients: autonomy, relatedness, and competence. 

In this article, learn effective strategies to help clients break dietary patterns in each of these areas and implement healthier habits. 

3. Being Young, Active and Physically Fit May Be Very Good for Your Brain

More than 1,200 young adults in the U.S. participated in a recent study that found that those who are physically fit “have healthier white matter in their brains and better thinking skills than young people who are out of shape.”

The young adults completed questionnaires, a medical checkup, a two minute walk test, and participated in cognitive tests. In general, the people who were the least physically fit did the worst on memory and thinking skills tests. Their brain scans also showed slightly weaker white matter. 

4. What Type of Trainer Should You Be? Tips for Choosing a CPT Path 

From working at a “big-box” gym to running an in-home training business, there are many employment opportunities that you can choose from as a Certified Personal Trainer. Before you decide what kind of setting you want to work in, there are some other important factors to consider.

For example, do you feel comfortable marketing your services? What kind of clients do you enjoy working with? Take a look at the questions in this article and explore different employment options to help you decide on a path as a CPT. 

5. Sticking to One Sport Could Up Injuries Among Teen Athletes 

Children and teenagers who focus on only one sport may be at a higher risk of injuries, according to new research. These include stress fractures, tendinitis, and knee injuries. It’s suggested that children should “spend only a moderate amount of time in vigorous physical activity.” If they specialize in one type of sport, it’s advised to replace some training with different types of exercise.

Did you read any interesting industry news this week? Share them with us in the comments. 

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