I wanted to spend some more time this month promoting American Heart Month and focusing on the impact we can make as fitness professionals, in the prevention of heart disease.
In November 2013, the American Heart Association released knew guidelines for the prevention of heart disease, which focuses on many of the conditions that are covered in W.I.T.S. Exercise Program Design for Special Populations. Specifically, the guidelines address Cholesterol, Lifestyle, Obesity, and Risk Assessment. It is so clear that we can help reduce the prevalence of heart disease—everything that we do as fitness professionals can make an impact.
I’d encourage everyone to read the complete guidelines at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Understanding-the-New-Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_458155_Article.jsp and share this information with your clients—
If we just focus on one factor—lifestyle— the guidelines are pretty clear and direct:
- Get 40 minutes of exercise 3 – 4 days a week
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Reduce sodium
Pretty simple stuff! I think that most people fear that they will have to make HUGE changes and become overwhelmed. I strongly believe that we have a responsibility as fitness professionals to help educate those around us (clients, family, peers, co-workers) that it’s the little things that they can do to make BIG changes.
How do you work “education” into your training sessions? Do you use different coaching strategies? What do you find works best for helping people make positive change in their lives?
If you want to learn more about heart disease prevention and the AHA guidelines, visit www.heart.org and consider enrolling in W.I.T.S. Exercise Program Design for Special Populations course. We are running great 2 for 1 discounts this month on many of our continuing education classes! Take an online course at a time and place that is convenient for you—receive substantial discounts on approved CEC courses!