Recent Posts by Amy Occhipinti, M.S.

    A Career in Fitness: Personal Training Statistics & Facts

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published December 2014 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    If you've been considering a career as a fitness trainer, now is the time to get started. People are more interested than ever in taking charge of their health, and that’s causing a continued boom in personal training.

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    13 Top Superfoods Trending in 2019

    Do kale and quinoa feel like last year’s fads? Then it’s likely time for some new superfoods to find the spotlight. The healthy foods considered trendy change every few years, and these fads determine what winds up on store shelves (and in your smoothie)! If you’re curious which superfoods are going to catch attention in 2019, we’ve predicted below what thirteen superfoods are going to become trendy this year.

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    Skills Needed to Be a Certified Personal Trainer


    Editor's Note: This post was originally published July 2015 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    Personal trainers are often their own greatest assets, advertisements and selling points. But why? Is it because of their approach and technique? Or is it because they exemplify the standards of health and fitness through proper nutrition and training? Perhaps it's a combination of all of the above.

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    3 Pilates Exercises to Help Seniors Improve Balance & Mobility


    Editor's Note: This post was originally published October 2014 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    For the past ten years, Pilates has become more and more popular in the fitness community. Whether you're young or old it's a perfect way to improve balance, mobility and strengthen the core. At AFPA we are passionate about delivering information and workouts that are tailored to each age group and fitness level; in today's post you'll gain insight into the benefits of Pilates for senior citizens.

    Keeping fit and mobile is essential, especially for seniors. As we get older, healthy movements can help with balance, stability, control and overall fitness. With all of the movements out there it can be difficult to decide what movements are the best fit for older adults.

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    The Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting

    Everyone wants to live their healthiest life, but knowing where to start is far from easy. You don’t want to fall into the trap of following a fad diet, but navigating what your body really needs nutritionally isn’t always straightforward either.

    Should you pay more attention to the timing of your meals? Is It healthy for you to skip meals? Intermittent fasting is an eating strategy that addresses this crucial angle for your health. Many people have found that it makes a positive difference for their overall health.

    There’s a lot to unpack about this timed eating method, so let’s dive into our complete guide to intermittent fasting.

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    What You Need to Know About Becoming a Certified Nutritionist

    Thanks to your passion for nutrition, you may already be fielding questions from friends, colleagues, and family members about how to make better meal choices or the ways that nutrition can boost well-being on multiple levels. At this point, you may be ready to turn your interest into an actual career—and fortunately, you’d be choosing one that’s on a growth track.

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    What You Can and Can’t Do As a Health & Wellness Coach

    Are you looking to bring your passion for health to the next level, but are struggling with where to begin? Maybe you want to help people eat healthier and get more exercise, but you’re struggling with what steps to take to learn how to do so professionally. If this sounds like you, you’re an excellent candidate to become a certified health & wellness coach.

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    Leaky Gut: What Is It and How Do I Fix It?

    Strange as it is to think of health problems as responsive to fads, the truth is that their prevalence can ebb and flow in popular media. One condition that’s catching attention these days is leaky gut syndrome. While some doctors are adamant that the diagnosis isn’t real, others insist that it’s the explanation for the health problems suffered by thousands. But what is leaky gut, and how can you tell if you have it? We’ll dig into the details below.

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    How Much Does It Cost To Become a Certified Nutritionist?

    With rates of obesity and chronic disease on the rise, nutritionists play a role that is more important than ever. If you’re ready to become a certified nutritionist, you’re making an important and impactful choice, and the best part is that becoming a certified nutritionist is financially achievable. So how much does it cost to become a certified nutritionist? Read on to learn about costs and program length.

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    10 Apps and Software That Health Coaches Can Use with Clients

    If you’re a health coach struggling to keep up with clerical tasks, emails, and paperwork then you need to start using apps and software tools to make your life easier.

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