Recent Posts by Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D.

    8 Qualities of Successful Health Coaches

    Health coaching is more than a job, it’s a commitment to a client’s success. And while many aspiring health coaches are ready to take on that challenge, they hold themselves back with the fear of personal failure.

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    Personal Trainer Jobs: Self-Employed vs. Working at a Fitness Facility

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

    To be self-employed and have your own Personal Trainer business, or work at a fitness facility? That is a question many Personal Trainers ask themselves.

    Once an individual has obtained the desired education and earned the intended degree and/or certification for personal training, the next step is to decide

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    The Benefits of Working With A Holistic Health Coach

    Over half of Americans battle chronic diseases. One in four suffer from multiple chronic conditions that last a year or longer and disrupt daily life. These chronic conditions are driving up health care costs and increasing demand on our health care system; they account for over 80% of hospital admissions, 90% of filled prescriptions, and 75% of physician visits.

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    Shoulder Injuries: Pain, Diagnosis & Exercise Rehabilitation

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

    4.5 million shoulder injuries are reported each year and occur primarily in a gym setting. Learn how you can prevent shoulder injuries from happening to you:

    The shoulder is an incredible structure. It is complex, versatile and efficient. An expense many times
    is incurred as a result of these advantages, and it is often a very unforgiving part of the body. Still, many medical professionals agree that the mechanical perfection of the shoulder is unsurpassed when compared to the other joints. For example, the shoulder is the only joint that can rotate 360 degrees, making it the most mobile.

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    Athletic Amenorrhea: Women at Risk

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

    It is estimated that up to 45 percent of female athletes in certain sports experience menstrual irregularity, also referred to as Athletic Amenorrhea. Within the last 20 years, our society has witnessed a significant increase in the level of athletic participation by women and as a result, women are more aware of the changes experienced in their menstrual cycle.

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    12 Tips for Success in Achieving Your Fitness and Health Goals for 2019

    The new year is just around the corner and the best way to follow through with your health and fitness goals is by planning ahead. 

    Many people are guilty of setting New Years goals only to give up a month later. Often times, this is due to the lack of a proven nutrition and workout regimen. 

    Achieving your health and fitness goals can be simple, fun, and easy when approached correctly. In this article, you’ll discover 12 powerful tips that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

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    3 Ways to Give Nutritional Advice Legally

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published August 10, 2016 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

    Numerous bloggers and food writers dispense nutritional advice with ease, and some don't even cite any particular studies or research, they just seem to be coming up with these "insights" on their own. But for those who want to offer nutritional advice on a more professional basis, it's crucial to understand that advice must be delivered in a way that's credible, correct, and legal.

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    What Can You Do as a Holistic Health Coach?

    Today, half of all Americans are battling a chronic disease, and one in four have multiple chronic conditions. By 2030, these chronic conditions could cost sufferers upwards of $47 trillion in healthcare spending. The factor that weighs heaviest in chronic conditions? Bad habits.

    Changing habits is hard, and for most people, one habit alone isn’t to blame—it’s multiple negative habits. This is where the holistic health coach plays a powerful role, by helping clients reframe and change a host of negative social, psychological, spiritual, and physical habits.

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    Understanding Foods, Meals Plans and Shopping Lists for the Ketogenic Diet

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve been diving into the details behind the ketogenic diet. I’ve written articles about the diet’s history as a cure for epilepsy, and the ways it’s being used today to treat a number of health conditions. I also touched on the pros and cons of the ketogenic diet to dispel some rumors about its impacts on your health.

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    What are the Pros and Cons of the Keto Diet?

    Few eating trends have captivated popular attention in recent years as much as the Ketogenic Diet. In our previous two articles, we’ve discussed the diet’s historic start as a treatment for epilepsy and disclosed what it takes to follow it correctly.

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