ACE Health Coach Education Promotes Mindful Movement

Around 80% of U.S. adults and teens are not sufficiently active, according to a recent study published in JAMA. And physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality, as reported by the World Health Organization. In response, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has added a new course, Mindful Movement: Coaching Clients to Become More Active, which aims to empower health coaches to combat physical activity and inspire their clients to lead healthier, more active lives. 

"Addressing physical inactivity is critically important, and health coaches can play a pivotal part in getting more people active," said Sean Foy, MA, founder/president of Personal Wellness Corp., and primary content subject matter expert for Mindful Movement. "With this course, health coaches will be equipped to assist inactive or insufficiently active clients by utilizing evidence-based coaching methods and integrating psychological strategies to inspire lasting change." 

The course provides a unique approach to tackling physical inactivity, equipping health coaches with innovative coaching techniques, key concepts and resources to help clients find purpose and enjoyment in movement and building a stronger mind-body connection.  

Health coaches who take this course will:   

  • Acquire behavior change knowledge, tools and resources to support clients in attaining their movement goals. 
  • Learn a new method to combat physical inactivity and guide clients in discovering a deeper sense of meaning through movement. 
  • Explore the benefits of integrating influential, science-backed models and how these strategies shape and enhance the coaching approach. 
  • Create a customized coaching experience for clients, fostering a deep mind-body connection. 

"Inactive individuals face a 20-30% higher risk of mortality compared to those who participate in regular exercise," said Sabrena Jo, Ph. D., ACE senior director of science and research. "Through this course, health coaches will not only acquire skills to support clients in attaining their movement goals, but also learn to differentiate clients' readiness for change and apply relevant behavior change strategies tailored to their unique needs."