Unlocking the Power of Awareness: Transform Your Exercise and Nutrition Habits

Dr. Erin Nitschke

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Building awareness around exercise and nutrition habits is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If we aren’t aware of a “problem area” or health concern, we are unable to make meaningful changes. Awareness must come first. Once someone establishes awareness about their habits and patterns, they can craft strategic goals related to areas of health and wellness. 

Strategies to Help you develop Awareness

Remember, building awareness is an ongoing process. By incorporating these strategies into your daily life, you can develop a deeper understanding of your exercise and nutrition habits and make positive changes for long-term health and well-being.

Helpful Resources

Anderson, J., & Wadden, T. (2020). Goal Setting for Effective Weight Management: An Overview and Recommendations for Practice. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(7), 712–721. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.05.004

Dunn, C., Haubenreiser, M., Johnson, M., Nordby, K., Aggarwal, S., Myer, S., & Thomas, C. (2018). Mindfulness Approaches and Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Weight Regain. Current Obesity Reports, 7(1), 37–49. doi: 10.1007/s13679–018–0302–4

Kerner, C., & Brinkman, M. (2018). Self-monitoring and Nutrition Education: Tools for Successful Weight Loss Maintenance. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 118(8), 1548–1551. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.02.007

Dr. Erin Nitschke is a professor of exercise science at Laramie County Community College. She holds certifications including NFPT-CPT, NSCA-CPT, ACE Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Therapeutic Exercise Specialist, and Pn1. Erin is an editorial author for IDEA, NFPT, where she writes regularly on topics related to personal training and health coach skill building, behavior change, and career success.

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