These days, it seems you can’t go two minutes without hearing some kind of fitness or nutrition advice. And to make it more overwhelming, a lot of the information is contradictory. So, maybe you’ve decided it’s best to get your information from an expert. But, who qualifies as an expert?
What to Look for In a Nutrition Expert
Food is your body’s fuel. Your quality of life can be drastically impacted by the food you eat. It affects your health, your energy levels and your appearance.
There’s certainly no shortage of opinions out there about the best way to eat — Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean, Macros and so many more. But whose opinion can you trust? While there are some good, trustworthy nutritionists out there, you need to be cautious. There are no consistent requirements to be a “nutritionist.” In fact, some states don’t require any education or training at all.
Your safest bet is to consult with a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). These professionals are experts in food and nutrition who meet rigorous requirements and are held to national regulations. You can be sure that anyone who holds the RD or RDN credentials will be highly trained and knowledgeable.
What to Look for In a Fitness Expert
It’s no secret that exercise goes a long way in supporting your physical and emotional well-being. Any and all movement helps, but a fitness expert can help you get the most bang for your buck. When choosing a trainer, you, of course, need to consider your budget and personality. But beyond that, you should be looking at credentials.
Being a “certified personal trainer” doesn’t mean a whole lot. There are countless certifications out there — some great and some virtually meaningless, not even requiring any prerequisites. You want your trainer to be knowledgeable not just about exercise, but also about how the body works. This will enable them to maximize exercise effectiveness and minimize risk of injury.
The gold-standard credentials for a fitness expert include:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in exercise physiology, exercise science or a related field
- Certification from the American Council of Exercise (ACE) or American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) — both require a degree and continuing education to keep certification
- CPR/first aid certification
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