EXERCISE – NUTRITION – HEALTH

Meet Kristen

My passion is helping people become healthier, more energetic, and able to move better by making fitness and nutrition a regular and accessible part of their lives.

Kristen A Carter, MS
Kristen Carter, MS

My Story

I’ve always been a big fan of science, exercise and nutrition. Growing up there was not much of a fitness industry. So, it didn’t occur to me until much later to combine my two loves and pursue a career in fitness and nutrition.

Oh yes…there’s one other thing I am a big fan of. That is learning! I quickly realized that being a Certified Personal Trainer was not enough for me. So, I continued on and got a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

This Opened Lots of Doors for Me

I was able to get involved with weight loss programs and exercise programs for people around the state of Pennsylvania. I also became involved in research programs with the Philadelphia Department of Aging.

Along the way I spent many years working in a Physical Therapy Clinic, assisting with physical therapy and working with people on their fitness after rehabilitating an injury. Each opportunity allowed me to learn more and more about how our bodies work, or sometimes don’t work! Then I added in a Titleist Golf Fitness Certification, which focuses on how our bodies move and how to actually correct unhealthy and  inefficient movement patterns.

Fitness Today

Meanwhile, statistics show that the number of people who are overweight, obese, and sedentary has just continued to grow. As of this writing, it is estimated that 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise that will result in health benefits for them.

Clearly, we need to re-examine the tools that we are using to help people lead healthier lives and overcome the challenges we are up against.  We are up against images created by the fitness industry, commercialism in gyms, and pressure from those selling the latest fad. We are also fighting body/brain chemistry, human nature, and fast food. Finally, we have to contend with our own busy lives and current lifestyles.

My Approach

I have created this website based on 3 thoroughly tested principles.

1. Exercise needs to be convenient. How many of you have joined a gym, only to quit after a few weeks or months because it takes too much time and may be too expensive?

2. Exercise needs to feel good. Many studies have discovered that it is not the health benefits of exercise that keeps people coming back, but how good it feels. Fitness often has an image of pain, drudge, and beating yourself up. Why would anyone sign up for that?  The best-laid plans are fun, feel good, and are rewarding.

3. Exercise needs to fit you. If you are going to have it in your life, you need to make room for it. It is the long haul that matters. This means that you may need to reconfigure how you think about fitness in order to get it to work for you. That means an adjustment in mindset. It also means being open and willing to learn something new.

I bring you suggestions for how to do that, informative blogs, and access to my latest book, Lose Weight? Exercise More? I Don’t Think So!  This easy-to-read book explains how difficult it can be to make changes for your health, and how to conquer the difficulties so that you can finally reach your goals.  Coming soon…a workbook that walks you through exactly how to do that.  

This website will be evolving, continuously adding new things for you.  I hope you find the ideas presented here useful in your quest to develop a happier and healthier lifestyle. 

I am glad you are here!
Kristen

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Lose Weight? Exercise More? I Don't Think So!

My book brings a whole new perspective to the problem of losing weight and getting more exercise. It explains why it can be so hard and so confusing to do something that we know is good for us. This is NOT an advice book or another diet. It lets you know that you are not alone in feeling resistant to change. Discover an easy to understand solution to the whole mess of diet and exercise.

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