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Personal Balance: Its Importance and How to Achieve It

Geithner, Christina A. Ph.D.; Albert, Joseph F. Ph.D.; Vincent, Jennifer A. B.S.

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000257706.07363.e9

Learning Objective To understand the importance of personal balance in wellness, fitness, and work-life realms; to evaluate your current level of personal balance and wellness through reflection and writing exercises, with applications of the transtheoretical model of health behavior; and to become familiar with tools that can be used to achieve greater personal balance for you and your clients.

Creating better balance can be challenging for both health/fitness professionals and our clients, but it is an exercise well worth our time and effort. Gain valuable insight on how to reduce stress, improve well-being and performance, and achieve greater happiness.

Christina A. Geithner, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chairperson in the Department of Exercise Science at Gonzaga University, where her research focuses on body composition, obesity, chronic disease risk, and on talent identification in sport. She is a member of ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit Program Planning Committee and ACSM's Consumer Information Committee, and a member of the editorial board for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal ®. She is ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor® certified and is a yoga instructor through YogaFit®. She also facilitates team building and leadership courses for graduate students and corporate groups in business, accounting, and organizational leadership.

Joseph F. Albert, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and director of the Comprehensive Leadership Program for undergraduate students at Gonzaga University. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from St. Joseph's University. He is a highly sought-after speaker and facilitates retreats, team building, and leadership trainings for corporate groups, and he trains regularly through yoga, running, and swimming.

Jennifer A. Vincent, B.S., is the fitness coordinator at the Spokane Athletic Club. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2005 with a B.S. in Exercise Science, and has presented at NWACSM, ACSM, and Pediatric Work Physiology meetings. She also is ACSM Personal Trainer® certified, a YogaFit® yoga instructor, and an AFAA Group Exercise Leader®, and teaches classes in fitness, weight loss, yoga, and children's exercise.

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