I’ve always been a big fan of science, exercise and nutrition. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, there was not much of a fitness industry. So, it didn’t occur to me until much later to combine my two loves and get going as a personal trainer.
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 an exercise program brought to people around the state of Pennsylvania. I also became involved with a research program through the Philadelphia Department of Aging.
Research is another area that has always interested me, and I have been able to get involved with it in various ways. These experiences and my own observations lead me to get certified in Lifestyle Management and Weight Control, and Health Coaching.
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. This was a great opportunity to learn more and more about how our bodies work, or sometimes don’t work! I added in a Titleist Golf Fitness Certification, which focuses on how our bodies move and how it is possible to correct unhealthy and inefficient movement patterns.
Meanwhile, the statistics on how many people are overweight, obese, and sedentary has been growing and growing. 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. Sometimes we are up against images put out by the fitness industry, commercialism in gyms, and pressure from those selling the latest fad. We are also up against body/brain chemistry, human nature, and fast food. And we are up against our own busy lives and current lifestyles.
I have created this website based on 3 thoroughly tested principles.
- 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?
- 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 or keep doing it? The best-laid plans are fun, feel good, and are rewarding.
- 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 do some rearranging of 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 a free library with exercises and workouts that you can do just about anywhere with little or no equipment. The emphasis is on convenience, but also how and why you do each exercise so that you know exactly what it is doing for you.
This website will be evolving, continuously adding new things for you. I hope you find the ideas and exercises useful in your quest to develop a happier and healthier lifestyle.
I am glad you are here!
Work and Media Experience
Kristen Carter, MS, is the creator of Design for Fitness LLC and has been working in fitness and nutrition for over 25 years. She is the author of Lose Weight? Exercise More? I
Don’t Think So!, public speaker, and creator of the popular Design for Fitness Health & Fitness Blog.
Media: Her book has just been released. She has been on national podcasts, live radio, and You Tube interviews. Kristen is a regular blogger for Psychology Today.
Education: BA in Biology. MS in Exercise Physiology.
Certifications: Precision Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Management and Weight Control, Health Coach, and Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor.