I am new to the industry and have recently discovered my love and passion for fitness and nutrition over the last couple of years. I have a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, and I currently work in retail.. but now I want to head in the direction of fitness, nutrition, and wellness. After researching, there seems to be so many options for certifications, I don’t know where to begin! What is the most accredited online certification program for nutrition and wellness? So far I have looked at ACE, NASM, AFPA, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (which cost a lot more than the others and takes more time, but may be worth it?) I would love all the advice I can get!
I agree with Joe Fitness, no one will be able to answer your question on the what coaching certification should I get. There are too many, and the under-appreciated field of health and wellness needs to regulate health coaches, and wellness coaches in order to save us from the confusion of what is what. My recommendation; go for either a degree in nutrition or kinesiology, and you will have an upper hand, and don’t settle for working at the local gym get with other health care professionals. I did this and I am much happier as I can work either individually or with a team of professionals who value my opnion.