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How to Become a Fitness Coach

Posted: 11 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

A fitness coach helps someone achieve their fitness goals by teaching them exercises and wellness strategies. If you're hoping to become a fitness coach, the first step is narrowing down your focus to one type of fitness. Look for a certification program that you can take to prepare you for the certification exam. Once you've finished the program, take the exam to obtain your certification, letting you start training clients. Either start applying to fitness jobs you're interested in, or market yourself as a personal fitness coach to gain clients and start your fitness coaching career.


[Edit]Becoming Certified

  1. Decide what your fitness focus will be. Choose whether you'll be a group fitness instructor, teaching things like cycling, step aerobics, or boxing, or if you'll be a personal trainer who only works with individual clients. Decide if you want to work in a class setting, work one-on-one, or even do both, as well as picking a specific type of fitness.[1]
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    • Most professional fitness certifications, like ACE or NASM, offer certifications for many different specific types of fitness.
    • For example, a group fitness instructor might take the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Exam, while a personal trainer could get their certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with a weight loss specialization.
    • If you're a group fitness teacher, you'll choreograph movements for your own classes.
    • A fitness coach who only works with individual people at once will need knowledge about how to create a fitness plan based on one person's fitness goals, meaning knowledge about various types of fitness goals is desired.
  2. Research online programs that offer the training you need. Certification programs are online courses that offer the content you'll need. Once you've chosen your desired fitness type, search for certification programs online that will teach you everything you need to know to pass your specific certification. Popular options include the American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Each of these will let you choose the specific type of specialization you'd like.[2]
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    • Explore what different certification courses offer online so that you can choose the best one for your needs.
    • Programs are also offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  3. Enroll in your chosen program and pay all the required fees. Many programs have options for how much or how little you'd like to purchase. For example, you might have access to live workshops, coaches and mentors, or an accelerated program if you pay a higher price. Besides paying for the actual program, you'll likely need to pay for the exam and learning materials (such as textbooks) as well.[3]
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    • The prices for each organization range widely, with programs costing anywhere from $450-$1,200 or more. Some programs include the cost of the exam in their program total, so check before submitting your payment to see if it's included.
    • Many programs offer deals giving you a certain percentage off if you sign up quickly.
  4. Complete the coursework to learn the certification requirements. Most programs are online and will offer a digital or physical textbook, video lectures, and practice exams. Take your time as you're going through the coursework, studying the information thoroughly to be sure you remember it all. Check out what kind of extra study guides or learning activities your program offers.[4]
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    • While participating in the program, you'll learn about nutrition, exercise techniques, anatomy, and other topics related to your specific certification.
    • These programs are usually self-paced, meaning you can take as long or as a short of a time studying the coursework as needed.
    • A few programs may require that you finish the coursework in a certain amount of time, such as three months.
  5. Take the certification exam after studying all of the important elements. The exam will contain a written test, and many exams also contain a practical section that tests your understanding of proper exercise techniques. Study the program material thoroughly before taking the test so you're sure to pass it.[5]
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    • Many certification programs offer study materials such as practice tests and workshops to help you get ready.
    • The exam will also test your ability to create exercise programs for different clients' needs, as well as how to assess someone's fitness level.
  6. Get CPR training, as many jobs or certification agencies require it. Whether your certification requires it or not, CPR is a very useful skill to have as a fitness coach because it ensures you can help a client out if they ever need medical assistance. Find a local CPR class near you and sign up to learn the proper training.[6]
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    • Find a class by typing "CPR classes near me" into an online search engine.
  7. Earn a degree in a health- or fitness-related field, if applicable. Some employers may require you to have a bachelor's degree, or even a master's degree, in a subject such as kinesiology, physical education, or exercise science. If you have the resources and desire to further your education, consider enrolling in a college that offers a fitness-related subject you'd like to study, taking classes in person or online.[7]
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    • Do an online search to find colleges and universities that offer degrees related to fitness and wellness.

[Edit]Finding Clients or a Job

  1. Apply to jobs at places like boutique fitness companies and gyms. These sorts of places are almost always looking for new people to teach clients. Send in your resume or apply to open jobs at recreation centers, health clubs, dance studios, or other fitness associations.[8]
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    • Have a resume that reflects your skills, education, and certification related to the job you're applying for.
  2. Build your own client base if you want to be self-employed. If you'd rather be in charge of your own schedule and work with clients one-on-one, create a brand for yourself. Decide what you'll offer clients in the way of exercise and health coaching, gather any equipment you'll need for the training, and put your information on social media and online for people to find.[9]
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    • Consider creating your own website or social media page to promote your business.
    • Offer to meet clients at a gym that you're a member of, or outdoors if the weather is nice.
    • The gear you'll need to work with clients will depend on your specialized fitness instruction. For example, a personal fitness trainer might need access to things like weights and resistance bands while a yoga instructor needs yoga mats or yoga blocks.
    • Bring one set of equipment to share with your client, or suggest that your client purchase their own equipment to keep with them.
  3. Spread the word that you're a certified fitness coach using social media and videos. Make videos of clips of your workout routines so people get an idea of what it's like to train with you. Create Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages so that more and more people will be able to find your services.[10]
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    • Reach out to people locally by attending fitness meetups or workout events.
    • Consider being an online-only fitness coach who creates videos for a wide audience to reference.
  4. Team up with another certified fitness coach to help you gain experience. This is a great way to learn the ins and outs of being a fitness coach in a more hands-on way. Ask a fitness coach that you know if you could teach a client or class alongside them. Pay attention to how they interact and instruct their clients to learn from their methods.[11]
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    • This is especially helpful if you're nervous about coaching clients by yourself for the first time.

[Edit]Honing Necessary Skills

  1. Continue learning about staying healthy, both through food and exercise. To be a successful fitness coach, learn as much about health and wellness as possible, including nutrition, how to control your weight, and healthy lifestyle practices. Use this knowledge to help your clients reach their fitness and health goals.[12]
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    • Knowing as much as possible about health and fitness will show that you're passionate about the subject.
    • Read health and fitness books, attend conferences and classes, watch videos, and participate in other fitness classes to help you learn new things.
  2. Stay energetic and encouraging to practice your motivational skills. A great fitness coach can motivate people to keep going even when they don't want to. Practice this skill by doing things like staying positive when you're teaching, using an encouraging voice, and exuding energy that's contagious.[13]
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    • Watch other fitness trainers in action to see how they give off energy while motivating others.
    • You might say things like, "You're doing great! See if you can push yourself a little bit further!"
  3. Practice demonstrating and explaining different exercise techniques. This is the best way your clients will learn from you. Spend time pretending that you're teaching someone different exercises, going slowly and making sure to explain the proper form with your words as well as with your body.[14]
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    • Practice explaining any safety rules that go along with an exercise, or how to tell when you're doing an exercise right.
  4. Learn how to make modifications to your exercise routine or class. Sometimes a client or class participant won't be able to do exactly what you've planned for the routine due to a physical limitation or other factor. Always have modifications planned for each exercise so that everyone is able to participate in some kind of way.[15]
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    • You might have different variations of an exercise depending on the person's skill level.
    • For example, you might show them how to do a regular pushup with both legs extended, with the modified version being a pushup on their knees.


  • Keep your certification (your fitness training certification as well as your CPR certification) up to date by renewing it before it expires, often every 1-2 years.
  • Look up requirements regarding your state's fitness certification standards.
  • Some employers may require you to have a bachelor's degree in a fitness-related subject such as kinesiology, physical education, or exercise science.
  • Consider hiring your own fitness coach to learn from their techniques and examples.


How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

Posted: 11 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

If your cellphone has gotten wet, don't despair. Even if you dropped it into the sink, toilet, or bathtub, you may be able to save it. The most important thing you can do is act fast. Take it out of the water as soon as possible. Then turn it off, take out the battery, and remove all accessories. Try to remove as much water from it as you can with towels and a vacuum cleaner. Then, put it in a bowl of instant rice or other absorbent material for 48-72 hours before turning it on. With a little luck and fast action, your cellphone may survive its brush with death.


[Edit]Acting Quickly to Minimize Water Damage

  1. Take your phone out of the water as soon as possible unless it's plugged in. The longer your phone's in water, the more damage it will sustain. If your phone has been submerged for a long period of time, you may not be able to resuscitate it.[1]
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  2. Disconnect the power if your phone is plugged in and in water. If your phone is plugged into a wall charger and submerged in water, turn off power to the outlet before attempting to remove it from the water. Taking your phone out of water while it's plugged in may result in an electric shock.[2]
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    • Turning off the power at a fuse box is the safest way to do this.
  3. Turn your phone off immediately, even if it seems to be working. Leaving it on can cause it to short circuit. If it's been in water, assume it is waterlogged whether it is still working or not.[3]
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    • Don't turn on your phone to see if it's working.
  4. Remove your phone's battery and cover and place them on paper towels. After removing the phone from the water, quickly gather some paper towels or soft cloths. Lay your phone on top of them while you remove the battery cover and battery. You will need a Philips screwdriver to open most phones. If you have an iPhone, though, you'll need a special "pentalobe" screwdriver.[4]
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    • Read the manual to your phone if you're not sure how to remove the battery.
    • This is one of the most important steps to saving your phone. Many circuits inside the phone will survive submersion in water if they're not attached to a power source (battery) when wet.
    • To find out if the phone is truly water damaged, check the water damage indicator. In most cases, the indicator is located in the battery compartment behind the battery, or on the battery itself, depending on the phone model. Normally, it will look like a white square or circle. If this is pink or red, your phone has water damage.[5]
    • On many iPhone models, the water damage indicator is located on the side of the phone (in the SIM card slot) or at the bottom, near the charging port or headphone jack.[6]
  5. Take out the SIM card if your phone has one. After removing the SIM card, pat it down with a dry paper towel or cloth. Set it on a dry cloth or paper towel to dry out until you reconnect your phone to your cell network. If your phone does not have a SIM card, you can skip this step.[7]
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    • Some or all of your valuable contacts (along with other data) are stored on your SIM card. In many cases, this may be more valuable and worthy of saving than the phone itself.
  6. Detach any accessories that may be on your phone. Remove any protective covers, ear buds, memory cards, or other things that attach to your phone. Be sure to expose all the phone's slots and crevices to the open air so they can dry properly.[8]
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[Edit]Drying Your Phone

  1. Put your phone in a bowl of uncooked instant rice for 48-72 hours. Pour 4 cups (900 g) of rice into a large bowl. Then bury your phone and its disconnected battery in the rice. The rice will help draw out any residual moisture in your device.[9]
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    • Rotate the phone to a different position every hour until you go to sleep. This will allow any water left inside to run down and hopefully find an opening to escape through.[10]
    • Regular uncooked white or brown rice isn't as absorbent as instant rice and won't work as well.
  2. Use silica gel packets instead of instant rice if you have some. Place the silica gel packet(s), your phone, and the disconnected battery into a container. Then let the phone sit for 48-72 hours to give the gel time to absorb any moisture remaining in your phone.[11]
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    • Silica gel packets are those little packets that come with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, and other products.
    • Speed is the most important element in saving your wet phone, so use rice or another desiccant if you don't have any silica packets lying around.
    • There's no need to open the packets. Simply place them in the container with your phone.
  3. Cover your phone with 4 cups (about .5 kg) of crystal cat litter. If you don't have instant rice or silica gel packets lying around, crystal cat litter is another option. Pour a layer of cat litter into a container that's at least in size. Then, lay your open phone and its detached battery on top of this layer. Pour in the rest of the litter to fully cover your phone.[12]
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    • You can find crystal cat litter at most grocery stores and pet-supply shops.
    • Don't use clay-based or other types of cat litter. Only crystal cat litter, which is made of silica gel, will work.
    • Other desiccants, like couscous pearls and instant oatmeal, will also work just as well.
  4. Suck the water out of your phone with a vacuum cleaner. Fit a hose attachment onto your vacuum cleaner. Then, set it to its highest setting and vacuum near all your phone's openings.[13]
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    • If you have one, a wet/dry vac would work especially well for this step.
    • This is the fastest method and can completely dry out your phone and get it working in 30 minutes. However, unless the exposure to water was extremely short, don't attempt to turn your phone on this soon.
  5. Use an air compressor to blow water out of your phone. Set your air compressor to a low psi (pounds per square inch) setting. Then, blow the air across the surface of your phone and its ports.[14]
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    • Alternatively, you can use a can of compressed air.
    • Using a higher psi may damage the inner components of your phone.
    • Don't use a hair dryer to dry out your phone. The warm air may damage components in your phone.
  6. Wipe your phone and battery dry with a soft rag or towel. As you're blowing or vacuuming your phone dry, gently wipe as much water off its surface as possible. Drying the inside of your phone is your priority, but you'll also want to dry its outside.[15]
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    • Avoid shaking or moving the phone excessively, so as to avoid moving water through it.
  7. Leave your phone in open air with a fan as another option. Place your phone on top of a dry towel or other absorbent surface. Then, if you have a fan, turn it on and position it so that it will blow air across your phone's surface.[16]
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  8. Wait 48-72 hours, then turn on your phone. Before turning on your phone, check to see that it's clean and looks dry. Wipe away or vacuum any dust and dirt from the device and the detached battery. Then, insert the battery into the phone and try to power it on.[17]
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    • The longer you wait to turn on your phone, the more likely it is to survive.


  • Take your cell phone to an authorized dealer if you can't get it to work. They may be able to fix it.
  • Be careful when putting phones in rice, since the grains can get stuck in the charging/headphone ports.


  • Don't try to unplug a phone that's sitting in water, as it could lead to an electric shock. Remove your phone from water only after you cut off power to the outlet.
  • Don't try to take your phone apart unless you've been trained to do so.
  • Avoid trying to dry your phone with heat, as this may damage your phone even more.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels or dry cloths
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Air compressor (optional)
  • Large bowl
  • Instant rice or crystal cat litter
  • Silica gel packets (optional)


[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Make Snowcream

Posted: 11 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

Making snowcream is a delicious way to take advantage of living in an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter. Snowcream is just like ice cream, except it's made with fresh snow! Snowcream is thus not only tasty and convenient, it's also very easy to make. All you need to do is mix milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and snow in a bowl!


  • of fresh snow
  • of milk
  • ½ cup (50 grams) of granulated sugar
  • of vanilla extract


[Edit]Collecting the Snow and Keeping It Cold

  1. Clean a bowl and let it dry. Use dish soap and warm water to thoroughly clean your bowl. Let the bowl air dry overnight, or use a towel to dry it if you want to use it immediately.[1]

    • The bowl will need to be as clean as possible, since you'll be eating snow that you collect in it.
    • Making sure the bowl is dry will prevent unwanted ice forming at the bottom of it.
  2. Place the bowl in a safe location outside while it's snowing. Put it on a picnic table or the smooth top of a dog house where it won't be easily knocked over. Falling snow is generally much cleaner than snow on the ground, so collecting it in a bowl is the best way to get clean snow for your snowcream.[2]
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    • Refrain from putting the bowl on the ground to keep small animals from getting into it.
  3. Make an ice bath in a bowl and set it aside. Fill the bowl ¼ full with ice cubes and water. You'll place the bowl of snow inside this ice bath, so be sure to not fill the bowl more than ¼ full.[3]
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    • If you put too much ice and water in this bowl, putting the bowl of snow inside it may cause the water to overflow and pour out of the sides.
  4. Take the bowl inside once it's full and place it in the ice bath. You'll want to collect of snow, which is equal to the the volume of your bowl.[4]

    • For best results, use the snow immediately after you collect it. However, if you can't use it right away, storing it in the freezer until you're reading to add the other ingredients to it is the next best thing.

[Edit]Mixing Your Ingredients into the Snow

  1. Whisk your milk, sugar, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl. Mix together of milk, ½ cup (50 grams) of granulated sugar, and of vanilla extract in a bowl with tall sides to prevent the milk from splashing out. Continue to whisk these ingredients until they're fully mixed together.[5]

    • You can use any type of milk for this step, even condensed milk!
    • If you want to make flavored snowcream, use chocolate or strawberry milk for this step.
  2. Add the milk and sugar mixture to your snow. Use a wooden spoon to mix the milk mixture and the snow together. Chop and stir the ingredients with the spoon until they begin to resemble the consistency of ice cream.[6]

    • Make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed, as well. You shouldn't see any lumps of sugar or dark spots in your mixture.
  3. Add toppings to your snowcream, if desired, and serve. The snowcream melts pretty quickly, so serve it right away in small bowls for the best results. Some examples of toppings to put on your snowcream include sprinkles, chocolate chips, cherries, or whipped cream.[7]

    • Unfortunately, storing your snowcream in the freezer will lead it to freeze into a solid block of ice, so you'll have to eat it right away.



  • Your snowcream will be very cold once it's made, so don't eat too much at once!

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • 3 bowls
  • Snow
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon

[Edit]Related wikiHows


[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Use Cinnamon Sticks

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Cinnamon sticks are a delicious and aromatic form of cinnamon that can be used in a wide variety of ways. You can use cinnamon sticks to create various useful and one-of-a-kind crafts, or to add a subtle spice flavor to various dishes. When steeped in liquid, cinnamon sticks can also be used to make delicious, uniquely spiced beverages.


[Edit]Crafting with Cinnamon Sticks

  1. Use cinnamon sticks and leather cord to make scented ornaments. String a piece of leather cord, about long, through the hollow center of 3 cinnamon sticks. Fold the cinnamon sticks into a triangle shape, then pull the cord tight to secure the shape. Tie the loose ends together at the top. To hang the ornament, cut another piece of leather cord about . Loop it around the top of the triangle and tie it in a knot to secure.[1]
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    • You can also use a piece of twine or hemp instead of a leather cord.
    • For more of a holiday vibe, use craft glue to glue a piece of tree garland onto the bottom corner of the triangle cinnamon ornament.[2]
  2. Make a fall-ready cinnamon stick candle. Coarsely chop 4 cinnamon sticks and set aside. Set out your candle holder (you can use a jar, small bowl, or any small container you'd like) on a flat surface. Lay one end of a candle wick in the center of the bowl then wrap the other end around a pencil to hold the wick straight up and in place. Melt candle wax in a nonstick pan on low heat. Once melted, mix the chopped cinnamon sticks into the wax and quickly pour the hot wax into the candle holder to fill it about ¾ of the way up.[3]
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    • Let the wax cool and harden for at least 15 minutes before removing the pencil and trimming the wick as needed.
    • To make your candle's cinnamon scent stronger, add a few drops of cinnamon extract to the wax as its melting.[4]
  3. Craft your own homemade spice potpourri. Preheat your oven to . Thinly slice an apple and an orange and lay the slices flat on a baking sheet. Bake the fruit slices for an hour and a half, then remove them from the oven to cool. Once cool, mix the slices in a large jar with about 2 tablespoons (28.3 grams) of cloves, 3 to 5 cinnamon sticks, and about 2 tablespoons (28.3 grams) of star anise..[5]
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    • Put the lid on the jar and let the mixture settle for 1 day before pouring out and displaying it in a bowl or decorative jar.[6]
  4. Secure cinnamon sticks together for easy scented drink coasters. Set out about 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks. Add a dab of craft glue to the center of one of the cinnamon sticks, and press another stick to it firmly to secure the two together. Repeat this process until all 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks are glued together.[7]
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    • To add a bit more visual interest to your coasters, weave a piece of colorful string or twine along the ends of the cinnamon sticks (like a log raft). This will make your coasters look a bit more finished.[8]
  5. Tie cinnamon sticks onto gifts for an added personal touch. For an easy way to elevate your fall or holiday gifts, use ribbon, twine, or holiday-colored string to tie a few cinnamon sticks onto your wrapped gifts. The recipient will surely appreciate your added effort and the pleasant scent.
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    • In addition to wrapped gifts, you can tie a few cinnamon sticks onto soaps, jam jars, or cider mix for an easy yet thoughtful gift for your friends, neighbors, or family members.[9]
  6. Make a moth-repelling pouch for your closet. Fill a small mesh baggie or sachet with a cinnamon stick, 1 tablespoon (14.3 grams) of black peppercorns, and 1 tablespoon (14.3 grams) of whole cloves. Hang the pouch on a hanger in your closet, or place it in a dresser drawer to keep moths off of your clothing.[10]
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[Edit]Cooking with Cinnamon Sticks

  1. Make an easy homemade cinnamon syrup. Add 4 cinnamon sticks to of water in a pot. Turn the stove on high to bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the cinnamon sticks simmer for about 25 minutes, then turn off the stovetop and let the pot cool for 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the water, then add 1.5 cups (192 grams) of white sugar. Turn the stovetop back on low and reheat the water for 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the sugar is dissolved, let the syrup cool before using or storing in a jar.[11]
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    • You may need to run the syrup through a strainer if any cinnamon stick particles came off while they were boiling.[12]
    • Use your homemade cinnamon syrup on ice cream, in cocktails or other drinks, or on waffles or pancakes.
  2. Put a cinnamon stick in your rice cooker for a unique flavor. To give your rice a hint of a rich spice flavor, place a cinnamon stick on top of the rice after you add it to the rice cooker. Then, cook the rice according to the instructions.[13]
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    • If you don't have a rice cooker, you can also add a cinnamon stick to a pot of rice and water and cook according to the instructions on the stovetop.
    • Cinnamon stick rice works particularly well in or with Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African dishes.[14]
  3. Simmer a cinnamon stick in oatmeal for a comforting breakfast. When cooking oatmeal on the stove or in a slow cooker, add 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks, depending on your taste preference. This will give your oats an extra comforting spice flavor.[15]
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    • Cinnamon sticks are a great addition to oatmeal made with apples, peaches, raisins, or pumpkin puree.
  4. Use a cinnamon stick to flavor slow cooker meats, stews, and curries. When you're slow cooking beef, chicken, pork, or lamb, or when making a stew or curry dish, add a cinnamon stick right before you turn the slow cooker on. The cinnamon stick won't make the meat or stew taste strongly of cinnamon, but will add a subtle rich spice flavor.[16]
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    • Adding a cinnamon stick to slow cooker chili will also add a great subtle flavor.[17]
  5. Soak cinnamon sticks in rum for a homemade cinnamon essence. Pour of light or dark rum into a container with a lid. Add 2 cinnamon sticks to the container before replacing the lid on the container. Store the rum and cinnamon mixture in a cool, dark place for about 2 weeks, shaking it daily to ensure that the flavors are infused.
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    • You can then use your homemade cinnamon essence in almost any recipe that calls for cinnamon extract.[18] Note, however, that the cinnamon essence will be a bit sweeter than cinnamon extract because of the sweetness in the rum.

[Edit]Making Cinnamon Stick Drinks

  1. Use cinnamon sticks to add spice to homemade mulled wine. Add of apple cider, 1 bottle of red wine, of honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange zested and juiced, 4 cloves, and 3 star anise pods to a large saucepan. Turn the stovetop on high to bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then turn the stovetop off and let it cool before serving.[19]
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    • Add an orange peel or cinnamon stick stirrer for an extra garnish. 
  2. Add flavor to tea or cider by using a cinnamon stick to stir. Make your tea or apple cider as directed. Once your drink is finished, use a cinnamon stick to stir while it's still hot. You can stir with the cinnamon briefly to add just a bit of flavor, or leave the stick in to seep while you drink.[20]
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    • To add a bit of a kick to your cinnamon stick tea, add of whiskey, of honey, and a squeeze of lemon juice to make a cinnamon tea hot toddie.[21]
    • You can use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer several times before it'll lose its flavor. Just rinse it with hot water and let it dry before using it again.[22]
  3. Boil a cinnamon stick with hot chocolate. To make a traditional New Mexico hot chocolate, pour milk, cocoa powder, and white sugar into a saucepan. Add a cinnamon stick, then turn the stovetop on low. Bring the liquid to a simmer while stirring consistently to combine. Once it reaches a low boil, turn the stovetop off and let it cool before pouring it into a mug to enjoy.[23]
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    • You can either leave the cinnamon stick in the hot chocolate when you pour it into a mug, or remove it with a spoon if you prefer.
    • You can use a pre-packaged hot chocolate mix instead on cocoa and sugar. 
  4. Put cinnamon sticks in your coffee maker for uniquely flavored coffee. Pour your desired amount of coffee grounds into the coffee maker as you usually do. Then, lay a cinnamon stick on top of the coffee grounds. Turn the coffee maker on and brew as usual.[24]
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    • This will only add a subtle cinnamon flavor. If you want the cinnamon to be stronger, use another cinnamon stick to stir your coffee while it's still hot. 
  5. Make simple cinnamon tisane for a comforting hot drink. Heat up a mug of water in a kettle or in the microwave. Once heated to your desired temperature, steep a cinnamon stick in hot water for about 10 minutes.[25]
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    • While quite simple, cinnamon tisane can be very effective in helping to soothe an upset stomach.[26]
    • Because of its antimicrobial prosperities, you can also use cinnamon tisane to treat athlete's foot by making a larger batch and soaking your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes as needed.[27]