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Entries in #WhyGetActive (6)


See How Your Legislators Work(out) With You

Has scheduling a meeting with your member of Congress ever intimidated you? Have you ever viewed these people as policy wonks in suits that cannot relate to the issues you face as an average citizen?

If you nodded your head ‘yes’ in response to either of these questions, you’re not alone.

Here’s the truth. Believe it or not, your legislators work for you.

So picture your legislator as an average person—someone just like you. They wake up each morning, enjoy a good sweat session, eat a healthy breakfast, and then jet off to work refreshed and ready to start a new day. Sound familiar?

In fact, what if I told you that Senator Catherine Pugh is an avid runner like your cousin Joe (she even helped start the Baltimore marathon) and that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is an avid surfer. In order to stay mentally and physically alert, many legislators (like many of us) prioritize exercise and look for ways to ensure others are given equal opportunities to experience the positive benefits associated with a physically active lifestyle.

To demonstrate the truth in this statement, IHRSA is hosting the fourth annual #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, October 11. As in years past, this event engages members of Congress—and their staff—in national efforts and policies to promote physical activity and gets them to share their personal reasons for being active. The day-long event will also feature interactive exhibits from IHRSA members and IHRSA allies, free body composition screenings, massages, and a group workout.

“It [physical activity] is so, so important,” Rep. Ron Kind (WI) said in a speech during last year’s fair. “As we know, we’ve got to change the culture in America, we’ve got to make it easy for more people to be more active. Basically, we have to make the healthy choice the easy choice in people's lives—that means not only physical activity, but nutrition.”

So consider this. The next time you go to schedule a meeting with your legislator, perhaps an alternative option may be inviting them to tour your health club. Because it’s always okay to mix fitness and politics.


Keep the #WhyGetActive Momentum Going

In June, #WhyGetActive set new records for tweets, likes, and impressions, and IHRSA needs your help to keep the #WhyGetActive ball rolling. There are numerous, easy ways for you to get involved. Here are a few:

  1. Share why you get active (e.g. "to keep up with my kids") using the #WhyGetActive hashtag on all your social networks, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  2. Promote the hashtag on your club's social media networks to encourage your members to share their reasons for exercising.
  3. Include the #WhyGetActive hashtag when you share articles on the benefits of exercise.

#WhyGetActive is a social media movement to get people more physically active by tapping into the many reasons people have for staying healthy. Learn more at To see what others are saying, visit


Successful day in DC for #WhyGetActive

Two weeks ago, the Congressional Fitness Caucus-a volunteer committee of members of Congress who want to promote physical fitness-alongside IHRSA as lead sponsor, hosted an event on Capitol Hill to promote the #WhyGetActive campaign, and physical activity legislation. It was an especially successful day for the #WhyGetActive campaign, as activity soared on social media. During the event, #WhyGetActive tweets reached over 71,000 users and were delivered to twitter timelines over 194,000 times.


#WhyGetActive event to happen this week on Capitol Hill


On Thursday, June 19, IHRSA and the Congressional Fitness Caucus will host an exciting, new event on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the #WhyGetActive movement among members of Congress.
The event, "First-of-Its Kind, Interactive #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair Highlighting National Efforts and Policies to Promote Physical Activity," will include remarks from Fitness Caucus co-chairs Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), interactive exhibits from IHRSA members and IHRSA allies, free body composition screenings, massages, and a group workout led by IHRSA member VIDA Fitness.
Attendees will be encouraged to take part in the #WhyGetActive movement too, which involves writing a personal reason for getting physical activity on a white board and tweeting a photo of it with the hashtag #WhyGetActive.

#WhyGetActive is an inspirational movement that provides a worldwide platform for sharing the many compelling reasons for being physically active, and fosters a cultural shift toward wellness-wherein physically active lifestyles are encouraged, supported, and easier to sustain. For more information on #WhyGetActive and to tell us your reason, visit 


Join IHRSA's #WhyGetActive Campaign with One Easy Tweet

Help IHRSA and the health club industry spread the word about the importance of exercise by sharing why you exercise with your social media networks. Simply tweet or post a status update about what motivates you to workout and include the hashtag #WhyGetActive. Joining the campaign helps raise awareness of the importance of exercise and of your club or brand.

Start tweeting now, or click here to learn more...


National Physical Fitness & Sports Month and #WhyGetActive

If you need a new reason to help members stay engaged at your club, consider this one: May 2014 is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, during which Americans of all ages are encouraged to make daily exercise and good nutrition a priority in their lives. Adults are challenged to get 30 minutes of exercise every day, and children are encouraged to get active as often as possible. "By leading more active lifestyles, we can invest in our futures and encourage our children to do the same. This month, let us champion fitness to our family, friends, and colleagues. Let us give young people the chance to find a sport or physical activity they love, boost their energy and confidence, and reach their fullest potential," said President Obama in an official proclamation declaring May 2014 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
Learn more about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month here...

Participate in National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by telling us #WhyGetActive

You can also participate in National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by joining IHRSA's#WhyGetActive campaign, designed to raise worldwide awareness of the health benefits of exercise and health clubs. Simply tweet what motivates you to get your daily dose of exercise and include the hashtag #whygetactive. You will simultaneously raise awareness of the importance of exercise and your club or brand.
"Our members have such compelling reasons why being physically active is important to them," said Allison Flatley, chief operating officer of L&T Health and Fitness and member of the IHRSA board of directors. Flatley launched the campaign to her staff and members following the March soft launch. "This campaign provides them with a great platform to share not only their inspirations, but their successes with the whole world."
Learn more about the #WhyGetActive Campaign here...