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Thursday
May252017

5 Ways to Make Your Commute More Active 

Americans spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work every day (and another 26 to get home). New research suggests that how those minutes are spent can have an impact on health and longevity.

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who biked to work—instead of taking public transit or driving—were 41% less likely to die prematurely. People who biked part of the way to work saw a 24% lower risk. Walking also had benefits—people who walked to work were 27% less likely to have a heart attack and 36% less likely to die from heart related issues.

Given the benefits possible from a more active commute, we’ve highlighted five ways you can (creatively) get more exercise and get to work at the same time.

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Thursday
May252017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Embrace the Fitness Evolution

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

David Van Daff
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Fitness
Fusionetics


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The fitness industry affords you the opportunity to make a career of helping people help themselves. That is truly rewarding and fulfilling on many different levels.

Helping guide people toward achieving their health and fitness goals is by far, the most gratifying aspect of a career in fitness.

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Wednesday
May242017

Strategic Plan Rewind: Working Backwards to Reach Your Goals

This post is an IHRSA Institute preview.

You can learn a lot about the pitfalls of strategic planning by observing fitness resolutioners.

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Tuesday
May232017

How to Keep Kids Safe at Your Club

There are many reasons to offer kids fitness programs and child care within your club. However, it’s important that you and your staff are well prepared for the risks associated with developing these types of programs. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that, every year, about 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are injured while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities. Even though many of these injuries occur outside of a club setting, it is crucial to be aware of the unique safety and legal issues you could face when working with children.

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Tuesday
May232017

How IHRSA is Partnering to Make the World Healthier

by Amy Bantham, IHRSA's vice president of health promotion and health policy

“Networks of cooperation undertaken in good faith by those with a common goal lead to better results.”

These were the words that most resonated with me during former President Bill Clinton’s opening address at the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, which took place May 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

I was honored to represent IHRSA and the industry at this event, which brings together public and private sectors with the common goal to end childhood obesity.

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Monday
May222017

5 Ways Your Health Club Benefits from Community Outreach

Community outreach programs—those that offer important club resources to the community outside the constructs of membership—can help your club in a number of ways.

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Thursday
May182017

4 Trailblazing Women in the Fitness Industry 

The fitness industry has produced—and benefited from—many strong, pioneering women. These women have started and grown their businesses, mentored the next generation of women leaders, taken leadership roles in the industry, and embraced innovation and change as the industry grew.

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Thursday
May182017

As More Romanians Work Out, One Pioneering Club Chain Leads the Pack

At first glance, the Swedish and Romanian health and fitness landscapes don’t appear to have much in common. Competition is fierce among health clubs in Sweden, and consumers have high expectations as a result. Romanians, however, are in the earlier stages of incorporating fitness—and health clubs—into their lives. 

Despite these disparities, Kent Orrgren—who has managed clubs in both markets—sees more similarities than differences.

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Wednesday
May172017

Hone Your Organizational Skills to Create Successful Marketing Campaigns

This post is an IHRSA Institute preview.

A strong, integrated marketing strategy is key to the success of any business. Unfortunately, creating and implementing that strategy can be a challenge for smaller health club businesses, which often don’t have the resources to employ full-time marketers. 

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Monday
May152017

Exercise Makes Life Better (and Longer) for Women

When it comes to health, there are some ways in which women are different from men. For example, women respond differently to diet and exercise regimens, and are more likely to die from heart disease. In honor of Women’s Health Weeka week focused on encouraging and empowering women to make their health a prioritywe’ve compiled a list of ways physical activity can help women live longerand better.

Stress

Women often find themselves juggling a lot of moving pieces—work, children, household, etc., which can all be very stressful. Fortunately, physical activity is known to reduce stress and improve mood. Research shows that exercise can decrease stress and increase mental resources to deal with it, boost mood during pregnancy, and benefit students. Vigorous exercise can also decrease stress, and improve mental health and sleep in young adults.

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