Report: Aerobic Fitness Should Be Considered a Vital Sign
A new statement from the American Heart Association says aerobic fitness should be considered a vital sign and be part of annual physical exams, The New York Times reports. “The statement points out that fitness can be a better indicator of someone’s risk for heart disease and early death than such standard risk factors as smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure,” the article states. “The authors recommend that each of us should have our aerobic fitness assessed as part of medical examinations and, if our fitness is on the low side, we should be advised and helped to start exercising. The authors also suggest that if your physician does not begin to determine your aerobic fitness in the near future, you should do so yourself, using any of several scientifically validated online tools.”
acac Fitness & Wellness Center to Open New Location
acac Fitness & Wellness Centers announced last week the acquisition of a facility in Germantown, MD. The new club is located inside of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center. acac will begin operations in the facility, which currently operates as Healthtrax, in December 2016, according to a release. “We are thrilled to become part of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center,” said acac owner Phil Wendel. “The center is an exciting concept in total health for individuals and families. It is a one-stop shop for health with traditional medical services, community health education, physical/occupational health services and a full- service fitness center all under one roof.” The new location offers indoor aquatics, racquetball, basketball, Kids Zone childcare, cardio, free weights, stretching, group exercise, and group cycle classes. In addition, acac will offer wellness programs in partnership with Suburban Hospital, and acac’s award-winning Physician Referred Exercise Program (p.r.e.p.) will feature prominently in the club.
How Presidents Have Stayed In Shape Since the Founding Fathers
Presidents have been physically active since the Founding Fathers set up shop in Washington D.C., according to a CNN article. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were skilled horseback riders. Later, Herbert Hoover would exercise on the South Lawn of the White House with his advisors, playing a game that would become known as Hooverball. Theodore Roosevelt built a tennis court near the south side of the West Wing in the early 20th century, and in 2009 Barack Obama had new lines and removable baskets added to the space so it could be used for a full-court game of basketball. Read our blog post about how former presidents stayed in shape while in office.
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