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Entries in aerobic exercise (6)


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Aerobic Fitness Should Be Considered a Vital Sign

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. 

IHRSA Members Can Save on Music Licensing with BMI
IHRSA group purchasing supplier Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) supports songwriters, composers, and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers—getting paid for the music they create. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works. BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Learn more about how to save on music licensing with BMI.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Equinox, Life Time Fitness Create Workspaces for Members

Equinox, Life Time Fitness Create Workspaces for Members
In response to consumer demand, an increasing amount of health clubs are providing workspaces for their members to to conduct business on-site, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Equinox in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood has a 1,150-square-foot lounge/workspace, which it may expand to 6,000 square feet if it continues to gain popularity. Colorado Athletic Club in Denver has a workspace with Wi-Fi, USB ports and outlets, and free coffee in the mornings. Life Time Fitness’ downtown Minneapolis facility has two conference rooms for members, and its Tampa, FL-gym has a business center. The 121-club chain is also installing high-top tables for those who want to do work in a newly opened New York City facility. 

IHRSA Board Chair Rasmus Ingerslev's Club Business International Photoshoot 

Well-timed Exercise May Boost Learning
Exercising may improve learning—if you time it right. A series of Dutch experiments recently found a link to improved recall in those who performed aerobic exercise four hours after a memorization task. “Newly-learned information turns into long-term knowledge through a process of stabilization and integration of memories, the study team writes in Current Biology,” according to Reuters. “This requires certain brain chemicals that are also released during physical exercise, including dopamine, noradrenaline (norepinephrine) and a growth factor called BDNF, they explain.” 

New Jersey Trial Judge Denies Class Action Suit Targeting Health Clubs
This spring, a New Jersey judge, in a ruling favorable to the health club industry, denied certifying a class action filed on behalf of 18,000 health club members claiming that a group of fitness centers was not following state law. In Mellet v. Aquasid, Judge Anthony Pugliese, from the bench of a state Superior Court based in Camden, blocked a consumer class action lawsuit from advancing, representing a victory for the health club industry. The ruling made two significant distinctions between gym membership and other types of consumer goods and services. Read out full coverage of the class action suit ruling.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Health Clubs House Boutique Studios to Meet Demand

Health Clubs House Boutique Studios to Meet Specialized Exercise Demand
Increasingly, consumers are expecting their exercised to be specialized—a trend reflected in the growth of boutique studios. And now health clubs are responding to that demand by housing boutique clubs within their facility, The Wall Street Journal reports. “More health clubs are inviting specialty studios—even competitors—to set up shop inside their walls,” the Journal states. “Typically, members receive a discount to these studios and nonmembers are drawn into gyms they might otherwise ignore. The idea is to blend a boutique’s allure and expert instruction with the foot traffic and existing infrastructure of a larger facility.” 

Study: 60 Seconds of Strenuous Exertion Yields Same Benefits as Longer, Moderate Exercise
One minute of rigorous exercise may be as beneficial for health and fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise, according to a study by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. For the study, researchers randomly divided 25 out-of-shape men into three groups: one group changed nothing about their exercise routines, the second began an endurance-workout routine on stationary bikes, and the third began an interval training routine on stationary bikes. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the exercisers saw identical gains, whether they had completed the lengthy, endurance workouts or the short, intense intervals. “The upshot of these results is that three months of concerted endurance or interval exercise can notably—and almost identically—improve someone’s fitness and health,” The New York Times reports. “Neither approach to exercise was, however, superior to the other, except that one was shorter—much, much shorter.” 

New York Classpass Members Outraged by Another Price Hike
Classpass, the fitness company that enables members to attend different types of exercise classes at multiple health clubs and studios, sparked outrage among its New York users on Wednesday when it sent an email alerting them to a yet another price increase, according to Business Insider. Members who currently have Classpass’ unlimited plan will go from paying $125/month to $190/month for the same service. Members shared their outrage on social media, where many pointed out that Classpass, which initially offered its unlimited plan for $99/month, raised its price nearly $100 over the span of 10 months. “As our community of members has grown, it’s become clear that our business must evolve to meet their needs,” the email stated. “Studio drop-in rates in the New York City metro area are as high as $35, and in order to build a membership that’s best for our customers and for our business, we can no longer sustain a one-size-fits-all Unlimited membership at our current rates.” 

Can America’s Doctors Lead Us to Better Health?
While fitness is a proven path to better health, just 9% of doctor’s office visits include physical activity counseling—a disconnect that may be caused by the way physicians are trained and paid, according to Helen Durkin, executive vice president of public policy for IHRSA, and Edward M. Phillips, MD, assistant professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, and director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in a Medical Economics article. “Historically, the focus of the U.S. medical system has been on treating illness. And frankly, doctors tend to view their role as deliverers of the cure—with relatively little time or training spent on prevention or health promotion,” the article states. “But with often-avoidable chronic diseases now the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, doctors need to start seeing themselves less as mechanics applying a fix once disease appears, and more as leaders of our country’s wellbeing. It’s time for our healthcare system at large to rethink what it really means to heal.” Read our ‘Can America’s Doctor’s Lead Us to Better Health?’ blog post.


Aerobic Exercise in Varying Frequencies Benefits Health of Overweight Women

Research consistently demonstrates that exercise is beneficial for people with overweight and obesity. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health assessed the impact of varying frequency and duration of aerobic physical activity on overweight women. Thirty-four participants were randomized to either a long bout (twice weekly, 75 minute sessions) or short bout (30 minute sessions five times per week) group of similar intensity exercise for eight weeks.

 Results showed that weekly energy expenditure was similar for both groups. In addition, exercise training resulted in improved fitness, decreased waist circumference, decreased insulin resistance, and reduced diastolic blood pressure, with no major difference in benefit between the two groups. The authors concluded that exercise training programs with comparable energy expenditure are comparably beneficial independent of frequency and duration of the individual sessions.

Manthou E1, Gill JM, Malkova D. Effect of exercise programs with aerobic exercise sessions of similar intensity but different frequency and duration on health-related measures in overweight women. J Phys Act Health. 2015 Jan;12(1):80-6. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2013-0047. Epub 2014 May 15.

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Health Benefits of Exercise: Jan. 13, 2014

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

New year, new report name

The new year is often a time for new beginnings, as people resolve to change their lifestyle, diet, and exercise habits to become fitter and healthier. In 2014, we would like to introduce to you a new and improved health benefits of exercise newsletter, the "Health Benefits of Exercise Report." Just like Health e-Review, the report provides you with biweekly summaries of the latest research on the health benefits of regular exercise and healthy habits, with articles pulled from the thousands published in the online biomedical research database PubMed, and summed up in easy-to-read and share formats.

You will surely notice a few changes, mostly:

  • A more visual, easy-on-the-eyes design for the posters and print newsletter
  • A brand new look for the e-mail newsletter
  • Issues sorted by date, not volume, so you can search through them more quickly

More updates will be coming this year, as we publish a searchable archive of all our health benefits of exercise research and unveil new health promotion resources. 

This Week in Health Benefits of Exercise Report 

1. Barriers and Enablers to Physical Activity Among Older Adults

2. Exercise and Nutritional Guidance Benefit Middle-aged and Older Japanese Women 

3. Aerobic Exercise Program Improves Health Parameters In Obese Children

Health Benefits of Exercise Report is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health Benefits of Exercise, click here. For other member-only resources, visit


Ideal Temperature for Water Aerobics

Q: "What is ideal temperature for water aerobics?"

A: That’s a tough one. Water temperature is a lot like music, everyone has their personal preferences.

It is hard to please both the hardcore lap swimmer who would prefer the water temp was 78-79 degrees and the senior member with arthritis who would like to get into 86-88 degree water.

Unless you have the luxury of a dedicated warm water therapy pool, you would normally split the difference and keep the temp as close to 81 degrees as possible. Water aerobics participants can generally begin moving quickly enough to overcome the initial jolt to their system and get their heart rate pumping sufficiently to adjust to 81 degree water.

Bob Shoulders, Owner
Fayetteville Athletic Club

A: According to the American College of Sports Medicine - “Health / Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines” (second edition), the appropriate temperature for fitness facility pools is between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Experience suggest that most “lap swimmers” prefer 78 – 80 degrees, most “aqua aerobics participants” prefer 81 – 83 degrees, and most “aqua therapy / rehabilitation clients” prefer 84 – 86 degrees. These ranges work great of course if you have specific pools for each purpose. If not, as is the case with most health clubs, a compromise of 80 – 82 seems to work best.

Brent Darden, Owner
TELOS Fitness Center