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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Cardiac Patients Encouraged to Hit the Gym

Cardiac Patients Encouraged to Try HIIT at the Gym
In the 1950s, cardiac patients were told that rest was the key to recovery, but now physicians educate patients about the benefits of aerobic exercise, which help the heart become more efficient over time. "The goal is to raise and sustain that elevated heart rate in what we call a training heart rate zone," Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, medical director for cardiac rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center, told CNN. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been one of the most popular methods for patients to reach the training heart rate zone since Mayo Clinic began recommending it to those diagnosed with heart attack or heart failure in 2009. Patients are often scared to push their hearts soon after a heart attack, but most trust their doctors enough to try, said Ray Squires, program director of cardiac health and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. Among the several thousand patients who have gone through Mayo's 36-week program, "we have never seen a single event during HIIT," he said.

IHRSA 2017 Is Almost Here!

Fitness professionals around the world are preparing to travel to IHRSA 2017, taking place in Los Angeles on March 8-11. We’ll be providing exclusive event coverage here on the IHRSA blog, as well as on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. If you can’t join us in LA, we hope you’ll follow along!

Obesity Linked to 11 Cancers
Obesity has long been thought to increase the odds of developing a wide variety of tumors, but a new study has found “strong evidence” supporting the connection between obesity and 11 types of cancer, Reuters reports. “Researchers analyzed results from 204 previously published studies exploring the connection between obesity, weight gain, waist circumference and 36 different cancers,” the article states. “They found the strongest links were between obesity and malignancies of the digestive organs and for hormone-related tumors in women, according to the report in The BMJ.”

PHIT Introduced in Congress
PHIT, the fitness industry’s top federal legislative priority, was introduced today in Congress. On the national front, IHRSA’s advocacy team has been actively engaging with Congress, the Administration, and allied organizations to promote physical activity and advance the interests of health club businesses, which are instrumental in building a healthier and more prosperous America. As a result of our efforts, the voice of the health club industry is being heard. PHIT (H.R.1267/S.482) was introduced in Congress. Read our full blog post about PHIT.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: A Single Workout Could Be Good for the Heart

A Single Workout Could Be Good for the Heart
Just one single workout could be good for the heart, according to a study featured on The New  York Times’ Well Blog. Researchers found that when mice spent 30 minutes on a treadmill, it affected gene activity within cardiac cells in ways that could slow the aging of their hearts over time. “Although the study involved mice, the results may help to explain just how, at a cellular level, exercise improves heart health in people as well,” the article states.

Prepare for IHRSA 2017, March 8-11 in LA
In less than two weeks, thousands of attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers will convene in Los Angeles for IHRSA 2017. The event will feature more than 100 education sessions, 350+ Trade Show exhibitors, and scores of networking opportunities. To help you prepare—and get the most out of your convention experience—IHRSA staff put our heads together and created three tip-sheets: 

Exercise May Help Obese Women Avoid Pregnancy Complications
Exercising during pregnancy may help obese women lower their risk of dangerous complications, including diabetes and high blood pressure, according to a study by Oregon Health and Science University. “The study suggests that a prenatal exercise-based intervention leads to both decreased costs and improved outcomes in obese women,” said Leah Savitsky, a medical student who led the study. For the study, Savitsky and her team analyzed previously published research on the effect of exercise on pregnant women with a body mass index of at least 30. They calculated that for every one million obese pregnant women, there would be 38,176 cases of preeclampsia (a pregnancy-related blood pressure problem) among those who exercised, compared to 113,000 cases among those who didn’t exercise. They also found exercise may be linked to a decrease in gestational diabetes, with a rate of 195,520 per million among exercisers compared to 305,500 among non-exercisers.

Health Club Owners Get Their News from Industry Publications
Nearly 69% of club operators said that “industry publications” was their main source of industry news and information, according to a blind survey IHRSA commissioned in the Fall of 2016. Rounding out the top three responses were “internet search” at 64% and “conferences” at nearly 62%. Among IHRSA members, industry publications, such as Club Business International magazine, was the top resource for 78.4% of respondents, while “conferences” was the #2 resource chosen by 70.3% of respondents, and associations/federations by 64.9%. Read our full blog post about where club owners get industry news.