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Entries in National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (3)


This Week in the Fitness Industry: 700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts

700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts
Hundreds of Anytime Fitness gyms will host free outdoor exercise events nationwide, according to a release. The “May Free Workouts” began in 2015 as a grassroots effort by a few Anytime Fitness gyms, and has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical activity. About 700 facilities are expected to participate, hosting activites such as yoga in the park, Zumba classes, kickboxing lessons, and tug-of-war competitions. “We believe a healthy lifestyle is achievable for anyone,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder & CEO of Anytime Fitness. “May Free Workouts are designed to encourage community members to get up and move in an active, motivating atmosphere. Because when fitness is enjoyable and done in an encouraging, fun environment, it becomes easy to reach your goals.”

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Three decades later, obesity and sedentary behavior still prevalent

Three decades after President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation making May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the country has possibly become more sedentary than that day in 1983.

This is what Helen Durkin, IHRSA executive vice president of Public Policy, said in her column on the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease website.

"To fathom the benefits that regular exercise brings, we don’t need to dig deep. After all, regular physical activity is a well-established mainstay of primary prevention. By primary prevention, I mean basic lifestyle behaviors that stop preventable chronic diseases before they start. Specifically, the four key pillars of primary prevention include: (i) regular exercise; (ii) sound nutrition; (iii) the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, and other controlled substances; and (iv) stress management," she wrote.

Find the entire column on the PFCD website.


ACE offers videos to help get children active

The American Council on Exercise reminds parents that it has a series of videos on its website that can help get children moving, in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month’s call to Move in May.

  • Move Those Hula Hips: While hula hooping itself is great exercise, these three creative examples of how to use the hoop will get kids more active and make physical activity a fun family affair.
  • Chalk It Up: Help kids let their inner artist shine and get them moving too with fun, creative games that challenge their bodies. Check out some ways you can fuel their imagination with a little chalk.
  • Double Dutch Anyone? Did you know that jumping rope for 10 minutes burns about the same number of calories as running a mile at an 8-minute pace? Find out how jumping rope can transition from a classic childhood pastime to a fun, inexpensive way to get kids active.
  • Inside Activities Can Burn Calories Too: Check out some creative ways you can entertain your kids and keep them moving, even when the heat, rain or cold is keeping you inside.

Check out the ACE video series.