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Entries in physical activity (14)


Promote physical activity

As we in this industry are well aware, physical inactivity is a global problem. The number of people who don’t get the exercise needed for good health is staggeringly high in nearly every country in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 31% of adults aged 15 and over are insufficiently active.

As a result, health and fitness clubs are now more important than ever to the world’s health, but how do we encourage more people to join? The following are three ways fitness professionals around the world are managing to do so.

Read on to see how others are promoting physical activity.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: 5-30-14

It's all about the kids in today's This Week in the Fitness Industry.

We have a new fitness tracker from a popular kids toy-maker; preschool getting kids active at an early age; teens activity levels dropping fast; and, a decorated Olympian hoping to get the message out about the importance of exercise and nutrition.

Read about all of them in This Week in the Fitness Industry.


Youth activity gets sub-par grades in report

Results from the inaugural United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth were far from acceptable.

Results show that only 1 in 4 children ages 6-15 get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.

“We hope the Report Card will galvanize researchers, health professionals, community members, and policy makers across the U.S. to improve our children’s physical activity opportunities, which will improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life,” said Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., chairman of the 2014 Report Card Research Advisory Committee.

The Report Card was unveiled at a Congressional Fitness Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill on April 29. It was prepared by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, its organizational partner.

Check out more on the Report Card, as well as the grades, here. 



Exercise can help with Alzheimer's disease

Studies show those who are physically active have less of a chance of developing early stages of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

A 30-60 minute workout a few times a week can help improve thinking and reasoning, improve memory for those who have mild Alzheimer's, and delay the start of the disease.

For more, read this.

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