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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. 

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7 Ways Former U.S. Presidents Stayed In Shape and Managed Stress

This post was originally published in the IHRSA Advocate.

Becoming leader of the United Statesand the free worldis a stressful, demanding job. But that doesn’t stand in the way of most presidents’ ability to stay active and maintain their fitness levels.

And while a lot has changed since George Washington was elected in 1789, the theme of active presidents has not. Enjoy the seven most popularand interestingways presidents have stayed active since "Yankee Doodle" was a number one hit.

1. Golf

Golf is by and large the sport most often enjoyed by United States presidents. The first president to hit the links was William Howard Taft (1909-1913). Nearly every president from Taft to the current incumbent Barack Obama, save Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, were known to duck out of the Oval Office for a few rounds of golf.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

2. Swimming

The first president to start swimming was John Quincy Adams (1825-1829), who regularly swam laps in the Potomac. While Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t walk due to polio, he could swim and did so several times a week while in office.

In 1975, avid swimmer Gerald Ford added a swimming pool to the White House grounds. President Reaganthe last known swimming aficionado in the Oval Office, grew up swimming and was reported to have saved 77 people during his youthful tenure as a lifeguard in Illinois.

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5 Presidents Who Made the White House Their Health Club 

The following post was originally published in the IHRSA Advocate.

Belief in carving out time for physical activity transcends presidential terms and political parties. Here are five former presidents who made the White House their very own health club.

1. Ronald Reagan converted an unused White House bedroom to a gym for daily strength training and cardio. His exercise routines headlined Parade Magazine as How To Stay Fit: The President’s Personal Exercise Program (December 1983). After describing his favorite types of indoor and outdoor exercises, Reagan wrote, “I would urge each of you reading this article to think about how you could get a little more physical activity into your life.”

In addition, Reagan has also been rumored to have been caught exercising on a few occasions. He reportedly said, “If you see somebody jumping up and down on the second floor of the White House, that's me rebounding.”

Because of this, Reagan earns #1 on the list of presidents that transformed the White House into a health club.

2. Gerald Ford exercised daily in the swimming pool he had constructed for the White House in 1975. Before politics, the athletic Ford considered playing professional football for the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, who were both impressed by his performance at the University of Michigan.

We can only guess that future presidents also made good use of the pool; George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan have all reported that they also enjoy swimming. Ford earns #2 in White House health club design.

3. Teddy Roosevelt had a tennis court built on White House grounds in 1902 and used it frequently. To round out his fitness regimen, President Roosevelt was known to go jogging around the Washington Monument and to enjoy boxing. He earns #3.

4. Herbert Hoover played Hoover-ball—a hybrid of tennis and volleyball using a medicine ball and an eight-foot net. The game was created by White House physician Admiral Joel T. Boone. Hoover completed this workout six times per week. Hoover earns #4, with extra points for including others in the group fitness routine.

5. Calvin Coolidge championed the “Iron Horse”—an electrical machine designed to mimic horse-riding. The Iron Horse, which Coolidge rode in the comfort of the White House, came with multiple settings used to adjust speed. Coolidge rounds out IHRSA’s list at #5 and earns the additional award of “most unique exercise machine installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”