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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Big Data Suggests Running is Socially Contagious

Big Data Suggests Running is Socially Contagious
Running may be contagious, according to a study published in Nature Communications, The New York Times reports. The study is one of the first of its kind to use big data from a global social network. Researchers gathered five years worth of data from about 1.1 million runners worldwide, as well as five years’ worth of data from global weather station, which they cross-correlated with information about runners’ daily workouts. Ultimately, they found that runners do influence one another. “Over all, if one person ran for about 10 minutes more than usual on any given day, that runner’s friends would lengthen their workout by approximately three minutes, even if the weather was discouraging,” The Times states. “Similarly, if a friend ran faster than usual, his or her friends would tend to pick up their pace in their runs that same day.”

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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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Get Active! Magazine’s 2016 Spring Running Shoe Review 

by Cregg Weinmann, Running Shoe Reviewer for Fortius Media Group, LLC 

Finding the best shoe for you has traditionally begun by assessing the characteristics of your feet and gait, and then matching them with the features and properties of a particular shoe. If you had a neutral gait, then your need for specialized shoes was reduced.

However, if you rolled to the inside of your foot, called overpronation, the thinking was that you required a more heavily supported shoe. 

This approach was based on the science- and construction-based solutions of 30 years ago. The notion of overpronation, and the thinking behind it, continued until recently. The (oversimplified) idea was that runners who overpronated risked injury if they didn’t run in shoes that employed a structure to correct the excessive motion. 

The recent minimalist movement set in motion an exploration and rethinking of these long-held tenets. Yes, the use of geometry and lighter materials have improved running shoes and their performance. But more importantly, it has resulted in a paradigm shift toward the understanding that running shoes by themselves don’t prevent overuse injuries, because they can’t control overpronation. 

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This doesn’t mean the accepted stabilizing technologies are unnecessary. They actually help to resist the premature breakdown of the shoe’s structure and performance, playing a key role in the comfort of both your runs and your wallet. They just can’t stop the motion that your feet are inclined to take.  

The motion of general foot types is best served, first, by certain footwear properties, components and designs, and, second, by an individual runner’s preferences for fit and feel. Of the two, fit and feel trump properties, components and designs. All feet pronate, and some—depending on their movement patterns—pronate more than others. 

What we suggest is a starting point within the categories of running footwear styles, but it’s only a starting point. Runners are very fond of their go-to shoes, and a large percentage of runners have been guided toward a particular shoe at the suggestion of a running specialty store. That suggestion starts the learning process for what works for runners. With all the services your local running specialty store provides, it’s a great place to start your search. 

View the full “2016 Running Shoe Review” article in the Spring issue of Get Active!


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Blink Fitness Hides Mirrors, Reebok Launches #TrainerTribute

Blink Fitness Hides Mirrors to Promote Good Health over Looks
Blink Fitness recently launched its “Monday Without Mirrors” program, a month-long initiative in which key mirrors in clubs will be covered in order to challenge members to think about how exercise makes them feel and not just how it makes them look. The effort is in the same vein as the “Every Body Happy” campaign, which the Equinox-owned company launched earlier this year. "Fitness has never been just about looking a certain way for us," Todd Magazine, president of Blink Fitness, said in a release. "Through our 'Monday Without Mirrors' initiative, we're encouraging our members to take a stand with us—that exercise is good for our health. It's good for our minds. It builds confidence. It's not just about what you see in the mirror." For more on Blink Fitness, read Todd Magazine’s interview in Club Business International. 

Team IHRSA Plays in NEHRSA's 35th Annual Golf Tournament

Some IHRSA staffers participated in NEHRSA's 35th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 9 at the Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA. Joe Colotti (top right) from Executive Health & Sports Center as well the NEHRSA Board, addressed the crowd during the event.  

Reebok’s #TrainerTribute Campaign Recognizes Fitness Instructors
Reebok’s new #TrainerTribute campaign “pays homage to the professional fitness instructors who see and cultivate the limitless potential of their students,” according to a press release by the fitness brand. “Reebok argues that their contributions to society are as valuable as those made by healthcare providers and educators; they motivate their clients to be healthy and teach people how to lead an active, productive lifestyle.” On June 9, the series kicked off with a film focusing on boxing and combat-style training. The campaign will continue throughout 2016, with more films featuring other fitness disciplines, such as CrossFit and Studio. For the campaign, Reebok has partnered with Handstand, an app that locates nearby personal fitness trainers. All instructors that sign up to Handstand will automatically become members of ReebokONE, the brand’s global network of fitness trainers. 

Kids Running Programs Are on the Rise
New running programs are aiming to get children involved in the sport with the hope of making physical activity a part of their daily lives, reports The New York Times. Organizers of Global Running Day encouraged around a million children to pledge to run in the Million Kid Run on June 1, and Girls on the Run, a national organization that sponsors running programs, works to get girls into the sport from third through eighth grade. “There is no hard and fast rule for when kids can start running, said Dr. Danelle Fisher, the chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA,” The Times reports. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children and teenagers should not be encouraged to run full marathons, and many races already restrict entry by age. Runners must be 12 years old to run one of the New York Road Runners’ half-marathons and 18 to run the New York City Marathon.”


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Legislators Attend #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill

U.S. Legislators Attend 3rd Annual #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair
IHRSA and the Congressional Fitness Caucus hosted the third annual #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill this Thursday, gathering members of Congress to highlight national efforts and policies to promote physical activity. The day-long event featured interactive exhibits from IHRSA members and IHRSA allies, free body composition screenings, massages, and a group workout. “This is so, so important,” Rep. Ron Kind (WI) said in a speech during the fair. “As we know, we’ve got to change the culture in America, we’ve got to make it easy for more people to be more active. Basically, we have to make healthy choice the easy choice in peoples lives—that means not only physical activity, but nutrition.” Rep. Bob Dold (IL), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI), Carolos Cubelo (FL), Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR), and a number of congressional staff also attended.

Rep. Robert Dold (IL)

Social Media Might Be Behind Popularity of Inversion Yoga Poses
A growing number of yoga participants are striving to master inversion poses, according to The New York Times. The fixation could be caused by social media, where images of yogis doing handstands and other complex poses are popular. An analyst with market research firm IBISWorld said yoga poses lend themselves to showing off—a statement supported by Instagram search results, where the hashtag #yogaeverydamnday has more than five million posts, and #handstand and #handstands have over 400,000. “There’s a level of badassness to it,” Metta Murdaya, 41, told The Times. Murdaya, who has been working on her handstand for two years, said her inversion practice made her feel more confident, fearless, and focused. “Literally, you succeed because you refuse to fail.”

Running Boom Slows as Millennials Opt for Noncompetitive Fitness
After two decades of growth, the popularity of competitive running is starting to slow due to decreased participation from millennials,
The Wall Street Journal reports. The sport is traditionally dominated by young adults, but statistics show those aged 18 to 34 years old are choosing noncompetitive fitness over running. The number of footrace finishers decreased by 9% in 2015, according to Running USA. While the research group reported the sport reached an all-time peak of 19 million runners in 2013, it has since dropped to 17 million in 2015. “Of course, most runners don’t compete in marathons, half-marathons, 10Ks or 5Ks,” The Journal reports. “But the larger pool of noncompetitive runners also is shrinking—especially among millennials, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Overall, the number of adults who run 50 times a year or more declined 11% from 2013 to 2015.”

Fitness Trackers Move to Basketballs and Socks
Fitness trackers have evolved from the clip-on pedometer to the ubiquitous wristband. Now, The New York Times reports that the next iteration of fitness trackers is taking new forms. In the article, The Times details several fitness trackers that are embedded in basketballs, socks, and other unconventional items. The Wilson X Connected Basketball costs $199, and was created to track shots in real time to help players develop shooting skills. A sensor embedded inside the ball records made and missed shots, which it relays to an app. Sensoria’s Fitness Smart Socks, $199, feature textile sensors that transmit data to a mobile app via anklets that are connected to the socks. “As cumbersome as that sounds, the socks are comfortable and the anklets are unnoticeable and stay securely attached,” the reporter wrote. “When used with the Sensoria Fitness app, the socks produce a wealth of real-time feedback on cadence, foot landing, pace and speed (for instance, I found out that I landed on my heel too often when I ran).”


This Week in the Fitness Industry: New Anytime Fitness HQ To Feature Luxe Amenities 

New Anytime Fitness Headquarters Will Include a Zip Line and Tattoo Parlor
Anytime Fitness’ new corporate campus will feature high-end amenities, including a rock climbing wall, a zip line, an obstacle course, biking and hiking trails, and a smoothie bar that becomes a cocktail bar by night, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports. Staff will have access to all of these facilities when the new space opens in Hastings, MN, this spring. “Anytime Fitness owners and east metro creative entrepreneurs Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen decided to lay down the gauntlet and up the ante by adding an on-site tattoo parlor at the new corporate campus,” the Pioneer Press reports. “Why? Members and franchisees of the world’s fastest-growing fitness club chain are so passionate about the brand that more than 3,000 of them have tattooed themselves with the company’s Running Man logo.” 

Study: Millennials Are Serious About Running
Millennials make up nearly half of all runners in the U.S. and are seriousi about the sport, according to a study sponsored by RacePartner, Running USA, and Achieve, reports. The study surveyed more than 15,000 runners born between 1980 and 2000 and found that upwards of 80% are frequent or serious runners. Ninety-five percent of those surveyed said they ran some sort of event last year and 76% said they run all year long. “They haven’t always been runners, though. About half of respondents have been running less than five years, and about one-third have been running for six to 10 years,” the article states. “Basically, they’re responsible for the creation and success of bouncy-house 5Ks, mud runs, dine-and-dash races, and every other wacky running opportunity you've heard of in the last few years.”

Adidas Partners with Yoga Lifestyle Event Company
Adidas announced it forged a multi-year partnership with Wanderlust, a yoga lifestyle event company geared toward elevating millennial fitness engagement, Adidas said in a release. The goal of the partnership is to pair Wanderlust events with Adidas products. Highlights for the partnership in the coming year include Adidas being a presenting partner of Wanderlust’s U.S.-based events and Adidas presenting the largest yoga venue, running, and hiking programs for Wanderlust’s four multi-day summer festivals. “The landscape of sport is changing and it is the female versatile athlete who is leading this shift. She is dedicated to maintaining an active lifestyle and yoga plays a key role in her fitness routine,” Nicole Vollebregt, Adidas’ head of women’s, said in the statement. “The partnership with Wanderlust allows us to reach these women in a new and exciting way as they participate and bond together in a broad range of sports at events across the US.”

High-Impact Exercise Helps Men Strengthen Bones, Prevent Osteoporosis
Men who engage in high-impact exercises and resistance training as teenagers and young adults are likely to have greater bone density by middle age, according to a study published in the American Journal of Men's Health. The study’s researchers, who analyzed data compiled from 203 men aged 30 to 65, said the resulting higher bone density may prevent osteoporosis. "While osteoporosis is commonly associated with only postmenopausal women, it is, in fact, a serious issue for men as well," said the study’s lead author. "Indeed, research has shown that the consequences of osteoporosis can be much worse for men, as they are less likely to be diagnosed and are at a greater mortality risk from fractures that occur as a result of a fall."

Incorporating Exercise into Children’s Lessons May Enhance Learning
A new study suggests that lessons that integrate exercise into learning may help children get better grades—particularly when it comes to memorization. Reuters reports that the small Dutch study, which focused on 500 students in second and third grade, found the group that received instruction supplemented with physical activity had significantly higher scores in math and spelling than their peers who received traditional lessons. "Previous research showed effects of recess and physical activity breaks," the study’s lead author said. "However, we think that the integration of physical activity into academic lessons will result in bigger effects on academic achievement.”


Is Too Much Running Detrimental?

This Week in the Fitness Industry talks running, workouts, Sundance Film Festival and HIIT.

Questions like "What is the best workout for you" or "Can I run too much?" will be answered.

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This Week in the Fitness Industry 7-25-14

Today's edition of This Week in the Fitness Industry is about what you can do to improve performance and feel better about yourself.

Here's what we have:

  • Study: running with music improves performance
  • Those who exercise feel better about their physical appearance
  • Don't let fellow members intimidate you
  • Working with trainer better than video, magazine

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Garmin's latest combines runner's watch and fitness tracker

Garmin announced this week that it will be coming out with the Forerunner 15, which combines its popular GPS running watch with the Vivofit that will add fitness tracking to its already popular product.

The Forerunner 15 will track distance, pace, calories, personal records, and heart rate1, while adding daily activity tracking and alerts when the user has been inactive for too long. 

It can be used with Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community when one can keep track of progress and goals while also sharing with other users.

For more on the new product and estimated date of availability, visit the Garmin blog.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: 4-4-14

It's all about getting out there, breaking a sweat and getting the ol' pumper moving. Anyway, those who are not getting off the couch, out from behing the desk, or out of the car in some way, need all the help they can get.

This Week in the Fitness Industry is here to help. Today we offer a study that shows the worst jobs, as far as obesity rates; ways to spice up your run; insight into who belongs to a gym; and a fun way to get involved in swimming.

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