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Friday
Aug192016

This Week in the Fitness Industry: Exercise is the Antidote for 5 Common Diseases

Exercise is the Antidote for 5 Common Diseases
And the benefits of exercise keep coming… Regular exercise may reduce people’s risk for five common diseases, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed 174 studies published over the last 36 years, and found that those with high levels of weekly physical activity had lower risks of getting breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. “The study findings showed the biggest benefit at 3,000 to 4,000 MET minutes a week,” WebMD reports. “A person could get 3,000 MET minutes by weaving activity into their daily routine—for example, 10 minutes of climbing stairs; 15 minutes of vacuuming; 20 minutes of gardening; 20 minutes of running; and 25 minutes of walking or cycling.” 

Study: Long-term, Intensive Training Doesn’t Damage the Heart
Is it possible to get too much exercise? In an attempt to answer the age-old question, exercise scientists studied former Olympians and other athletes to determine if years of rigorous training can irreparably injure the body and, specifically, the heart. The results are good news for athletes; “Its findings suggest that while such training can substantially change how the heart is shaped, it does not seem to cause lasting damage to the heart’s function,” reports The New York Times.    

IHRSA European Congress Registration is Now Open
You can now register for the annual IHRSA European Congress, one of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe. The Congress features presentations by highly respected speakers from both within and outside the industry, that focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities. Attracting leaders from across Europe, the keynotes and all education sessions will be simultaneously translated into French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Over 500 pan-European leaders from the health club and fitness industry are expected to attend this year’s European Congress in Seville, Spain, 17-20 October—make sure you’re one of them! Learn more about the IHRSA European Congress.

Virtual Reality Fitness Apps Aim to Make Exercise More Exciting
Several new virtual reality (VR) fitness apps were displayed at the Virtual Reality LA Summer Expo 2016 in Los Angeles earlier this month. Blue Goji’s Goji Play essentially turns any cardio machine into a giant game controller, according to The Washington Post. It consists of two straps with buttons that wrap around the handlebars of a stationary bike, elliptical, or stepper. Combined with a VR headset and the app’s library of games, the product creates a unique exercise experience. “The VR game I tried used the Goji Play and an elliptical machine to control an antigravity racer on a futuristic neon track — quite an exhilarating, mind-bending experience,” The Post reporter wrote.

Friday
Jun032016

This Week in the Fitness Industry: NBA Launches Its First Fitness App

NBA Teams with Under Armour to Launch Fitness App
The NBA launched its first-ever fitness app on Wednesday. The app, which was produced in partnership with Under Armour, combines exclusive NBA content with Under Armour’s Connected Fitness platform. App users will be able to track and share their fitness goals and progress, participate in virtual fitness challenges, and view workout trips from NBA trainers who work with players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. "Through this partnership, we are able to combine Under Armour’s connected fitness expertise with the league’s fitness knowledge to create an experience that inspires people to be active, eat healthy and play together," Todd Jacobson, the NBA's senior vice president of social responsibility, said in a press release, Mashable reports. 

Higher Levels of Physical Activity Linked to Lower Cancer Risk
Higher levels of moderate to vigorous activity resulted in lowered risk for 13 out of 26 types of cancer, according to a new analysis of several research studies from the U.S. and Europe. National Institutes of Health researchers looked at results from 12 studies involving 1.44 million people and found that higher levels of activity led to a 42% lower risk of esophageal cancer, a 27% lower risk of liver cancer, a 26% lower risk of lung cancer, and a 23% lower risk of kidney cancer. “Our results support that these associations are broadly generalizable to different populations, including overweight or obese individuals, or those with a history of smoking. These findings support promoting physical activity as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention and control efforts,” the researchers concluded in JAMA Internal Medicine, Reuters reports.

Virtual Reality Fitness Experience Debuts at Asia IT Show
Holodia Fitness unveiled a new virtual reality exercise experience for the for the HTC Vive headset at Computex 2016, the largest IT show in Asia, CNET reports. When using the virtual reality system while on a rowing machine, the user can choose to experience rowing in a number of locations, from ice caves in Antarctica to the Saturnine asteroid belt. “Naturally in the Antarctic I was in a fairly normal-looking kayak, while around Saturn I was in a high-tech space canoe, complete with gloved hands—if I looked up I could even see the top of my space suit's helmet,” the CNET reporter wrote. “Both times I could always see my rowing stats, like distance and time.”