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Escape and stay in shape

Many people don’t like to take a vacation from working out and being healthy. Not even when they are on vacation. 

For those people there is Escape to Shape fitness vacations. 

Trips can be to Laos or Croatia. They usually have about 15-20 people, mostly women in the 30s and 40s, and will certainly include Pilates, yoga and the like while staying in private villas. 

Founder Erica Gragg is now working on two books in between her 10 months a year that she is scouting new and exotic locales. 


No longer the obese workforce

In this space this summer we posted a story about Snap Fitness opening a fitness center at a truck stop in Dallas, with more planned. Now we find out there are more options for the millions of truckers across the U.S.

TravelCenters of America has StayFit where it has free gyms in truck stops, offers healthier eating options and half portions, has walking routes near truck stops and is even building basketball courts in some locations.

And U.S. Express has joined the Truckload Carriers Association’s weight-loss program. 

Larklife is with you 24/7

Yet another fitness gadget is on the market. And like others before it, Larklife will track your diet, fitness and stress. But unlike devices this wireless wristband will take the data and provide science-based expert advice to help you reach goals and remain healthy.

In addition, Larklife tracks your sleep in order to provide useful data. Then, when it is time to get up, it can awake you with a vibrating alarm.

It is expected to be on the market during the holidays.




Jacob's Ladder gaining popularity

Ideas are usually born out of necessity. For Jacob’s Ladder inventor Steve Nichols, he needed a new workout that was not strenuous on his injured knees and back. 

Thus, the machine that is popular with Navy Seals, Army Rangers and the TV show “The Biggest Loser” came about. It is also endorsed the American College of Sports Medicine. 

With both hands and feet moving – it is a high calorie-burning, full-body workout.




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