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Doctor wants sedentary lifestyles to be considered a medical condition

Contrary to popular belief, a sedentary lifestyle is not limited to the obese. Being inactive can result in diabetes, high blood pressure, joint damage and other health problems.

A Mayo Clinic researcher explains that those who work in an office setting and patients who are immobilized, among others, can be put into this category.

That is why Dr. Michael Joyner wants being sedentary should be treated as a medical condition. He wrote this in a commentary published in this month’s Journal of Physiology.

Joyner feels that if it is treated as a medical condition then physicians could prescribe exercise and formal rehabilitation.


Stretch outdoors in D.C., get a ticket

Getting in shape in D.C. is actually against the law. 

OK, that may be stretching it a bit. But, the outdoor classes that have become so popular in the parks and open spaces around the Nation’s Capitol is not allowed. With the advent of adventure and endurance sports, as well as yoga, sports lessons and boot camps, it is difficult to go a few blocks without seeing a group stretch.


New president at Equinox 

Gatorade’s brand is as strong as ever. Pepsi’s really never has been in danger of losing its foothold in the soft drink market. 

Those are two reasons why Equinox, the fitness chain with 200,000 members over 56 locations, has hired Sarah Robb O’Hagan as its new president. In her new position the former president of Gatorade and global sports nutrition at PepsiCo. Will be responsible for expanding all of the company’s existing brands – Equinox, yoga studio Pure Yoga, budget-friendly fitness club Blink and cycling chain SoulCycle.


Running a club just got easier

ABC Financial, which provides health and fitness software solutions for clubs, has introduced several new features for it’s club reporting system.

Here are five of them:

  • Refined Interface - Tabbed interfaces remain, but not it has a cleaner look.
  • Graphs – For those who are visual there is now graph representation. Great for presentations and the ability to read number more easily.
  • Enhanced Reporting – Grouping of reports in easier-to-find sub-catergories.
  • Favorites Management – You now have the ability to designate important and often-used reports into the Favorites, which is also accessible on mobile devices.
  • More mobile features – generate reports and more.

The beauty is that there are free demos available.


Divorce could jeopardize CrossFit

Here’s hoping the divorce of CrossFit owners won’t affect the widely popular product.

CrossFit was founded 17 years ago by Greg Glassman. Along with his wife, Lauren, the two grew the company to what it is now – 4,400 affiliates who own CrossFit gyms. But now, during the ownership battle Greg Glassman has to fend off a potential co-owner in the form of a Silicon Valley private equity firm.




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