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What is causing failing grades for children’s fitness?

Children are not exercising enough, according to a recent report.

More often than not the Internet and use of computers is blamed for the rash of sedentary and obese children in the United States.

A new report by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance lays blame there, but also pins busy parents and reliance on cars as reasons for children’s lack of fitness. The non-profit Alliance issued the first U.S. report card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

He said that half of children’s waking hours are spent in sedentary activity. Guidelines say that youth should get at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every day.

"Kids want to be active, if they’re given the opportunity," said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and chairman of the research committee that issued the report card. "This is for us to change.”

A great way to start your kids on the path of living healthier is IHRSA's new children's book, "Active from A to Z." The book is an illustrated alphabet book that uses animals playing sports and exercising as a way to learn.

U.S. failing on kids activity report card (Reuters)

What fitness trends are right for you?

We are almost half way through 2014 so now is a good time to check in with the hot fitness trends to see how they are shaping up.

Scott Weiss, a trainer and physical therapist, looks at hot yoga, high intensity interval training CrossFit and spinning and lists reasons why it is “hot” and why it “might be not.”

Weiss isn’t necessarily saying these four exercises will continue to trend but more laying out reasons why it may work or not work for particular people.

Is your exercise ‘hot’ or ‘not’? (Health News Digest)

Move over NBA, the NPFL is coming

A new sports league debuting this summer should certainly have those in the health and fitness industry quite interested.

The National Pro Fitness League will pit teams competing against each other in 11 races ranging from 3 to 11 minutes. The races are functional, from weightlifting to gymnastics. They could be single competitors or men and women teaming up.

Eight franchises will compete in a six-week season beginning in August. Tryouts are ongoing and a final tryout will be in mid-June before a draft in July.

No doubt IHRSA club members and associate members alike will be involved in this CrossFit Games-type endeavor.

Professional fitness league debuting this summer (

Don’t start personal training business before you do this

The personal training market is certainly on the upswing. Small group training is super hot and most gym members work out with a trainer in one form or another. takes a look at some of the necessary steps to consider when thinking about starting your own personal trainer business. In this particular excerpt the site looks at social media and what you must do before, and during, your business.

Some of the tips include setting up a blog, creating a YouTube channel, populate your blog, set up a Facebook page, create a Yelp profile, 

Of course, IHRSA has plenty of stories and blog posts and tools in the IHRSA Store on social media 

Social media tips for starting a personal training business (Entrepreneur)



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