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Entries in physical activity (3)


If you lead, others will follow

As we in this industry are well aware, physical inactivity is a global problem. The number of people who don’t get the exercise needed for good health is staggeringly high in nearly every country in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 31% of adults aged 15 and over are insufficiently active.

As a result, health and fitness clubs are now more important than ever to the world’s health, but how do we encourage more people to join? The following are three ways fitness professionals around the world are managing to do so.

Read on to see how others are promoting physical activity.

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Teens' cardiorespitory levels are at low levels

It's all about the kids in today's This Week in the Fitness Industry.

We have a new fitness tracker from a popular kids toy-maker; preschool getting kids active at an early age; teens activity levels dropping fast; and, a decorated Olympian hoping to get the message out about the importance of exercise and nutrition.

Read about all of them in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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Teaching healthy lifestyles to children is fun with 'Active from A to Z' 

When Jay Ablondi, IHRSA executive vice president of Global Products, was reading to his daughter Ella, now 3½, he noticed there were plenty of alphabet books but not necessarily many that had a message of exercise.

That gave him an idea. Or, actually, sparked an old idea that had been shelved for more than five years.

Ablondi and Stan Tran, IHRSA Association Management Systems administrator, had started working on a children’s book in the late 2000s but put it on hold due to time restraints and the recession. With his new revelation he went to Tran and set a deadline to finish, and publish, the book.

“Active from A to Z”, IHRSA’s first foray into publishing a children’s book, just became available for purchase this week. The 56-page publication is full of bright illustrations by Tran that complement Ablondi’s rhyming of animals being active and accompanying fun facts.

Read on more on how it came about and how to order a copy.

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