Category Archives: Commercial Fitness Industry

Worksite health programs: why do so few use them?

Worksite health promotion (WHP) programmes are designed to help identify and address health and lifestyle issues, and are offered by 40–75% of employers in Europe and the US. But research suggests that a high proportion (50–75%) of workers do not … Continue reading

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This Insurance Company is Paying People to Stay Fit

Oscar Insurance bills itself as a “new kind of health insurance company,” one that uses a combination of technology and transparency to bring the stodgy insurance industry out of the Dark Ages. And now, it’s giving the industry a particularly … Continue reading

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5 Fitness Trends to Try in 2015

Health.com / Rozalynn S. Frazier @goodhealth Curious about what’s going to be hot in the wellness sphere next year? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We put our sneakers to the ground to find out what fitness trends could … Continue reading

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How exercise is affected by the light-dark cycle

Physiol Behav. 2014 Dec 2. pii: S0031-9384(14)00602-7. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.11.069. [Epub ahead of print] The time of day differently influences fatigue and locomotor activity: Is body temperature a key factor? Machado FS1, Rodovalho GV2, Coimbra CC3. Author information 1Department of Physiology … Continue reading

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Older women who exercise outdoors more likely to stick with it

(Reuters Health) - Outdoor workouts left women in a better mood and kept them exercising longer than counterparts who exercised indoors, according to a small study from Canada. Results of the three-month trial involving women in their 50s and 60s … Continue reading

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Inappropriately designed fitness programs put users at increased risk of injury, adverse health

Health is high on the agenda in many countries with efforts to get more people exercising in order to reduce the problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Unfortunately, risk assessment is inadequate in terms of … Continue reading

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Exercise in a bottle being developed by candy company Nestle

Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle SA (NESN) scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, … Continue reading

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New online calculator estimates cardiovascular disease risk

Boston, MA — The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy method to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple lifestyle habits. The free … Continue reading

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Biggest corporate wellness lawsuit ever

Honeywell is not the first employer to be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to a wellness program, but it is the biggest. The EEOC filed its third suit Monday against the company, in part because employees can … Continue reading

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Cardiopulmonary fitness is a function of lean mass, not total body weight: The DR’s EXTRA study.

Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014 Nov 7. pii: 2047487314557962. [Epub ahead of print] Krachler B1, Savonen K2, Komulainen P3, Hassinen M3, Lakka TA4, Rauramaa R2. Author information 1Kuopio Research Institute of Exercise Medicine, Finland Department of Public Health and Clinical … Continue reading

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Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassment

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Adolescent boys who bully peers and engage in homophobic teasing are more likely to perpetrate sexual harassment later on, suggests a new study of middle-school students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. … Continue reading

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A Smart Bike That Lets You Stream Spinning Classes at Home

By  Issie Lapowsky The other day, I took a spinning class. It was the standard fare. The instructor’s abs very toned and very intimidating. She pumped the jams and proceeded to launch a brutal attack on my hamstrings and quads. … Continue reading

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Why some women are crying at the gym

Jessica Bennett @jess7bennett For a generation of stressed-out working women, exercise is as much about emotional release as it is physical training. It’s 7am on a Tuesday, at a small dance studio in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, and Taryn Toomey is … Continue reading

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