Who says that playgrounds are only for kids? In an effort to improve activity levels in older adults, a “playground” geared to adults 60 and older opened on May 19 in London’s Hyde Park. The “Hyde Park Senior Playground” has six pieces of outdoor exercise equipment, including a stationary bicycle, a cross-trainer and a sit-up bench. A similar park, equipped with pull-up, push-up and pedaling stations, was built in Manchester’s Dam Head Park 2 years ago. That park cost about $22,600 (£15,000) and was built by a local residents’ association. “When we tested [the park], all the people we took in were over 70, and I have never heard so much laughing,” said Joan Fitzgerald, the association’s chairwoman. “I believe you are never too old to play, and this also helps keep you fit.”newsletter_teaser:
Who says that playgrounds are only for kids? In an effort to improve activity levels in older adults, a “playground” geared to adults 60 and older opened on May 19 in London’s Hyde Park. The “Hyde Park Senior Playground” has six pieces of outdoor exercise equipment, including a stationary bicycle, a cross-trainer and a sit-up bench. A similar park, equipped with pull-up, push-up and pedaling stations, was built in Manchester, England, 2 years ago by a local residents’ association. “When we tested [the park], all the people we took in were over 70, and I have never heard so much laughing,” said Joan Fitzgerald, the association’s chairwoman.
The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, a fitness and TeleFitness® education provider, has recently gained accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC Accrediting Commission has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accreditation agency since 1959. “On behalf of AFAA, I would like to thank the participants and staff for all their hard work, patience and trust they have placed in us throughout this pursuit of DETC accreditation,” said AFAA president, Linda Pfeffer, in a press release.
Health-Conscious Chef Spreads the Word on Healthy Eating
A person’s nutrition choices can make or break his health. Unfortunately it seems that many people would rather choose McDonald’s french fries over a healthy spinach salad. However, one man has made it his mission to teach the world’s eaters to take nutrition choices into their own hands. Formerly known as the “Naked Chef,” Jamie Oliver has a reputation for helping the average, non-culinary-oriented person navigate the kitchen.
Welcome to Hollywood . . . and the 2010 IDEA World Fitness Convention™! [/conference/idea-world-fitness-convention-2010] Make your plans now to join the excitement at the industry’s largest and longest-running fitness convention. It’s all happening for the first time at the world-famous L.A. LIVE entertainment complex in the heart of Los Angeles, site of the American Music Awards, the ESPYs, the EMMYs and the American Idol finals.
Despite a faltering economy due to prolonged
recession, experts forecast continued success within the fitness industry. According to reports from industry market research firm IBISWorld, consumers are expected to continue to pursue
improvements in health and fitness. IBISWorld suggests that fitness facilities will experience
a 3.2% growth in 2010, with revenues of $25.09 billion. Weight loss services are expected to
grow to $3.87 billion, an increase of 1.9%.
Over the last several years, small-group personal training has dramatically increased in popularity. This form of training is not only time-effective for the personal trainer but economical for many clients who are unable to afford private sessions. However, many trainers who excel in a one-on-one training environment struggle when attempting to coordinate group sessions.
On Saturday, November 21, IDEA associate editor Ryan Halvorson (right) and graphic designer Rafael Lopez (far left) took to the streets of San Diego for the GO Urban Adventure Challenge. The challenge takes place in a variety of cities across the U.S. and invites two-person teams to solve clues via text message. Once solved, the clues direct teams to various locations where they must perform physical and mental challenges. Challengers must travel by foot or public transportation only.
If you are like most personal trainers, you enjoy working out in the gym, but your clients may not always share your enthusiasm. Clients can get bored or complacent during traditional strength and conditioning programs that focus on sets, reps and steady-state activity.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index™ Report has recently named Washington, DC, as the fittest of America’s 50 most populous metropolitan areas. Developed in conjunction with the WellPoint Foundation, the
report looks at preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, community resources that support physical activity and more. According to the report, the Washington, DC, area offers a high percentage of parks, recreation and activity centers and similar facilities.