In an article in the December 23, 2002, issue of the Los Angeles Times, Martin Miller reported that tens of thousands of Americans over 50 participate in organized team sports. He also stated that, considering that almost 21 million baby boomers are expected to turn 50 over the next 5 years, the number of such leagues may grow considerably.
You don’t need a sports championship to be proud of your state or city. If your home is on either of the two lists recently released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), it excels in what really counts: fitness awareness and participation.
Compiled from data collected in the 2001 Health Club Trend Report, these lists indicate the U.S. states and metropolitan areas with the highest rates of health club membership. Here are the top 10 of each:
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Don’t fall for those ads for shoe inserts that promise to relieve foot pain. In a survey published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, podiatrists at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, polled 517 soldiers in basic training who wore various inserts in their boots and 397 soldiers who wore no special inserts. Whereas only 29 percent of
the soldiers who didn’t use inserts complained of leg and foot pain, 38 percent of those who used inserts reported pain.
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FORECASTING THE NEXT 5 YEARS IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY
AN INDUSTRY EXPERT EXAMINES HOW TODAY'S SOCIOECONOMIC CLIMATE WILL AFFECT TOMORROW'S BUSINESS OUTLOOK.
Someone once said that predicting the future is easy; it's understanding the present that's so difficult! That said, I'm still going to attempt to make some predictions about what the next 5 years may brin...
INDUSTRY LEADERS TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FITNESS
Good news isn't always easy to find--especially in today's political and economic climates. But when it comes to fitness, the story is different. Consider the following: ...
Since we last reported on automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in a Special Report that appeared in our March issue, several new developments have taken place. In the March 2002 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a Joint Position Statement addressing the purchase and use of AEDs in health and fitness facilities.
It seems as if a new “quick-fix” weight loss product or gadget comes on the market every day. If a client asks you if one of these really works, let the client know that such products don’t always deliver on their promises. To protect your clients from health fraud, share the advice of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which warns consumers to look for these telltale signs of fraudulent claims:
statements suggesting that the product is a quick and effective cure-all or diagnostic tool for a wide variety of ailments