Exercise and Industry
1. GLL to open first standalone budget site
Health Club Management
Leisure trust GLL is to open its first standalone, wholly owned budget club in London later this year. GLL entered the budget club sector with its Gym-London brand in 2008 but so far the concept has worked mainly as an option for members to gain limited, gym-only access at full-service leisure centres operated by GLL.
2. ASA grants for five swimming projects
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has awarded funding to five projects in England, which aim to increase participation among non-swimmers and in deprived communities. Administered by the Swimming Trust, grants have been made available through the Kellogg’s Swim Active Grant Scheme and has seen more than £75,000 handed out in the latest round.
Health & Lifestyle
1. Warning over herbal slimming aids
People are being warned against buying “dangerous” herbal slimming aids online. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there were concerns about some products, including Instant Slim and Sport Burner, being sold on websites and shipped around the world.
2. Pumping iron ‘can double your chances of quitting smoking’
Weightlifting can do more than just build muscle – it can also help smokers kick the habit, say researchers. A team from The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island found men and women are twice as likely to quit smoking if they do regular resistance training. It builds on previous studies that found aerobic exercise can reduce cigarette cravings as well as control weight gain after kicking the habit.
3.Can’t give up tanning beds? Users show same brain changes as drug addicts
Sunbeds are as addictive as drugs and alcohol, research suggests. Scientists claim that those obsessed with having a year-round tan may be unable to stop themselves, just like addicts desperate for a fix. They suggest habitual users or ‘tanorexics’ who ignore the health risks may even need medical help to stop.