1. Last chance to attend world-leading events
From 19-22 April, FIA’s FIBO event will be held in Essen, Germany. The event includes a networking dinner on 19 April and a fitness, wellness and health tradeshow. Bookings for this event close on 4 April.
To book your free place at FIBO, email Georgia@fia.org.uk
2. Bannatyne’s fitness empire profits slump
Duncan Bannatyne’s fitness clubs empire suffered a slump in profits last year as the economic downturn took its toll, accounts have revealed. Bannatyne Fitness, which operates 59 clubs, saw pre-tax profits fall to £7.8 million in 2011 from £12m a year earlier.
In their report, directors said they were “disappointed with the results” and said they expected “the industry to remain tough”.
3. Fast food ‘gives you the blues’, study finds
A study showed people who often ate hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza are 51 per cent more likely to develop depression than those who rarely or never ate them.
Those who regularly indulged were also found to be more likely to be single, less active, smoke and work more than 45 hours a week.
4. Spring into shape now: From fitness ‘snacking’ to the three-chew challenge – here’s how to lose that winter flab
‘One of the big fitness trends is sharing a personal trainer,’ says Matt. ‘I’ve seen an increase in small groups of friends hiring a personal trainer and splitting the cost.’
Gym chain David Lloyd has also launched group personal trainers or ‘GPTs’. ‘You get the benefits of a personal trainer but you share the cost with friends,’ says Anna-Marie Muldowney, of David Lloyd.
5. Springing into fair weather fitness
Before attacking that Saturday softball game or weekend charity run, experts say, prepare your body for the switch.
6. TV ad shows danger of ‘invisible secondhand smoke’
Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England.
7. I shed 8st after shock of facing a gastric band op
Secretary Hayley Cahalarn was shocked into shedding eight stone after she got so fat her GP offered her a gastric band on the NHS. Hayley, 28, was mortified when she realised she weighed 18 stone and her doctor suggested she needed surgery to lose the flab.
But she refused to go under the knife and lost weight just by eating healthily and joining a gym.
8. Women in UK die years earlier than in much of Europe
Britain’s healthcare system trails the rest of Europe in a number of crucial areas, including female mortality, cancer survival rates, and levels of obesity, according to a study produced for the Government.