Tag Archives: Health & Fitness News

Health & fitness in the news – 06/01/2012

1. Don’t suffer death by armchair: A warning to the over-70s as experts say too many decide their exercising days are over
Daily Mail

Dr Baxter says it is vital to keep the mind active too. Social isolation is one of the most significant reasons for the high rate of depression in older people. ‘An active social life can often be linked with exercise – at special fitness classes for this age group, for example.’

Daily Mail

2. Gym-Maniacs: Health and Fitness is Not All About the ‘Burn’
Huffington Post

Going hell for leather, be it on treadmills or in spin classes etc, is never a good idea. All exercise and health regimes should be approached with a good sense of pace and of course, consistency. That’s what creates real, long-lasting results and best of all, re-trains bad habits.

Huffington Post

3. Crawl like a bear, boy – a fitness break on the Isle of Wight
The Guardian

Our writer puts himself in the hands of a superfit instructor to see if he can hack the ‘outdoor gym’ on the Isle of Wight.

The Guardian

4. Cancer cases to rise 30% over poor lifestyle
Daily Express

Cancer cases in Britain are set to soar by 30 per cent in the next 20 years unless more people make simple lifestyle changes, a report warned yesterday.

Daily Express

5. Exercise helps County Durham mum in battle against depression
The Journal

When Michelle Holmes had a nervous breakdown, regular exercise became a lifeline on her road to recovery. The County Durham mum-of-two talks to Karen Wilson in the first of a two-part series on how exercise can help alleviate depression.

The Journal

6. GLL given first Quest Plus excellent score
Fitpro News

Quest Plus have awarded their first excellent rating to a health and fitness centre in the UK.

Fitpro News

Health & fitness in the news – 01/02/2012

1. FIA respond to OFT investigation into gym and fitness operators
FIA

The OFT has opened an investigation to consider whether gym and fitness companies are using or recommending unfair contract terms in breach of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 and/or are engaging in any unfair business practices under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The FIA was quick to respond to the announcement and has scheduled a meeting with the OFT case team in February to further understand the investigation and the process. We will keep FIA members updated on the investigation as it progresses.

You can read the full FIA statement here. FIA CEO, David Stalker has been quoted in several national media outlets responding to the OFT’s announcement, including the BBC, the Daily Mail, The Sun and Health Club Management.

2. Exercise ‘helps post-cancer recovery’
Nursing Times

Cancer survivors can experience an improvement in their general health and wellbeing if they take part in an exercise programme, a new report has claimed.

Nursing Times

3. Are you risking your health with cowboy exercise ‘professionals’?
Femalefirst.co.uk

Brits embarking on, or continuing fitness programmes they started at the beginning of the New Year are being urged to double check the credentials and qualifications of the people they are being given exercise advice by as regulators launch a campaign to crack down on cowboy personal trainers. The campaign is being run by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which regulates and certifies exercise professionals in the UK who meet strict criteria and training guidelines and is part of the Government’s SkillsActive council.

Femalefirst.co.uk

4. Independent think tank launched for sports
Sports Club Management

London-based Sports Think Tank will aim to stimulate debate and improve accountability in sporting policy and governance by engaging with decision makers and governing bodies.

Sports Club Management

5. Want a piece of the Olympic pie?
Fitpro News

Sport England have urged community sports groups to bid for Olympic legacy funding to upgrade their facilities as they launched a £10 million National Lottery investment round.

Fitpro News

6. Fat doctors ‘far less likely to help obese patients lose weight’
Daily Mail

‘Physical attributes of physicians have a much bigger contribution to their care of patients than I realized before’, says scientist

Daily Mail

Health & fitness in the news – 31/01/2012

1.  Apps to help you drink less, exercise more and stop smoking
The Guardian

January is almost over – which means you’ve probably abandoned your new year’s resolutions already. Get back on track with these great apps, as tested by Ruth Jamieson.

The Guardian

2. Eat your way to a better workout
Daily Express

It doesn’t  matter if you are a dedicated gym bunny, pound the pavement a few times a week or have just discovered the joys of Zumba, your exercise regime will pay better dividends if you eat a healthy diet.

Daily Express

3. Over half of men quit the gym by end of January
Fitpro News

Research has shown that over a third of people will have cancelled their new gym membership by the end of January, with 59% of men quitting compared to 15% of women.

Fitpro News

4. Doctor who ran from John O’Groats to the Sahara becomes Scotland’s fitness czar
Daily Record

Dr Andrew Murray begins a six-month role as the Scottish Government’s physical activity champion next week.

Daily Record

Health & fitness in the news – 27/01/2012

1. Olympic campaign helps nurses promote lifestyle changes for over 50s
Nursing Times

A new campaign has been launched to help nurses encourage patients over the age of 55 to be more active. Your  Personal Best aims to promote lifestyle changes among the 7.8 million Britons in this age group who have long-term health problems.

Nursing Times

2. Beware of cowboy personal trainers
People.co.uk

REPs recognises and regulates exercise professionals who meet the UK’s national standards. These standards are created by SkillsActive, the Government licensed sector skills council for the active leisure and learning industry, which states exercise professionals must hold recognised qualifications specifically relating to the field in which they are instructing.

People.co.uk

3. Medication helps some with mild depression
Reuters

People with “transient depression” that will improve with diet or exercise or after a few weeks of therapy “shouldn’t be taking the risk of being on meds,” he told Reuters Health.

Reuters

4. Be Body Confident – Beauty Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
The Huffington Post – Lynne Featherstone’s blog

Since we launched in November 2010 the campaign has been steadily gathering momentum. I’ve convened a group of experts to identify non-legislative solutions to tackle the causes of low levels of body confidence. We’re trying to influence industries with the power to affect young people – including sport and fitness, fashion and retail, youth and education, media and advertising, and the beauty sectors.

The Huffington Post

5. Fitness: Classes
The Wharf

Virgin Active’s group exercise manager Gillian Reeve’s said the popularity of Zumba has led the way for new trends in 2012.

The Wharf

Health & fitness in the news – 20/01/2012

1. Closing day for entries to the FIA & Matrix Flame Awards 2012
FIA

Today is the last day to enter your club or leisure centre for the Flame Awards 2012 (Facility Management categories).
Commenting on the awards David Stalker, CEO, FIA said “Established in the 90’s and receiving more and more entries year on year, the longevity and desire to win a Flame award is plain to see. Any club or facility who succeeds in getting a Flame award knows that they are delivering the best quality service in their category.”

FIA

2. Worth all the sweat
The Economist

Just why exercise is so good for people is, at last, being understood.

The Economist

3. UK community sports clubs survey shows worrying fall in finances, membership levels and facility access
Insidethegames

Results from the biggest survey of community sports clubs ever undertaken in the UK shows a worrying outlook in terms financial health, membership levels and facility access for the nation’s 150,000 clubs.

Insidethegames

4. Smart Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Hectic Life
Huffington Post

If you’re sitting at your desk reading this right now, seize the moment with these easy exercises you can do at your desk.

Huffington Post

5. Lose weight before surgery patients told
The Telegraph

Patients cannot have routine surgery until they lose weight under new rules brought in by GPs, it has emerged.

The Telegraph

6. Families urged to sign up for healthy living course
Wales Online

The Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it! (MEND) programme is now recruiting children and families for its latest healthy lifestyle course.

Wales Online

7. Fitness experts helping cancer patients
Northants Evening Telegraph

Fitness experts have undergone special training so they can help cancer patients.

Northants Evening Telegraph

8. New sessions for disabled people at leisure centre
Sevenoaks Chronicle

Disabled people in Sevenoaks have access to a new sports service.

Sevenoaks Chronicle

Health & fitness in the news – 19/01/2012

1. Colin Jackson urges Olympic team to trigger love of sport in children
The Guardian

• Former Olympic hurdler says athletes can stir a generation
• ‘We need them to do well to inspire our young people’

The Guardian

2. Exercise cuts cancer death risk by 30%
The Herald

Dr Anna Campbell, lecturer in clinical exercise science at Dundee University, has studied the benefits of exercise on cancer patients since 2000, when she discovered there had been very little research on the area.

The Herald

3. Zumba Fitness sells 6 million copies
Metro
 
Keep fit franchise Zumba Fitness has now sold a staggering 6 million copies worldwide, as new title Zumba Fitness: Rush is readied for Kinect.

Metro

4. Fitness operators score poorly in phone survey
Fitpro News

Fitness operators’ performance in answering their phones was rated as the worst in five years, according to a survey by Leisure-net Solutions.

Fitpro News

5. SkillsActive to unveil Change Gear scheme
Health Club Management

SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active learning and leisure, has announced that it is to launch a new scheme to help Armed Forces personnel pursue a career within the sector.

Health Club Management

6. Cell recycling makes exercise good for you
New Scientist

Beth Levine at the University of Texas in Dallas discovered that, in mice, autophagy – the process by which a cell recycles dispensable components for extra energy – increases 30 minutes into exercise.

New Scientist

7. The rubber bands that could give you the butt of a supermodel (and you can do the exercises at your desk)
Daily Mail

Experts say the bands allow the user to isolate very specific muscles in the legs and buttocks, and to work them accordingly.

Daily Mail

8.How diets are destroyed by home cooking: Large portions and clearing a plate blamed
Daily Mail

Dieters relying on healthy home-cooked meals wreck their efforts to slim by dishing up large portions and feeling obliged to finish everything on their plate, a survey has found.

Daily Mail

Health & fitness in the news – 18/01/2012

1. My bid to get a body like Sienna Miller
The Guardian

Kelly Bowerbank is asthmatic and hasn’t worked out in a gym for 12 years. Here she begins a three-month fitness course with personal trainer Efua Baker, body sculptor to Hollywood stars including Sienna Miller and Christian Bale. Kelly’s aim: to turn up to her friend’s office in a bikini in three months’ time.

The Guardian

2. Fitness Marketing Tips: How To Over-Deliver To New Personal Training Clients This January
PR Web

January brings a ton of new business for personal trainers; yet many will drop off like flies come spring. The secret to retaining these new prospects is to under-promise and over-deliver.

PR Web

3. In with Zumba, out with Pilates – Fitness trends for 2012
The Spec

The Spectator created a Top 10 list of hot fitness trends predicted for 2012, according to more than 5,000 fitness experts surveyed in three separate releases by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise and GoodLife Fitness.

The Spec

4. Fish oil plus exercise may do older muscles good
GMA News

Older women may be able to boost their muscle strength by adding fish oil supplements to their exercise routine, a small clinical trial suggests.

GMA News

5. How Exercise May Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay
New York Times

A new study from The Archives of Neurology suggests that for some people, a daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins.

New York Times

6. The brain of Stephen Fry and the body of Pippa Middleton? No thanks
The Telegraph

Nobody who wants a good quality of life in old age can neglect either their physical or mental wellbeing. But the real challenge is balancing the two. There are no short cuts.

The Telegraph

Health & fitness in the news – 16/01/2012

1. Health club trends for 2012 revealed
Fitpro News

The top 10 health club trends for this year have been revealed by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

Fitpro News

2. Fitness experts predict 2012 trends
Health Club Management

Health Club Management magazine interviewed four industry leaders for their views on 2012. Most agreed that while economic pressures will continue, the increasing public awareness of health and fitness will act as a compensatory factor for the industry going forward.

Health Club Management

3. IOC boss backs British bid for Youth Olympics in 2018
Evening Standard

The youth Olympics could be staged in the UK as a legacy of hosting the London 2012 Games.

Evening Standard

4. The ultimate motivation: Exercise not only trims the waistline… it’s also good for your salary
Daily Mail 

Going for a jog, swimming or lifting weights in the gym three times a week could boost your income by up to nine per cent.

Daily Mail

5. How yoga can help fight ageing aches
The Telegraph

Yoga classes are proving hugely popular with the elderly, improving both their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Telegraph

6. Two minutes on.. getting strong bones
Daily Mirror

Finnish researchers working with women in their 70s have stumbled across some startling discoveries about exercise. After six months of exercise the women were not only stronger and less likely to get bone fractures, but they were also less likely to die.

Daily Mirror

7. Wii can make your brain healthier! Computer exercise games give the over 50s a mental workout that could keep them young
Daily Mail

Computer exercise games could help the over 50s delay the onset of dementia as they have greater mental health benefits than exercise alone, a new study has found.

Daily Mail

8. How to make yourself train harder
The Guardian

World record-breaking triathlete and Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington has a punishing training regime. How does she stay motivated?

The Guardian

9. Women plan protest against diet industry outside parliament
The Guardian

Protesters say weightloss companies wreak havoc with appetites and rely on dieters’ repeated failures to make money.

The Guardian

10. Gyms often alienate the obese
Chicago Tribune

Though Americans are joining gyms in record numbers — 42.8 million people had health club memberships last year, according to a report by the market research firm IBISWorld — fitness centers frequently alienate the very people they could help most: the obese.

Chicago Tribune

Health & fitness in the news – 13/01/2012

1. Top leisure industry awards head to Sheffield
Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings

The Fitness Industry Association has announced it will hold the FIA & Matrix Flame 2012 Conference and Ball at Sheffield International Venues’ Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and the Magna Science Adventure Centre Sheffield on June 27.

Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings

2. “Resilient” sports industry will keep outperforming UK economy thanks to London 2012, says new report
Inside the Games

The London Olympics will help the UK sports market to grow by nearly two per cent in 2012, in spite of fears that the wider economy could be pushed closer to recession, according to a new report.

Inside the Games

3. The exercise scientist with a moving argument
The Montreal Gazette

Diet is less important than being active, leading researcher Steven Blair says.

The Montreal Gazette

4. Scientists crack the code for the DNA diet
The Mirror

British scientists have cracked the code of the DNA diet and say a simple swab of saliva can determine the type of diet and exercise needed for successful weight loss.

The Mirror

5. Do men really care about their weight?
The Scotsman

A major national study has revealed that over 80 per cent of men don’t feel good about their appearance with four out of five men confessing to being unhappy about their body shape.

The Scotsman

6. Midlands scientists to play key role in keeping us fit and well as we age
Health Canal

Scientists in the Midlands are to share in a £5m research grant to reduce the pain and disability caused by ageing. They aim to establish what goes wrong with our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles as we age and how diet and exercise interventions could help prevent this age related decline.

Health Canal

7. Car and TV ‘increase heart risk’
Press Association

Owning a car and TV increases the risk of having a heart attack by more than a quarter, a study has found. But the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle can easily be cancelled out by exercise, say researchers.

Press Association

8. The 10 Best Fitness Gadgets
The Independent

The Independent looks at the top 10 fitness gadgets available.

The Independent

Health & fitness in the news – 11/01/2012

1. FIA responds to new £1 billion sports strategy
FIA

Commenting on the new strategy, David Stalker, CEO, FIA said “We fully support the strategy’s objective to engage people in sport and make activity a lifelong habit for more people. Our recent legacy ready summit reverberated the need for partnerships across all sectors to capitalise on a nation united by the 2012 Games to grow levels of participation.”

FIA

2. Newsweek Scotland
BBC

FIA CEO David Stalker appeared on Newsweek Scotland this week, discussing the fitness industry and how gym membership has moved away from being a luxury to a necessity for many people.

BBC Scotland

3. Breath screening tool for employers launched to save £6.4 billion annual cost of workplace hangovers
HR Magazine

The FIA (Fitness Industry Association) has welcomed the UK launch of the BreathScan programme as an important new way to trigger changes to healthier lifestyles. The FIA has joined up with fitness equipment manufacturer Johnson Health Tech UK Ltd to help pilot the scheme.

HR Magazine

4. Mother who shed six stone after gastric band surgery stunned to discover it had broken… and weight loss was through EXERCISE
Daily Mail

A mother-of-two, who thought it was ‘impossible’ to lose weight on her own, has told how she lost six stone purely through exercise after, unbeknown to her, her gastric band snapped.

Daily Mail

5. Team Stylist catch Olympic fever
Stylist

Eight Stylist team members of varying fitness levels are taking on physical challenges which they must achieve in time for the Olympics, to try and inspire an Olympic sporting revolution.

Stylist

6. London 2012 chiefs decide future of three Olympic venues
The Guardian

The handball arena – which will become a multi-use arena that can host community sport, concerts, exhibitions and other events after the Games – and the aquatics centre, will both be run by a company called Greenwich Leisure.

The Guardian

7. Extreme gym team
Evening Standard

For a new fat-fighting series, Channel 4 has recruited four of London’s oddest personal trainers. Jasmine Gardner steeled herself for a weird workout.

Evening Standard

8.’Olympic challenge!’
The Voice

It’s the year of the London Olympics, and fitness instructor Bella-Marie says it’s time to focus on health.

The Voice