• Consumer Interest Declining: Are Wearables Dead?

    by Colin Neagle August 2015

    A report released this week shows that consumer demand for wearables in the U.S. has declined steeply and steadily since the 2014 holiday shopping season, and is now lower than it was at the beginning of last year.

  • Park-Based Workouts: The New Trend in Fitness

    by Schaumburg Park District August 2015

    The Schaumburg Park District opened an outdoor fitness trail at Volkening Lake in May. Volkening Lake, 900 W. Schaumburg Road, is open daily and available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. This recreational haven offers something for everyone with a path, paddle boats, picnic areas, fishing, scenery and now a fitness area.

  • The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain

    by Gretchen Reynolds August 2015

    A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition. We all know that working out is good for us. But how much or how little exercise is needed to gain various health benefits, and whether the same dose of exercise that bolsters heart health, for instance, is also ideal for the brain has remained unclear. For the new study, published last month in PLOS One, scientists with the University of Kansas Alzheimer s Disease Center and other institutions recently decided to see if they could determine just how much exercise is needed to improve the ability to think.

  • Boutique Fitness Studios Thriving with Personal Touch

    by Susan Jacobson Orlando Sentinel August 2015

    Small "boutique" clubs, which focus on a single activity, draw 42 percent of health-club clients, although most of those surveyed said they also belong to another club, according to a report about to be released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

  • Personal Trainer Seeks Work After Assault of Intern

    by Melinda Miller August 2015

    A former Clarence fitness club operator who pleaded guilty in March to assaulting an intern after giving her a spiked drink wants to work again as a personal trainer while he serves out a five-year term of probation.

  • CrossFit Continues to Earn Dedicated Following

    by Jeff Montgomery, August 2015

    Founded in 2000 in California, CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company that incorporates elements of powerlifting, gymnastics, interval-training and multiple other disciplines across the sporting spectrum. The official CrossFit website sums up the company philosophy by noting that its "specialty is not specializing."

  • Trend Beyond Celebs? Hypnotized to Work Out

    by and Lindsay Putnam August 2015

    Hypnosis is Approved by the American Psychiatric Association for quitting everything from smoking to biting your nails. But can it also give you that kick you need to work out?

  • Planet Fitness Employee Accused of Stealing Data

    by Scott Dolan August 2015

    The owner of the Planet Fitness in Newington, New Hampshire, also filed a lawsuit against the fired employee seeking to stop him from doing anything malicious with the stolen information.

  • Fitness Program Helps Vets Physically and Mentally

    by Bruce Flowers, Chicago Daily Herald August 2015

    A Healthy Minds-Healthy Bodies program for veterans that Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association helped create seven years is now part of 23 park districts and continuing to grow.

  • Two Maine Companies Leading Charge to Improve Public Health

    by Erin Rhoda, Bangor Daily News (Maine) August 2015

    Businesses could help make their communities healthier, according to a recent national report -- but Maine is already leading the way. Whether by partnering with local YMCAs and nonprofits to expand community health programs, creating healthier products, giving to charity, or volunteering time, expertise or resources, the private sector could play a much greater role in improving the health of current and future workers -- and potentially controlling health care costs.