• Studies Show Benefits of Exercise Increase with Age

    by Gary Rotstein January 2017

    A recent independent study revealed that not only do older adults with active lifestyles live longer than their peers, but also have fewer years of disability before dying.

  • For Some, Fitness Trackers Can Backfire

    by Christian Gollayan December 2016

    In 2013, when David Stewart tipped the scales at 200 pounds, he slapped on a Fitbit, thinking it'd be a quick way to shed the weight. Instead, the opposite happened.

  • Wellness Center Adds Floating Fit Class

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    The Center for Health and Wellness in Clinton, N.C., started a new fitness program last week called Hydro Active. The class combines the fun of water fitness with the tried-and-true results of calisthenics, while adding an element of instability which comes from doing those exercises on a floating fitness mat.

  • Special Olympics Puts Focus on Better Diet

    by Treva Lind December 2016

    Special Olympics Washington, the state-level organization, plans to expand efforts to increase community wellness approaches and reduce obesity rates among its athletes in 2017, and track results. It has heard from its athlete focus groups that members want to be more active and involved in their communities.

  • Top 10 Fitness Industry Trends for 2017

    by American College of Sports Medicine December 2016

    1. Wearable Technology: includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. 2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get "back to the basics"with fitness.

  • New Fitness Program Pairs Workouts with Viral Videos

    by Sage Lazzaro December 2016

    A new online workout program called Distracted Fitness uses Picture-in-Picture to pair calorie torching moves with the latest viral videos to distract you from the pain of exercising.

  • WIAA and NFHS Launch #MyReasonWhy Campaign

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations to help launch a social media campaign highlighting the benefits of participation in high school extracurricular activities and sports.

  • Reconnecting with Exercise Connection Founder David Geslak

    by AB Staff December 2016

    The last time AB spoke with former assistant collegiate strength coach David Geslak about his work with children and adults with autism, he was asked if the painstaking nature of introducing exercise to this population ever made him think seriously about quitting. It's a good thing he hasn't. Since that 2011 interview, Geslak's Exercise Connection has grown to a staff of six, developed an app (ExerciseBuddy), published a book (The Autism Handbook), produced an Autism Channel show ("Coach Dave") and launched a program (Autism Workforce) that uses exercise to prepare individuals with autism for employment. In all, he has made more than 400 presentations on exercise and autism to parents, paraprofessionals and other educators in the U.S., Barbados, Canada, Dubai, Egypt and Russia (twice). Nine universities are currently incorporating the app in their physical education curricula or in research, and the American College of Sports Medicine is looking at creating a certificate based on his efforts. His work has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times, and a piece authored by Geslak will appear in the March/April edition of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach recently reconnected with Geslak for an update.

  • Cultivating Corporate Membership Programs

    by Rob Bishop December 2016

    I'm not sure there is a health club out there that doesn't target local businesses with offers of a corporate membership for their employees. Some employers simply want to add such memberships to their checklist of employee perks while others are truly interested in improving the health and wellbeing of their workers.

  • New PE Curriculum Turns Up the Intensity

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    Some PE programs across the state of Texas are ditching dodgeball in favor of a more functional fitness approach, and providing students with a chance to sweat and build healthy lifestyle habits in the process.