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New Planet Fitness Members Won't Get That Sweet $10 Deal

Starting this summer, gym chain will charge $15 per month, its first price increase since 1998

(Newser) - It seems odd, if not outright remarkable, that Planet Fitness hasn't raised its basic membership cost since the year Bill Clinton was impeached, but that low, low fee is about to vanish. CNN reports that, starting this summer, the fee for a "Classic" monthly membership at the gym...

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night
Chalk One Up
for Exercising
at Night

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night

New study suggests the hours between 6pm and midnight are most beneficial

(Newser) - In the longstanding debate over whether there's a best time of day to exercise, a new study from the University of Sydney adds some ammo for evening or nighttime advocates. Using data from the UK Biobank, a long-term research project that tracks health markers over time, the researchers followed...

Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises for Blood Pressure
Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises
for Blood Pressure

Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises for Blood Pressure

More participants in a yearlong study saw their numbers drop than those who did aerobic exercises

(Newser) - Signing up for a tai chi class might come with an unexpected health benefit: lower blood pressure. A new clinical trial found that participants with prehypertension or slightly elevated blood pressure had improved measurements after practicing tai chi for a year—even more so than a group that regularly did...

Can't Get in 10K Steps a Day? Get to 2.2K
Falling Short of
10K Steps a Day?
Try 2.2K

Falling Short of 10K Steps a Day? Try 2.2K

One's risk of early death, heart disease begins to drop at that level, study finds

(Newser) - If you can't get in 10,000 steps per day, even making an effort toward that goal is likely to be beneficial. New research shows every step above 2,200 per day, up to roughly 10,000, reduces one's risk of heart disease and early death, even if...

Women Get Exercise Benefits in Half the Time as Men

'For a given amount of time and effort put into exercise, women had more to gain'

(Newser) - Women who exercise for 150 minutes per week will lower their risk of death significantly more than men who do the same. That's according to a new observational study suggesting that when it comes to exercise, women can do less and benefit more. "The beauty of this study...

Kids Asking for a Dog Should Cite This Research
Dogs Have a Unique
Impact on Kids' Health

Dogs Have a Unique Impact on Kids' Health

Kids with dogs, especially girls, get more exercise, study shows

(Newser) - Kids lobbying for a pet dog have a new argument to add to their arsenal. A new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that children with pet dogs were more active than their pup-free peers. According to NPR , the paper followed 600 pre-school...

Congressman Learns Capitol Dome Isn't His Personal Gym

Report filed against GOP's Rich McCormick of Georgia for 'unsafe' pullups hundreds of feet high

(Newser) - The last thing that officials at the US Capitol need is a visitor jumping over a guardrail and getting in a workout hundreds of feet in the air—and not just any visitor, but a sitting US congressman. That's what apparently happened Tuesday when Georgia Republican Rick McCormick was...

Your Walking Speed Affects Health Benefits
Your Walking Speed
Affects Health Benefits


Your Walking Speed Affects Health Benefits

Brisk pace of at least 2.5mph lowers diabetes risk, study suggests

(Newser) - Walking has long been known to lower risks for disease and obesity, but scientists have pinpointed how fast we need to step to reap the most benefits. Per NBC News , a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggested that walking faster speeds, between 2.5 to 5mph,...

Walking Improves Memory in Older Adults
Research May Give Seniors
Motivation to Walk
New Study

Research May Give Seniors Motivation to Walk

30 minutes a day, four times a week makes a big difference in brain function, study says

(Newser) - A brisk walk could be a ticket to a sharper mind and more precise memory. A new study out of the University of Maryland has offered yet another endorsement for the benefits of benefits of exercise , especially for older adults, reports the Washington Post . Researchers studied a group of about...

Peloton Recalls 2M Bikes: 'Immediately Stop Using'

Seat post on affected model, PL01, can break during use

(Newser) - Peloton is recalling more than 2 million of its exercise bikes in the US because the bike’s seat post assembly can break during use, per the AP .
  • Model PL01: The recall includes approximately 2.2 million of the Peloton Bikes Model PL01. The bikes were sold in the US

Just 11 Minutes a Day of Physical Activity Has Major Benefits

That's half the recommended level, but it's enough to lower disease risk

(Newser) - Researchers in Britain analyzed almost 200 studies to get some hard numbers to back up the common-sense advice that exercise is good for you and a little bit is much better than none. "One in 10 premature deaths could have been prevented if everyone achieved even half the recommended...

WHO Has a Warning for Couch Potatoes

Agency notes 'severe' cost for physical inactivity, with various diseases looming

(Newser) - Get active or risk disease. That's the message from the World Health Organization, whose first global report on physical activity indicates 500 million people in 194 countries will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, or other diseases unless they boost their physical activity. "There are few...

Don't Pat Yourself on the Back Just Yet for That Half-Hour Run

Researchers warn 30-minute daily exercise may not make up for sitting around the rest of the day

(Newser) - If you refuse to identify as a "couch potato" because of that half-hour workout you diligently slip in each day, despite the fact that you're sedentary for much of the rest of it, you might actually still be a couch potato—just an "active" one. And what...

Peloton CEO Who'd Hoped to 'Disrupt' Industry Stepping Down

Co-founder John Foley is leaving chief executive role, but he's not completely riding off into sunset

(Newser) - The co-founder of Peloton is stepping down as chief executive after an extended streak of tumult at the exercise and treadmill company. John Foley first pitched the idea of an interactive exercise bike in 2011, hoping to disrupt the industry. Now, he'll give up his CEO position and become...

10 Minutes More Exercise Daily Could Prevent Many Deaths
A Little Extra Exercise Daily
Could Be a Lifesaver

A Little Extra Exercise Daily Could Be a Lifesaver

Researchers say it could prevent more than 100K premature deaths a year

(Newser) - Getting just a little more exercise every day could keep a lot of people out of an early grave, according to a study that tracked the activity levels—and death rates—of nearly 5,000 people between the ages of 40 and 85. Researchers writing in the journal JAMA Internal ...

Mike Pompeo Reveals Big Weight Loss, but People Have Questions

Not everyone is buying ex-CIA chief's story on how he dropped 90 pounds in 6 months

(Newser) - People have been whispering for months about Mike Pompeo's out-of-nowhere weight loss, first noticed in the late fall as he made various appearances. Some speculated he was sick; others wondered if he was getting in shape to make a presidential run in 2024. The former CIA director and secretary...

Want Exercise Benefits Without Exercising? Get In the Hot Tub

Study finds 'improvements to cardiorespiratory fitness,' other health benefits from a nice hot soak

(Newser) - People have enjoyed hot baths or saunas for millennia, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, per the Guardian . Bathhouses remain popular in many parts of the world, including South Korea. In Finland, a country of 5.5 million people and 3 million saunas, sauna bathing is known as "the...

Biden's Peloton May Cause 'Unexpected Headache'

High-tech bike hooked up to internet could cause cybersecurity risk in the White House

(Newser) - There's nothing wrong with a president who takes care of himself, but how Joe Biden stays fit could lead to what the Guardian calls an "unexpected headache." It's been reported that, before he became commander in chief, the 78-year-old kicked off each day in Wilmington, Del....

WHO Says People Need to Get More Active

Agency says pandemic has made situation worse

(Newser) - As the coronavirus leaves many people housebound and many Americans sit to feast for Thanksgiving, the World Health Organization says people need to get more active, insisting that up to 5 million deaths worldwide could be avoided each year if people would run, walk, and simply move more. The United...

Peloton Takes Advantage of Closed Gyms

Company plans to roll out cheaper treadmill

(Newser) - With many Americans either unable or unwilling to go to gyms during the pandemic, Peloton is planning to roll out some new products. Sources tell Bloomberg that the company is planning to introduce a new, cheaper version of its Tread treadmill. The new version, which will be smaller and will...

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