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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...

New Gym Membership Costs $40K a Year

Equinox is teaming up with lab test start-up with an emphasis on longevity

(Newser) - Luxury fitness company Equinox is launching a new membership that costs more money than a lot of people make in a year. The Optimize by Equinox personalized health program will cost $3,000 per month, with the price of basic gym membership bringing the total to at least $40,000...

Richard Simmons Explains 'I'm Dying' Tweet
Now Richard
Simmons Has

Now Richard Simmons Has Cancer

It's skin cancer, announced days after he confused fans with an 'I am ... dying' tweet

(Newser) - Days after Richard Simmons upset fans by announcing he was dying—eventually, like the rest of us—he's at it again by announcing he has cancer. TMZ reports that the 75-year-old fitness star revealed in a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday that he's been diagnosed with basal cell...

These Are the Most, Least Active US Cities

Honolulu takes the top spot on WalletHub's list, while North Las Vegas comes in last

(Newser) - If you haven't ditched your New Year's fitness resolutions yet and are looking for the best place to help them come to fruition, WalletHub has some insight on that. To seek out the cities in America with the most active lifestyles, the site pulled out the 100 most...

Get Your 10K Steps? Don't Sweat It if Not
When It Comes to Steps,
10K Is Not a Magic Number
new study

When It Comes to Steps, 10K Is Not a Magic Number

Study suggests that 4K is enough to convey health benefits

(Newser) - Ten thousand has become something of a magic number among people who count their daily steps for health reasons. A new study adds to the evidence that the figure is arbitrary, suggesting that 4,000 steps are enough to convey benefits, reports the BBC . That's not to say people...

These US Cities Are a Runner's Paradise

Relative to the other cities in Lawn Love's latest fitness ranking; San Francisco tops the list

(Newser) - Next Wednesday is Global Running Day, and some cities are more amenable than others if you're in training to be the next Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Usain Bolt—or even if you just like hitting the pavement to burn off some stress and stay fit. Lawn Love scouted the 200...

Fountain of Youth? Try 'Couzens Immortality Quotient'

'Outside' takes a look at the importance of continuing to exercise as we age

(Newser) - Older athletes, especially runners, worried about their ability to stay fit might want to keep in mind what Alex Hutchinson of Outside magazine dubs the Couzens Immortality Quotient. It's based on an observation made by triathlon coach Alan Cummings: "All else being equal, the amount of aerobic fitness...

New Year, New You? Best US Cities for Fitness
This Is America's
Most Active City

This Is America's Most Active City

WalletHub ranks Honolulu as being most conducive to an active lifestyle; see where other cities stand

(Newser) - If you've decided that 2023 is the year when you're going to get your fitness act together, that motivation is the first step to a better you. Of course, things beyond our control often derail even the best-laid plans, including whether where we live is conducive to living...

This Famous Stunt Dieter's Approach: Empathy, Shame

Like many diet and fitness programs, this may not align with the latest medical research

(Newser) - Trainer Drew Manning is "the world's most influential stunt dieter," proclaims the headline of Spenser Mestel's piece for Men’s Health. Manning, he explains, is known for his binge-based, emotionally charged Fit2Fat2Fit brand and went viral in 2011 when he spent six months getting fat on...

This Is the City With the Most Active Lifestyle

San Francisco tops WalletHub's ranking, while North Las Vegas brings up the rear

(Newser) - Juggling work, family, and one's own health and fitness can be a daunting task, and the latter often takes a back seat to all other responsibilities. The pandemic has caused even more people to stay away from gyms and other indoor activities. But there are some cities where residents...

Counting Steps? A Lower Total Still Pays Off
Counting Steps? A Lower
Total Still Pays Off
new study

Counting Steps? A Lower Total Still Pays Off

Study finds that 7K per day is associated with better health

(Newser) - A new study might please those who routinely come up short for their goal of hitting 10,000 steps a day. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst say that 7,000 steps appears to be enough to make a difference in health, reports the Boston Herald . In the study...

OK, We Get It—This City Is Extremely Fit

Arlington, Va., named fittest city in America for 4th straight year on ACSM's annual list

(Newser) - For the 14th straight year, the American College of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, has published its Fitness Index , ranking America's largest 100 cities and Washington, DC, on more than 30 indicators regarding various health behaviors, local infrastructure, and chronic diseases. And for the fourth year...

4 Hours of Tests Lead to Verdict on Trump's Health

President gets a 'very good' from Dr. Sean Conley

(Newser) - Last year President Trump was said to be in "excellent" health at his annual physical; this year, that's been somewhat downgraded to "very good," but considering the commander in chief's penchant for fast food and reluctance to hit the gym , he may not be distressed...

Here Are Your New Federal Exercise Guidelines

Feds now recommend children begin healthy habits as young as 3

(Newser) - Move more, sit less, and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago, reports the AP . Since...

Are You Doing This Often Enough? Probably Not

A CDC report found that just 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise

(Newser) - Here’s some bad news, but don’t take it sitting down. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report has found that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise. For adults 18 to 64, US guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (half that...

She Set a Burpee World Record, Got Pilloried for Her Form
She Set a Burpee World Record,
but Her Form Is Bugging People
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She Set a Burpee World Record, but Her Form Is Bugging People

Elizabeth Llorente says she adhered to Guinness' definition

(Newser) - If you dread doing burpees, this stat might make you blanch: A Melbourne, Australia, woman set a world record last weekend for the most burpees done in 60 minutes by a female at 1,490, topping the previous record of 1,321. Except the internet is freaking out a bit...

Woman Uses Fitness App, and Insurer Takes Notice

Woman in Denmark apparently goes a little too public

(Newser) - A woman in Denmark using a fitness app to post her workout data caught the attention of the wrong people—the insurance company paying her for the last several years after an injury. As Business Insider reports, the woman had been receiving $33,000 a year since 2008 after a...

10 US Cities With the Highest Exercise Rates

3 of the top 4 are in Colorado

(Newser) - Colorado is home to not one, not two, but three of the 10 US cities with the highest rates of exercise in the country. California also counts three cities on the top 10 list, based on the percentage of people who said they'd exercised for at least 30 minutes...

Professor Nears 70 Marathons Heeding Wife's Dying Wish

She pleaded with him to be there for the kids

(Newser) - In 2003, as Christine Guetzloff was dying of ovarian cancer at the age of 34, she sat her husband down for an important conversation. "Tom, you need to do something—you're just way out of shape," she told the West Virginia State college chemistry professor. "Look...

Study Says Fitness Trackers Are Getting Major Stat Wrong

Calorie burning stats are up to 93% inaccurate on some devices

(Newser) - Constantly checking the calories burned on your fitness tracker to determine what to eat? Then tuck it away and read on, because you might not want to indulge in that second piece of cake. NPR reports that cardiologist and professor Euan Ashley responded to his tech-savvy patients’ frequent requests to...

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