fitness

What is the future of fitness?

Gyms are going to great lengths to Covid-proof their workout spaces
Gyms are going to great lengths to Covid-proof their workout spaces

The reopening of fitness facilities on 25 July had been hailed, for the 10m UK gym members, as a long-awaited step fundamental to boosting the nation’s health needs. Yet the release of the government’s obesity strategy last week left the matter of physical activity mostly untouched – save from encouraging doctors to prescribe it to patients struggling with their weight (something they are already able to do) and making more provisions for cycling.

Exercise has a “central role to play in obesity and weight management, as well as the overall improvement of health, happiness, quality of life and economic prosperity,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, the industry trade body, in response. “This strategy must place diet, mental health and physical activity on equal footing.”  

Edwards hopes the government will “harness the value of physical activity”; something that, prior

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These identical triplet brothers are TikTok’s favorite fitness gurus

TikTok’s favorite fitness triplets want to help you live your best and healthiest life.

The 23-year-old brothers, Malik, Ahmad and Khalil Jones are University of Pennsylvania graduates and founders of Triyo Fitness, where they teach online classes. Meanwhile, each bro’s side hustle is working at a different Philadelphia gym. Malik teaches at Unite Fitness, Ahmad at Barry’s and Khalil at Rumble. But on TikTok they’re in perfect sync. 

The trio’s most popular videos play on their triplet charm. Like the one where they sport matching grey blazers and dance to perfectly choreographed bachata. Or the time they delightfully failed at completing the “freeze-frame challenge” and racked up 1.6 million views in the process.

But of course, the fitness buffs’ page would not be complete without a few workouts. The Jones brothers are happy to demo a quick shirtless ab circuit or how to use resistance bands to get strong glutes. 

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JCC fitness centers now open with safety regulations

Jewish community centers throughout South Florida have reopened their fitness centers with safety measures in place after being closed for a few months due to COVID-19.

Representatives from the JCCs said they have been following CDC, Florida Department of Health and local authority recommendations since reopening their fitness centers.

The JCCs are taking temperature checks for everyone who comes into the buildings, having hand sanitizing stations throughout their gyms, requiring people to wear masks, closing the fitness centers at various times throughout the day to sanitize all equipment, reconfiguring equipment to allow appropriate social distancing, requiring people to bring towels and more.

Ralph Ramirez, director of fitness for the David Posnack JCC in Davie, which reopened its fitness center on May 28, said, “The gym was a crucial part of reopening because members needed to get back to some semblance of normalcy and a way to reduce stress.”

“Once gyms

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Exercises To Start Your Fitness Journey

(Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)
(Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)

The notion of “getting into fitness” can be incredibly daunting. Perhaps you’ve never found a workout style that’s the right fit, or maybe you’ve had a difficult relationship with exercise in the past. And between gyms, personal trainers, yoga studios and the plethora of at-home workouts available, the options can easily become overwhelming for someone who normally doesn’t have a routine.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to launch your personal fitness journey. It begins with challenging some of the societal norms surrounding exercise — like prioritizing how your body feels above all else.

I find that even programs and classes labeled ‘beginner’ are still catered towards thin, able-bodied folks,” said Jessi Haggerty, a Massachusetts-based personal trainer, registered dietician and certified intuitive eating counselor. She stressed the importance of body positivity within workouts, adding: “I recommend looking for fitness programs and instructors

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4 Ways You Were Conditioned To Hate Fitness As A Kid

Years of viewing fitness as punishment can take some time to repair. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)
Years of viewing fitness as punishment can take some time to repair. (Photo: Getty Images/HuffPost)

Experiences we have when we’re young are incredibly formative ― especially when it comes to something like exercise.

Fitness isn’t just physical; it also has a major effect on the mind. If you have a positive outlook on it (or even just a tolerable one), the likelihood is pretty good that exercise will improve your mental health. But if you’ve had negative emotions about working out in the past, chances are that moving your body can cause more stress than you may even think is worth it.

Part of that stems from how you may have thought about exercise when you were young. There are a handful of subtle ways we can be conditioned to hate fitness as kids. Below are just a few of them:

Mandated School Fitness Tests And Curriculum

Requiring students to

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With gyms closed and at-home workout equipment sold out, fitness lovers get creative

With many gyms closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, WFH is making way for WOFH: Working Out From Home.

“I use a lot of makeshift materials to work out,” says Anne Barreca, of Brooklyn, New York. Without access to a gym or swimming pool, she uses what’s in her environment for exercise, including the stairs leading to her third-floor walkup, groceries, resistance bands, furniture sliders, dish towels — even her 5-month-old son, Benjamin, whom she calls “the world’s cutest kettlebell.” He’s the perfect size for squats and lunges (“comes with the noises too,” her husband, Brian, jokes).

Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)
Image: Anne Barreca (Courtesy of Barreca family)

“It’s better than nothing,” Barreca said. “Something is always better than just being lazy or sitting around. … There’s no such thing as a perfect workout.”

Exercising using one’s body weight or with what’s available, of course, isn’t a new phenomenon.

In 1976’s “Rocky,” the underdog

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Life Time Fitness Reopens With Coronavirus Safety Protocols

ROMEOVILLE, IL — Life Time Fitness opened its doors Saturday as the state moved to Phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It feels great to be open again. We have such amazing team members and members here, we really missed all of them when we were closed,” said Jason Fox, general manager. “We have received overwhelmingly positive responses from our members. They are so appreciative of the club being open again and have expressed gratitude for how clean we are keeping the club.”

As per the health directives, the center has taken the following measures to ensure safety of staff and members:

  • Increased spacing between equipment and within workout areas to allow for appropriate social distancing.

  • Constant, thorough cleaning of the club and overnight deep cleaning, using an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant and virucide that is known to be effective against emerging viral pathogens, including the

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Here’s where to support Black-owned fitness brands

Superior and stylish exercise apparel brings out the inner champion for any fitness enthusiast. Not to mention, there’s nothing like original designs and cultural prints that make you stand out from a crowd donning the same pair of navy leggings. Not available in big-name stores, these Black-owned fitness brands have made a name for themselves by providing seasonal looks that accompany a poignant message.

Whether that be inclusivity size-wise or prints native to their roots, adding these pieces to your closet is a great way to support artists of color while turning heads at the same time. Scroll on to discover some of the best up-and-coming labels catering to diverse audiences and snag something for your next hiking trip to bike ride before sizes sell out.

An African-inspired athleisure brand, Sankofa Athletics make all their products in the United States and feature both men’s and women’s styles.

Drawing her inspiration

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Shop these Black-owned fitness brands

Superior and stylish exercise apparel brings out the inner champion for any fitness enthusiast. Not to mention, there’s nothing like original designs and cultural prints that make you stand out from a crowd donning the same pair of navy leggings. Not available in big-name stores, these Black-owned fitness brands have made a name for themselves by providing seasonal looks that accompany a poignant message.

Whether that be inclusivity size-wise or prints native to their roots, adding these pieces to your closet is a great way to support artists of color while turning heads at the same time. Scroll on to discover some of the best up-and-coming labels catering to diverse audiences and snag something for your next hiking trip to bike ride before sizes sell out.

An African-inspired athleisure brand, Sankofa Athletics make all their products in the United States and feature both men’s and women’s styles.

Drawing her inspiration

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2020 Runner’s World Fitness and Nutrition Awards

Photo credit: Kory Kennedy
Photo credit: Kory Kennedy

From Runner’s World

These 31 products—every one of them rigorously evaluated by the RW test team—will take your running to the next level. To find the absolute best stuff, we vetted hundreds of options on grueling road and trail runs, during sweaty gym sessions, and to fuel our efforts and recovery. No matter what your fitness goals are, this is the gear that will help you reach them faster.

Injury Prevention

Bounce back with these high-tech devices, low-tech tools, and topicals that help treat and prevent aches and pains.

Hyperice Hypervolt

The handheld massage-device category has recently exploded, and there are now a ton of options ranging in price from $100 to $600. You might be tempted to reach for the cheapest, but the Hypervolt delivers the best bang for your buck. In the RW Test Zone, we weighed down the guns to see how much

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