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Gyms and fitness centers hoping New Year’s resolutions will bring a boost to the fitness industry – WLWT Cincinnati

Posted: December 30, 2020 at 9:56 am


New Year's resolutions may look a little different this year, but fitness goals don't have to suffer. Many local gyms need your help to stay afloat during the pandemic, as COVID-19 restrictions have slammed the fitness industry. "It used to be people would take their Christmas money, join the gym day, have a good time. It'd be packed after Christmas. It's always busy. Now, as you can see, it's hardly anybody," said Bill Harden, Snap Fitness General Manager.Snap Fitness is in downtown Cincinnati. Harden says most customers worked in nearby office buildings, but with many working remotely, customers are now few and far between. "The businesses aren't bringing people back to work and people are working from home. Some of them, their businesses have shut down, they've lost their jobs, said Harden. He is now left to pick up the pieces"They've let everybody go but me. I'm here working everything, taking care of everything. I've put in about 130 hours a week, said HardenWhile gyms downtown are seeing a huge decrease in customers, just the opposite is happening in suburban areas, like at The Cincinnati Sports Club "For us, we're trending up, we're one of the clubs in the area that is seeing small stair steps in the right direction, said Mary Frank, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Cincinnati Sports Club. Frank says that sadly one in four gyms will be forced to close due to the pandemic."It could be based on location, based on the demographics that they serve, we are fortunate that we are in a community environment, said Frank. The Cincinnati Sports Club is seeing increases in holiday memberships and is projected to be on pace with last year's sales. They have heightened safety protocol and added online classes "We've since added to our online library, to give those people that are making the decisions that are best for them, and if they want to stay home then so be it, we want to be a trusted resource for them, said Frank. Both gyms urge people to get active on the heels of such a challenging year. "You get on that treadmill, you forget everything. You're escaping the world for a while,said Harden. "This can give them a place of hope and inspiration, said Frank.

New Year's resolutions may look a little different this year, but fitness goals don't have to suffer.

Many local gyms need your help to stay afloat during the pandemic, as COVID-19 restrictions have slammed the fitness industry.

"It used to be people would take their Christmas money, join the gym day, have a good time. It'd be packed after Christmas. It's always busy. Now, as you can see, it's hardly anybody," said Bill Harden, Snap Fitness General Manager.

Snap Fitness is in downtown Cincinnati. Harden says most customers worked in nearby office buildings, but with many working remotely, customers are now few and far between.

"The businesses aren't bringing people back to work and people are working from home. Some of them, their businesses have shut down, they've lost their jobs, said Harden.

He is now left to pick up the pieces

"They've let everybody go but me. I'm here working everything, taking care of everything. I've put in about 130 hours a week, said Harden

While gyms downtown are seeing a huge decrease in customers, just the opposite is happening in suburban areas, like at The Cincinnati Sports Club

"For us, we're trending up, we're one of the clubs in the area that is seeing small stair steps in the right direction, said Mary Frank, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Cincinnati Sports Club.

Frank says that sadly one in four gyms will be forced to close due to the pandemic.

"It could be based on location, based on the demographics that they serve, we are fortunate that we are in a community environment, said Frank.

The Cincinnati Sports Club is seeing increases in holiday memberships and is projected to be on pace with last year's sales. They have heightened safety protocol and added online classes

"We've since added to our online library, to give those people that are making the decisions that are best for them, and if they want to stay home then so be it, we want to be a trusted resource for them, said Frank.

Both gyms urge people to get active on the heels of such a challenging year.

"You get on that treadmill, you forget everything. You're escaping the world for a while,said Harden.

"This can give them a place of hope and inspiration, said Frank.

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Offseason fitness will play a bigger role for Flyers this season | On the Fly – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Hockey in 2020 is a lot different from when the Broad Street Bullies were winning Stanley Cups in the 1970s.

Back then, players used training camp to get in shape after an offseason that wasnt known for conditioning drills unless you count lifting a beer as an arm curl.

Today, there is too much money at stake for players to come into training camp out of shape, especially this season, when teams will have just nine on-ice sessions (starting Jan. 4) before the opener is played.

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When camp sessions start Monday, teams are allowed to have 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goaltenders. During the season, which will begin Jan. 13, rosters can have a maximum of 23 players, and a four- to six-player taxi squad, created because the coronavirus can play havoc with teams.

A maximum of 29 players will travel and practice with the team during the 56-game season.

If you arrive at camp out of shape, theres a good chance you wont be on the 23-man roster.

General manager Chuck Fletcher has casually observed players who have arrived early to skate and work out at the teams Voorhees practice facility.

First thing is you have to hope everybodys put in the time and effort to come to into camp in great shape, he said. If players are behind the eight ball in conditioning, its going to be difficult to get them where you want them to be by the start of the season.

Thats the first part. At this stage, theres not much we can do about that, he added last week. Weve obviously been checking in with players and giving them detailed programs. The ones that Ive seen around here look like theyve put a lot of time and effort in. Well hope for the best in that regard. Well hope that were healthy.

Fitness and medical tests will be held Jan. 3, one day before drills begin.

The most important thing you can do is have as many game-like situations as possible in practice, whether thats scrimmaging or drills, working on the shootout, whatever that may be, Fletcher said. You want to make things as game-like as possible and get as ready as you can be without playing a game.

There will not be any exhibition games, which is why the Flyers will scrimmage at most training-camp sessions.

The fact the Flyers made few offseason moves and have their entire coaching staff back for their second year should help the team make a smooth transition into the season, center Sean Couturier said.

At the same time, I think every team is in the same situation, Couturier said. Its going to be up to each guy to show up to camp in great shape and go from there.

One of the biggest questions that will be answered in training camp: Who will replace retired Matt Niskanen and be Ivan Provorovs partner on the top pairing?

From here, Phil Myers makes the most sense. Hes right-handed, and he has the skills and size to complement Provorov nicely.

That said, its worth noting that Fletcher last week said he liked the chemistry Myers and Travis Sanheim developed on the second pairing last season. Maybe it was an innocent comment. Or maybe in discussions with head coach Alain Vigneault, they are against breaking up the No. 2 duo.

If the second-pairing defenders remain together, that would make Erik Gustafsson and Justin Braun the only defensemen who could be paired with Provorov if Vigneault decides he wants a right-hander on that unit.

These would be my pairings: Provorov-Myers; Sanheim-Gustafsson; and Robert Hagg or Shayne Gostisbehere and Braun.

Tuesday: USA, whose team includes Flyers prospects Cam York and Bobby Brink, vs. the Czech Republic in the World Juniors at 2 p.m. (NHL Network).

Thursday: USA vs. Sweden in the World Juniors at 9:30 p.m. on the NHL Network. Besides Brink and York, Flyers prospect Emil Andrae, a defenseman for Sweden, will compete in this matchup.

Saturday: World Juniors quarterfinals at noon, 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. all on the NHL Network.

Sunday: Flyers fitness and medical testing at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Of particular interest: How center Nolan Patrick fares in his medical exam. He missed all of last season because of a migraine disorder but has been skating in Voorhees and, from all reports, feeling better.

Monday: Flyers open training camp in Voorhees.

Monday: World Juniors semifinals at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., both on NHL Network.

Jan. 5: Championship game of the World Juniors at 9:30 p.m. on the NHL Network.

Jan. 13: Flyers host Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL opener for both teams.

Question: Which Flyer do you think will be the next to win an end-of-the-year trophy like our boy Coots as the Selke winner? Brian Wert, @brianwert13, on Twitter

Answer: Thanks for the question, Brian. I think unflappable Carter Hart will be the next one. He might not win the Vezina Trophy as the NHLs best goalie this season, but I believe there is one in his future. The last Flyer to win the award? Ron Hextall in 1987. Pelle Lindbergh (1985) and Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) were other Flyers goalies who were Vezina winners.

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After losing 100 pounds, Houston trainer makes a Pledge to help others change their lives – Houston Chronicle

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Westbury resident Andres Loperena remembers a time when he struggled to kneel down and tie his own shoes. In high school, he sported slip-ons so no one would notice.

That was only 12 years ago, but it feels like 40, Loperena said.

These days, the 30-year-old weighs 100 pounds less than when he graduated high school. He has turned his own weight loss journey into a business: Pledge To Fitness in Bellaire.

I built Pledge as a solution to all my problems, Loperena said. Its all the answers to the questions I asked years ago. People gave me 4,000 places to go, 1,500 diets to follow. I think Pledge would have been the solution to my problems.

He basically synthesized all he learned from his own experiences into one place, where he can create customized programs for individual clients.

The first step is a 3D body scan, which provides body composition and fat percentages, as well as concise weight and measurements.

Then, Loperena or a trainer on his team asks clients to describe in detail their own health journey.

Tell me how you got here, Loperena asks.

Combining the information from the scan with personal stories allows Pledge to build a program that matches an individuals lifestyle and goals. Each fitness prescription blends strength training, mobility work, massage, yoga and Pilates. In addition, clients are coached in nutrition and recovery.

Weve become a one-stop shop, Loperena said. People come in so beat up from other places. You need massage, corrective exercise.

He wants each person who walks through his doors to know that Pledge will take care of them.

Were worried about you holistically, he said. Were worried about you in the long-run. I want to help you start living a different life.

No one ever said that to him. Instead, Loperena learned gradually.

Originally from Venezuela, he moved to Houston with his parents Martin Loperena and Clara Rojas in 1999 at age 10. His mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she came to the area for its world renowned medical care. The family also wanted to be close to his uncle, cardiologist Gustavo Grieco.

Loperena shouldered stress from the move and worries about his mother. He took comfort in the junk foods he was discovering in his new hometown, especially Diet Mountain Dew, candy and pizza. When he started driving, fast foods were a new temptation.

By his freshman year in high school, Loperena weighed 227 pounds.

Then, he discovered he had sleep apnea, after landing in the hospital with petit mal seizures, which are short but can be dangerous.

I was always tired, he said. I was always in bed. I was depressed.

By senior year, Loperena weighed 350 pounds. He was finally getting treatment for his sleep apnea but still gaining weight, despite trying fad diets like Atkins and South Beach.

After graduating, Loperena went to Spain with his family in the summer of 2008.

I didnt fit anywhere, he said. I didnt fit in the chairs. I didnt fit through the doors. This isnt normal. Im living a lifestyle that doesnt make sense.

By the time Loperena enrolled at the University of Houston, change was in the air.

I just had enough, he said.

While in college, he met with a nutritionist who taught him about portion control, and joined Life Time Fitness, where hours on the elliptical machine helped him drop 80 pounds. He also tried Quick Weight Loss Center and lost another 76 pounds - but gained much of it back.

At school, he discovered psychology, which would become his major.

The big anxiety issues, fitting in, self-esteem were all part of the class, Loperena said. I was like, I didnt know we came with a manual. I wanted to learn more.

All of these small moments combined changed trajectory. Rather than plan a career as a therapist, he decided to help people as a trainer who could guide them through fitness and nutrition.

I wasnt quite sure of how to get there, but even if I could help one person, I wanted to do it, Loperena said.

With weight loss came improved health and emotional well-being. He no longer had sleep apnea or seizures. Something as simple as being able to kneel down and tie my shoes helped me fell like no one can stop me now, he said.

Loperena signed up at National Personal Training Institute in 2012. He became certified in personal training, sports nutrition, as well as kettlebell and suspension (TRX) training.

At age 23, Loperena started his own company. At first, he operated as a team of independent trainers at another gym, but he quickly became frustrated with not having his own facility. He wanted to create an environment where all of the trainers operated in the same way and followed the research on how to best help others.

Lets make the training the best we can, he decided. Fitness is a relationship. You have to love fitness, since you have to do it for the rest of your life. If theres any relationship thats worth working on, its that one.

Last year, Loperena made Pledge to Fitness a brick-and-mortar reality. Before COVID-19, he was operating a team of 10 trainers and serving 80 to 90 clients, including his parents.

Then the pandemic halved his clientele.

Still, Loperena has no plans to abandon on his dream of helping others reach their health goals.

Thats why he settled on the name, Pledge. Its a promise he makes to support clients on their journey - as well as a nod to the pledge they must make to commit to their own health.

This is personal, Loperena said. We take your health personally here - and that makes a difference. Its never too late to start - and every minute you have with a better quality of life is a better minute.

At Pledge to Fitness, all ages and fitness levels are welcome, he added.

Bellaire resident Donna Grehn looks forward to her workouts at Pledge, and stops by three days a week for sessions. She first started training with Loperena at her home - and was excited to learn that he opened a location in her neighborhood.

He really listens, said Grehn, who was an aerobics instructor for 10 years. I know how to work out hard, but I needed to work out smart and differently. If Im going to lift weights and change my body, hes the guy Im going to.

Heights resident Will Drennan believes that Loperenas own story better equips Loperena to help clients like him.

Trainers who start out fit and ripped from the beginning, they dont know how I feel, he said. Starting off skinny and staying fit is definitely different than starting out bigger and trying to lose weight.

Loperena never makes Drennan feel judged - or asks him to stick to a strict diet. The trainer never pushes him through pain in a fitness routine.

Hes struggled through this - and he gets it, Drennan said. He takes everything in steps. You dont have to do it all at once, unlike other gyms.

And that makes health more obtainable, Drennan explained.

Weight loss is a journey - but then you have to learn to keep it off, Drennan said. You have to have a sustainable way of getting there and staying there. Thats what I like about Pledge - its realistic. And that makes it a much better experience.

Lindsay Peyton is a Houston-based freelance writer.

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21 Reasonable Resolutions for Getting Fit and Healthy in 2021 – InsideHook

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Goal-oriented fitness can have its moments. When youre training to make a team, beat a time or radically change an unhealthy lifestyle, numbers and dates are often worth shooting for.

But for too many of us, especially at the beginning of a new year, fitness goals trend too lofty and too specific. You want to weigh something in time for a wedding. Or lift something in time for the summer. You promise to get up every day before work for a new, expensive class. When these goals fall short, were wracked with guilt.And for most of us, that happens almost immediately at the beginning of this year, Strava identified January 19th as Quitters Day, the day people give up on their fitness resolutions.

Its a self-defeating process, and one that we cant afford to practice next year. In theory, 2021 should improve mightily on the disaster that was 2020. But the first few months are going to be tough. Gyms remain closed in much of the country, and WFH will persist until at least July. Fitness can help us push through this home stretch (it gave us everything this year), but it should be approached in a tempered, thoughtful way.

To that end: 21 reasonable resolutions for getting fit in 2021. You wont find gameplans here for maxing out on the bench press or winning a Memorial Day 5K. Each is a worthy pursuit, but there are so many other digestible, actionable, sustainable ways to improve how you move and feel on the day-to-day. From reading before bed to prioritizing nasal breathing to just hanging from a bar once in a while, here are our recommendations.

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In the text neck era, a daily dead hang will bring mobility back to your shoulders. The practice decompresses the spine and builds strength in the upper back. Install a bar at your house or go to the local jungle gym.

Exercise is often most effective when you dont realize youre doing it. Instead of committing to 100 push-ups a day (and never following through), put aside more time this year for tennis or golf, or try something new like wild swimming or gravel biking.

The only thing thats inherently childish about playing is that children are more likely to do it. Playing, in whatever form it may take shooting hoops, chasing your kids with a super-soaker is essential for mental health at all ages, and a crucial deviation from exercise measured in pain and progress.

Recovery toys get most of the coverage and deservedly so. Massage guns, compression sleeves and stainless steel ice balls are all dynamite innovations for addressing hot spots and preventing injury around the body. But dont forget free, soothing everyday options like stretching, meditation, self-massage and even skincare.

Its simply more important than ever. Find 45 minutes in your day where you can get a walk in. Make it non-negotiable. It will lead to sharper, less stressful afternoons. And youll pick up an easy 3,000 steps along the way.

On average, Americans spenda little over an hour each dayworking out. In the home workout era with discipline hard to come by that hour is in even more jeopardy. Protect it by sticking your phone in a drawer before you go sweat. It will yield better, more focused workouts.

We dont think too much about ear health, and thats a huge mistake. Damage done to the ossicles is irreversible. If you wear AirPods, train yourself to listen to them on low volume. Pumping 90-decibel noise (80% of an iPhones allotted volume) into your ears for just 10 minutes will put you on the path to tinnitus.

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This one could be as simple and specific as eat blueberries and almonds all day long. But roundly trading in salt and crunch for fruit and nuts is understandably difficult; to that end, get acquainted with our guide to Americas 25 healthiest snack brands, all of which have found to provide flavor without including overly-processed crap.

Nutrient-rich, goal-oriented drinksbelong in your daily routine. Identify something youre looking to get more of (veggies, blood flow, calm) and add something chuggable to your daily consumptions (8Greens mix, beet juice, cold-brew hibiscus tea).

Switching to a plant-based diet can trim your waistline, boost athletic performance, increase your libido and improve your sleep, while those who eat too much red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Try to cut back next year. Thankfully, its easier than ever to pull it off.

There are a couple ways of looking at this. Try not to eat within two hours of heading to bed, and try not to observe a nighttime snacking ritual, especially if youve already eaten a satisfying dinner. The timing isnt exactly the issue; its more about the type of eating we tend to accommodate at this time of day carb-heavy fare that will impede your bodys ability to burn fat as you sleep.

When we breath through the nose, the nasal passageway humidifies and pressurizes the air. It produces nitric oxide, a molecule that screens air particles before they make it to the lungs. Once there, the lungs have an easier, more efficient time of circulating oxygen throughout the body. This isnt an easy switch (over half of Americans breath through their mouths) but its worth it.

This was a big year for bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Its a natural response to an age of constant anxiety, but it leads to terrible sleep and even tooth fractures. When youre stressing, take extra care to put space between your teeth and focus on your breathing.

We have to sit smarter next year, especially if WFH is going extend into the summer for many employees. The easiest way to protect your back is pick up a laptop stand. Our favorite Rain Designs $40 mStand raises your laptop a crucial six inches, keeping eyes level with the top third of the screen. This will help keep the posterior chain stacked (low back, spine, neck and head all vertical, arms locked in at a 90-degree angle).

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Cold-temperature exposure can help turn white fat (the inflammatory fat linked to heart disease) into brown fat (the naturally occurring fat that produces heat), though a process called thermogenesis. Your body has to burn more energy to stay warm, which jumpstarts your metabolism. Long walks or even runs this winter are your friend.

If that just sounds terrible, try to get your cold fix from the shower. In addition to catalyzing the cold sculpting described above, cold-water immersion has been linked to lowered blood pressure, immune system stimulation and happy hormones. Start by turning the knob all the way to cold for the last 30 seconds of your shower.

Fiction, especially. Reading about the lives of other people (even those who dont exist) has a tendency to pull us away from our own concerns, while fostering empathy and imagination. Its a potent tool just before bed, which will probably lead to better dreams.

Plus, a dedicated reading routine is a great way to reduce screen time. We spend an average of 10 hours a day beaming artificial light directly into our eyeballs. This causes eyestrain, of course, but it also suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone released by the pineal gland that is commonly associated with sleep-wake timing.

Use the early days of 2021, when the sun is still setting around 4:30 and youre still working from the house, to implement an earlier bedtime. It doesnt have to be dramatic even just an extra hour a night could positively impact your mood, daily productivity, waistline and risk of disease.

Its a third of your life, assuming youre giving sleep its due. Aside from getting a new mattress, there are a ton of worthwhile products out there for optimizing your nightly sleep.

Behavioral activation refers to any positive activity thatnecessitatespresence of mind. Think: cooking, cleaning, gardening. Reclaiming otherwise onerous activities as opportunities to create can fill your brain with a feeling of accomplishment. And if weve learned anything this year, mental health is just as important to getting fit as the size of your biceps.

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Got a case of COVID Curves? Here are 8 fitness apps to help you get fit in 2021 – Pocketnow

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HEALTH AND FITNESS: Make wearable fitness tech work for you – Charleston Post Courier

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Wearable fitness technology is an important tool that many people use to monitor their activity, track their progress and stay motivated. From activity trackers and heart rate monitors to devices that do both and more, the newest wearables are sophisticated tools for recording your steps per day, distance you run and calories you burn. But using these devices to help you get fit, lose weight or otherwise improve your health requires that you use that information wisely.

This is especially true when it comes to losing weight. Thanks to a host of wearable devices and mobile apps, counting calories has never been easier. This matters because losing weight almost always means reducing the calories that you eat and increasing the calories that you burn. This concept of eat less, move more is the foundation of nearly every effective weight loss program and explains why some diets and exercise programs seem to work better than others, at least for some people.

Modern wearable devices and mobile apps allow you to track your weight, what you eat and your activity fairly accurately. Many apps can measure the intensity of exercise by using the GPS and accelerometer features of your phone itself and some include heart rate to make the estimates even more precise. Using this technology, you can count steps, measure how many miles you walk or run and estimate how many calories you burn.

Other apps can help you track what you eat. Whether you are counting calories or concerned about your protein intake, dietary analysis apps can show you what you are really eating. Most require you to enter the foods you eat and the app calculates calories, nutrients, sugar, salt and water intake based on standard databases. In order to get accurate results, it is important to estimate portion sizes accurately, something that is challenging even for experts. That said, these apps can be useful for tracking what you eat to help you learn about your eating patterns to develop healthier habits or meet specific goals, such as eliminating added sugar from your diet.

Activity trackers and exercise apps are especially popular for improving fitness and promoting weight loss. Both the physical activity that you do throughout the day and dedicated exercise are important for good health, physical fitness and weight control. This technology can help you know what to do, when to do it and how much you did at the end of the day.

While these tools can be helpful, it is important to emphasize the importance of developing healthy habits in order to improve fitness, lose weight or keep it off. A focus on micromanaging steps or calories may cause you to lose sight of the big picture changes you want to make. For example, you should strive to be as active as you can throughout the day, even if you have already met your step or calorie goal.

Keep in mind that there are very few people who fail to meet their fitness or weight loss goal because they didnt have the latest activity tracker or fitness app. Real success comes from making lifestyle changes to incorporate healthy eating and activity habits that you can maintain without constant reminders. While technology can help you make those changes, it does not replace the dedication needed to develop lasting eating and activity habits to promote good health. Finally, make sure to pick the device that meets your needs and your budget, as they can get expensive!

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Global Health & Fitness Club (Gym) Market Report 2020-2024: Insights & Forecast with Potential Impact of COVID-19 – ResearchAndMarkets.com -…

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Health & Fitness Club (Gym) Market: Insights & Forecast with Potential Impact of COVID-19 (2020-2024)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global health and fitness club market is estimated to reach US$96.6 billion in 2024, growing at a CAGR of 7.70% for the period spanning from 2020 to 2024.

The factors such as increasing per capita disposable income, growing urban population, increasing obesity, rising fitness clubs and gym, inclination towards health clubs for fitness are expected to drive the market. However, growth of the industry will be challenged by increasing physical outdoor activity, increased cost and increasing demand for home equipments.

A few notable trends include the rise of lifestyle-related illness, influence of social media, increasing number of health clubs and memberships, technology advancement, increasing healthcare costs, increasing health conscious audience and growing hybrid studios.

The global health and fitness club market is expected to grow in future owing to rising awareness among people to avail healthy lifestyle, increasing number of lifestyle-oriented diseases and rising incidences of obesity. In terms of geographical areas, America is the major contributor to the global health and fitness club memberships supported by growing millennial population and rising obesity.

Asia is the fastest-growing market for health and fitness club with attractive membership fees offered by fitness clubs and increasing spending on marketing and advertisement.

Key Target Audience:

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

1.1 Fitness Clubs

1.2 Different Fitness Centers

1.3 Different Facilities and Services

2. Impact of COVID-19

2.1.1 Fall in Memberships

2.1.2 Gyms Bankruptcy

2.1.3 Rising Sales of Home Fitness Equipments

3. Global Health and Fitness Club Market Analysis

3.1 Global Health and Fitness Club Market by Value

3.2 Global Health and Fitness Club Market Forecast by Value

3.3 Global Health and Fitness Penetration Rate by Region

3.4 Global Health and Fitness Club Market by Region

3.5 Global Health and Fitness Club Membership

3.6 Global Health and Fitness Club Membership Forecast

3.7 Global Health and Fitness Club Membership by Region

3.8 Global Number of Gym by Region

4. Regional Health and Fitness Club Market Analysis

4.1 North America

4.1.1 North America Health and Fitness Club Market by Value

4.1.2 North America Health and Fitness Club Market Forecast by Value

4.1.3 North America Health and Fitness Club Membership

4.1.4 North America Health and Fitness Club Membership Forecast

4.1.5 Number of Gyms in North America

4.1.6 Number of Gyms in North America Forecast

4.1.7 U.S. Gym Market by Value

4.1.8 U.S. Gym Market Forecast by Value

4.1.9 U.S. Gym Membership

4.1.10 U.S. Gym Membership Forecast

4.1.11 Number of Gyms in the U.S.

4.1.12 Number of Gyms in the U.S. Forecast

4.2 Europe

4.3 Asia-Pacific

5. Market Dynamics

5.1 Growth Drivers

5.1.1 Increasing Per Capita Disposable Income

5.1.2 Growing Urban Population

5.1.3 Increasing Obesity

5.1.4 Rising Fitness Clubs and Gym

5.1.5 Inclination Towards Health Clubs for Fitness

5.2 Key Trends & Developments

5.2.1 Rise of Lifestyle Related Illness

5.2.2 Influence of Social Media

5.2.3 Increasing Number of Health Clubs and Memberships

5.2.4 Technology Advancements

5.2.5 Increasing Healthcare Costs

5.2.6 Increasing Health Conscious Audience

5.2.7 Growing Hybrid Studios

5.3 Challenges

5.3.1 Increasing Physical Outdoor Activity

5.3.2 Increased Cost

5.3.3 Increasing Demand for Home Equipments

6. Competitive Landscape

6.1 Global Market

6.1.1 Key Players - Revenue Comparison

6.1.2 Key Players - Market Cap Comparison

6.1.3 Global Gyms Brands by Client Base

6.2 The U.S.

6.2.1 Top U.S. Gyms by Number of Members

6.3 China

6.3.1 China Gyms Market Ranking

7. Company Profiles

7.1 Planet Fitness, Inc.

7.1.1 Business Overview

7.1.2 Financial Overview

7.1.3 Business Strategies

7.2 Town Sports International Holdings Inc.

7.3 Equinox Holdings, Inc.

7.4 The Bay Club Company

7.5 Gold Gym International Inc.

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The Best Fitness Trackers for Every Kind of Athlete (and Regular Guys) – The Manual

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Like the best blazer, moisturizer, or home workout equipment, the best fitness tracker for men depends on the man himself. Many brands seem to operate within their own niches, making the right fitness tracker for you dependent on how you use it (or plan on using it). Some are tailor-made for the dedicated gym rat, providing metrics far beyond what most casual dumbbell-curlers will ever hope to need. Others, which run close to the best smartwatches, are about the lifestyle well-apportioned and providing basic information for when all youre looking for is heart rate and increasing your step count. Regardless of your needs, your new wrist-mounted fitness companion is below. All you have to do is decide how far youll take it.

To the naked eye, Withings Steel HR Sport passes as just another mechanical watch. But inside its sleek steel case is a fully modern machine, replete with GPS, heart rate, activity detection, and a massive 25-day battery life. It also connects to your smartphone for data access and text notification. While it includes a rubber band thats ready to get wet, there are also leather options that further refine this already elevated tracker.

If youve spent any time listening to the Joe Rogan Experience, youve heard him shilling for Whoop. But the Whoop Strap 3.0 is a hell of a tracker when it comes to diving deep into your fitness, especially when it comes to performance. Its proprietary algorithm evaluates your resting heart rate, assigning a score so that you know how hard you can push in your next workout based on your last. It also dives deep into sleep patterns, helping guide you into adequate rest and recovery, and it does so with a five-day battery. While no data is displayed on the unit itself (youll need your smartphone to access it), it still provides the most thorough metrics for the fitness-is-life athlete.

There are a ton of fitness features on the new Series 6, from blood oxygen level measurements to an on-demand electrocardiogram, fitness challenges, sleep analytics, and more. But really, you select an Apple Watch because youre deep into the Apple ecosystem. Apple Pay comes with you via your wrist, as well as calls, texts, and about a million different band options, from a fitness-focused Nike partnership to a style-forward Herms collaboration. It seamlessly integrates with all your other Apple devices, and if youve read this far, you know how handy that will be.

Garmin pioneered the wrist-mounted GPS and has been perfecting it for decades, so its no surprise that for the core runner pounding out miles, its a solid option. The Forerunner 945 is the flagship of this running-specific line, and it comes packed with features that distance guys will find handy, from a slim design to heart rate, VO2 max, GPS, performance evaluation, evaluative recovery time, and even a coach-like function to supply you with fitness-building workouts. It even allows you to sync music. When it comes to the trial of miles, theres no beating it.

Fitbit pioneered the entire category of the fitness wearable, so its no surprise that it still continues to lead the sector. Our favorite Charge 4 does a little bit of everything well while maintaining the smallest size on our list, making it a subtle way to track your metrics without announcing it to the the world. It includes built-in GPS, along with sleep and heart-rate tracking, Spotify control, step- and stair count, smartphone notifications, and a hell of a lot more. Its breathing coach is an easy, fast way to de-stress. Its seven-day battery life is no slouch, either, while it also includes a tap-and-go payment system to protect your hands.

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These 17 Fitness Products Got Us the Most Pumped This Year – gearpatrol.com

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This story is part of our end-of-year series This Year in Gear rounding up the most notable releases of 2020. For more stories like this, click here.

If nothing else, this unprecedented year has reminded us of the importance of taking care of ourselves. And while that lesson has manifested most visibly in the abundance of PPE (personal protective equipment, a phrase we'd never heard until 2020), it was echoed by top fitness brands. Many of them launched incredible products for shaping up at home. Those items form the bulk of this annual roundup, but thankfully don't cover everything. High-tech running shoes, shades, a face mask and even a commuter backpack prove that with the right precautions, our bodies can still thrive outdoors, too.

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier in an early version of this funky-looking shoe last October, and the brand dropped a consumer version the following spring. Its propulsive power comes from Zoom airbags, ZoomX foam and a stiff carbon plate, and the biggest tribute to its impact may be the vast number of similarly shaped imitators from other top running brands.

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Cluster Dextrin, the key ingredient in Superfuel Drink Mix, consists of 60 to 70 glucose units (compared to maltodextrin's three to 20) that break apart slowly during digestion, providing strong, steady energy for the long haul. That makes it way better for a century ride than, say, a coffee shop pastry in your back pocket.

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These nicely priced running shorts feature Airtastic, an ultralight, stretchy, breathable and water-repellent fabric. The space-age material ensures that even with essential gear stashed in its no-bounce pockets, you feel fast and unfettered on the roads and trails.

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With regulation in its infancy, CBD products bring out our natural skepticism. All of Therabody's, however, make third-party lab tests available through a QR code right on the bottle, so you know exactly what's in it. And this particular formula delivers a rare treat: a good night's sleep that doesn't leave you groggy.

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We have tested dozens of face masks, and we keep coming back to this one. The structure, wire nose bridge and soft fabric make it among the most breathable and comfortable weve tried. And the comfortable, stretchy ear loops are easy to pull on and off, so it's great for not only workouts but quick errands too.

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In addition to a carbon fiber plate, this dynamic running shoe boasts five carbon-infused EnergyRods that sit beneath the metatarsals, sandwiched between thick layers of LightstrikePRO, Adidas's lightest foam to date. The first time this shoe was released, it sold out in 15 minutes (sigh), but you can sign up to be notified if it comes back.

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These updated shades feature the worlds first porous, anti-fog lenses, Calm-Tech, a membrane that absorbs moisture to remain clear. They are designed for athletes who wear sunglasses for hours at a time or in challenging performance situations, like marathoners and climbers, but in the face mask era, we can all enjoy the fog-free benefits.

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This powder-based formula dissolves fast to help you rehydrate quickly after exercise. Instant accomplishes that feat two to three times faster than plain water, includes full daily servings Vitamins C and B12 and comes in two tasty flavors: lemon-lime and watermelon.

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Manduka GRP Adapt Yoga Mat

One of our favorite yoga mat brands mixed up a new polyurethane formula that's extra absorbent, so when a session gets hot on purpose or otherwise you can hold the trickiest poses without worrying about slipping on sweat. If there's a single mat that can handle any practice (or workout, frankly), it's this one.

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This strength-forward setup combines the KettlebellConnect 2.0 with other innovative tools, including DumbbellConnect (100 pounds of adjustable dumbbells), PushUpConnect (a push-up trainer) and Foam RollerConnect (a vibrating roller). Theres also a rotating 43-inch touchscreen, streaming classes and a machine-learning algorithm to help you reach your swole goals.

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By public transit and by bike, European cities have long bested American ones when it comes to commuting. That trend apparently even extends to run commuting, if this release from Copenhagen-based Saysky is any sign. It is waterproof, fully adjustable, has space for a 15-inch laptop and looks pretty dang slick.

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Ten Thousand collected thousands of measurements and fit preferences to make its workout shirt as close to perfect as possible. One learning was that one size doesn't fit all, so there are three fabric blends. We like the feel of the Versatile Shirt, but the Durable and Lightweight versions are great too, and all are available with short or long sleeves.

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Wahoo's first watch is loaded with features that make tracking workouts easier, including compatibility with its vaunted bike computers and a big bright display. But the coolest one is "touchless transition": during a triathlon, it senses when you shift from one stage to another, without you needing to tell it you've switched from, say, swimming to cycling.

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Best known for science-based performance products like ketone esters, Hvmn now makes bars with creative flavors such as chocolate chunk, Mexican hot chocolate, everything bagel and vanilla shortbread. They're organic and contain only a gram of sugar, with most of their nutritional content made up of fat from nut butter, cacao butter and coconut oil.

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This new subscription service pulls together some of the brands biggest strengths Apple Watch metrics, the intuitive interfaces of its tablets and phones, the vast library of Apple Music to deliver a variety of studio-style classes led by a diverse team of top trainers. And our early tests indicate it has all the makings of a hit.

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This updated handheld device delivers red and near-infrared wavelengths to help optimize your bodys cellular function. While similar devices are rather clunky, the travel-size Go 2.0 smoothly syncs with the Joovv app for customizable treatments. That means a tool once only accessible to pro trainers has become much more portable and user-friendly.

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This polarizing screen-free wristband monitors body composition, tone of voice, sleep and activity, and connects to an app, where users can access science-backed health challenges to implement small changes into daily routines and track measurable results. While privacy concerns abound, Halo will never sell health data that ties directly to you, and you can delete your data at any time.

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Fitness Industry Execs Included on List of Top 25 Consumer Health Tech Executives of 2020 – Club Industry

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Executives from the fitness industry, including Active Wellness CEO Bill McBride, Volt Athletics CEO Dan Guiliani, iFit President Mark Watterson and Calibrate Founder and CEO Isabelle Kenyon, were named by the Healthcare Technology Report to its list of top 25 consumer health tech executives of 2020.

The list also includes Fitbit CEO James Parks.

The Healthcare Technology Report, New York, provides market research and insights, business news, investment activity updates and important corporate developments related to the healthcare technology sector.

McBride steered his company into a partnership with St. Joseph Health, a non-profit healthcare system serving 3.7 million people annually, with Active Wellness maintaining a majority interest in the partnership, according to a summary of McBrides achievements. Active Wellness designed 150 commercial fitness centers, community centers, medical fitness centers and corporate fitness centers.

As co-founder and CEO of technology company Volt Athletics, Guiliani led the company in its use of artificial intelligence to personalize workout plans for more than one million coaches, athletes and exercisers in 150 countries. Volt Athletics, which is based in Seattle, has been on the Inc. 5000 list for three consecutive years.

Watterson guided iFit, which is owned by ICON Health & Fitness, through the COVID-19 pandemic, During that time, the company, which offers proprietary streaming technology that brings fitness activities to homes and gyms on iFit-enabled equipment, grew its paid subscriber base 115 percent since the end of November 2019. In addition, the company rolled out its iFit Coach in a partnership with Planet Fitness.

Kenyons company is trying to change the way the world treats weight loss, according to her profile. Calibrate offers a one-year digital program that uses a web portal, a persons mobile phone and an app to connect obese people with specialists and coaches who can help them while also tracking their health goal progress.

Hundreds of nominees were evaluated based on their career track record, reputation among peers and colleagues, experience in the industry, and company achievements, among other factors. The final list of recipients are industry leaders that provide effective, secure and accessible products for individuals to better treat illness and manage their health, according to the announcement. The awardees have excelled in their field not only through deep expertise and determination but through the power of imagination and testing the limits of what is possible with technology, the company said.

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Here Are Some of the Local Fitness and Wellness Spots We Said Goodbye to in 2020 – Washingtonian

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2020 has been an incredibly tough year for a swath of industries, one of them being the world of fitness studios. With Covid numbers on the rise, many longtime studio devotees no longer feel safe going to class. Or perhaps they cant even go to class: Last month, DC restricted indoor group fitness.

Several local groups have pivoted to stay afloat, either offering an open-gym format to remain operating or creating an open-air studio.

Some local spots, however, sadly werent able to make it through this year. We rounded up some popular studios that we said goodbye to in 2020. Dont see your former favorite spot listed? Send a message to mmontgomery@washingtonian.com.

In November, the H Street cycling studio announced that it would close permanently. The group opened the day after the 2017 inauguration, and had been hosting outdoor rides during the pandemic. SenatorKirsten Gillibrand and Representative Kathleen Rice had both been spotted there.

The boxing club opened in 1999 and bounced around different locations before settling in Northeast. It officially closed this year. In the era of boutique boxing workouts like Nuboxx and Rumble, it was singled out as one of the few old-school boxing gyms left in DC.

This Capitol Hill yoga studio was on track for a good 2020until the pandemic hit. In September, owner Alyson Shade announced that the studio would close, and hosted the last class at the end of October. Shade is now leading yoga and mediation classes, self-care coaching, and energy work sessions on her own.

Okay, so this was technically a national chain, but the two DC locationsone in Dupont Circle, one in City Centerwere popular with cycling fans. The cycling group officially closed all locations in September after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Flywheel was founded in 2010 and had 42 spots across the country.

The U Street franchise of the national barre and cycle brand opened in 2016. However, after struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, the DC location closed in November. The group continues to operate locations elsewhere in the country.

The downtown meditation and power nap spotwhose owner, David Turissini, made an appearance onShark Tank in 2018closed in September. While it will no longer be hosting classes virtually, the group announced on its Instagram that it will continue to offer corporate programs.

The Dupont Circle meditation studio officially closed in May, after suspending in-person classes starting in March. The spot originally opened in 2017.

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New Years fitness resolutions looking different in COVID-19 pandemic – WIAT – CBS42.com

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) With 2021 just around the corner, one of the most common New Years resolutions is typically going to the gym to get back in shape.

This year has been difficult for many businesses across the country, including gyms, many of which look very different than before. In some gyms, masks are required while working out and locker rooms have been closed in some locations.

Despite these new COVID-19 protocols, gyms in the Birmingham area are encouraging people to go after their fitness goals in the new year.

With everything thats been going on with COVID and just in general with this year, the gym has really been a therapeutic place for a lot of people. So, I hope things will look up for next year and we will regain some of the members, said Tyler Pressood, an employee at Planet Fitness.

With the exhaustion of 2020, gyms can often be a place of well-being for some. That being said, many gyms are going the extra mile to stay as safe as possible and remain open for everybody with fitness aspirations.

We do these things here called 20s. So, essentially we do them like every hour so essentially it takes you 20 minutes it would take one of us like 20 minutes to go around the gym, spot sweep, wipe down the machines and things like that, Presswood said.

While gyms like Planet Fitness continue to encourage fitness growth and New Years aspirations, theyre encouraging safety just as much. Social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitation of equipment are all still in effect. Extra cleaning and sanitation policies have been implemented for the safety of those ready to kick off their fitness journey in the new year.

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Slices of Life: Seeking fitness despite broken elastic and junk in the trunk – Pine Journal

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Experts say that fitness isnt about diet or exercise. It is about health. Our goal should not be a number on the scale or a certain size jeans. We should seek a body and lifestyle that are healthy.

What experts dont say out loud is that diet and exercise are synonyms for healthy. You cant reach healthy without the D and E words. Life isnt fair, and the bathroom scale doesnt lie. I found this out the other day when I pulled my scale my dusty scale out from under the bathroom sink, climbed aboard and discovered that either the scale was broken or I no longer fit into my jeans. The correct answer was B.

So, it was with great remorse that I crawled kicking and screaming back onto the fitness bandwagon. I gleefully fell off it about a year ago. For the last 12 months Ive let things slide. Its been a great ride, but now its time for me to get back to business the business of health. And that, my friends, includes those two favorite four-letter words: diet and exercise.

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In order to exercise, one must have the proper gear. I have gear; I just had a hard time remembering where I put it, since it hadnt been used in over a year. I reached into the far corners of my closet and there right next to a forgotten black leather mini skirt, pair of zebra-print Zubaz and a fanny pack were my sweatpants.

Like my scale, they were a little dusty and perhaps smelled a bit of mildew from sitting on the shelf for so many months. When I went to put them on, the elastic waist gave a weak crumbling sound as the fibers disintegrated beneath my fingers; it was a waistband that wouldnt snap back into place ever again.

Lucky thing, too, because the pants had shrunk since the last time I wore them. They were much tighter along my backside, and I didnt really need any elastic to hold them in place anyway.

When I exercise, I try not to employ any real calisthenics or moves that actual athletes might attempt. My goal is to get the benefits of exercise without moving too quickly or breaking a sweat. My movement of choice involves walking nothing more. This can be a taxing activity, aerobic, even, especially if your walk includes inclines or hills. Mine does, so it is very vigorous for a woman with broken elastic in her sweatpants.

The one good thing about exercise is that you only have to think about it once a day. The D-word diet is on your mind constantly. That is because eating is one of the most basic and simple pleasures of life. I dont think I could live without eating.

When it comes to food, there are healthy choices and there is junk; hence the term junk food. You know when youve chosen junk because your mouth will be filled with something that tastes good. It may even be a little greasy, creamy or cheesy. In the world of healthy diets, words like greasy, creamy and cheesy all mean one thing: junk.

Fried, frittered, frosted, battered, buttered or breaded are all to be avoided (junk). Anything that crunches and is not a fruit or vegetable is junk. Cheese is not your friend.

Meat should be white, but without any sauce that is white. Most fish is okay as long as it is broiled, boiled, broasted or baked.

Eat as much celery as you want. Chewing it burns more calories than it contains. You must not dip it in peanut butter or ranch sauce, though. Turns it into junk.

The whole diet thing certainly provides its challenges. Junk is rampant in my pantry, and you know what they say about too much junk in the trunk. At this point, I have my fair share.

Health can be pretty daunting. Lots of things (like cheesecake and walking uphill) can get in the way of fitness, but I am determined. I crunch another stalk of naked celery and think about tomorrow. I will not let the inclines get the best of me. Thoughts of chocolate will be banished. I can do this. I will. My sweatpants may be broken, but I am not.

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From yoga mats to fitness products: how this entrepreneur scaled his business to clock Rs 30 Cr turnover in tw – YourStory

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Being fit is important for everyone. Twenty-five-year old entrepreneur Pallav Bihani realised this quite early when he suffered from a slip disc while in school, right before his board exams.

In an interaction with SMBStory, he says,

He explains that fitness is not affordable in India. Right from health supplements and fitness accessories to immunity boosters people cannot afford such high costs.

Hailing from a family that has been into manufacturing hospital supplies, Pallav decided to join the family business after his graduation. However, he soon perceived that he was not adding much value to the business that was already established and running successfully. It was at this time he started thinking about the fitness segment and thus, to fill the gap, he founded Boldfit in Bengaluru in January 2019.

Pallav says his primary motive to start Boldfit was to make fitness available for everyone. And so, he started this D2C, health and fitness ecommerce brand to reach directly to the consumers after taking a loan of Rs eight lakh from his father.

The cash was less to set up a whole manufacturing infrastructure and Pallav wasnt ready to seek any external funding, and so he decided to start small and began with yoga mats.

Pallav realised that if yoga mats are not of good quality, they get worn out easily, and the ones that sustain for long are very expensive. He tapped this segment by contacting a few contract manufacturers to make yoga mats for his brand.

He started selling yoga mats in his close circle and then listed the product on Amazon and was surprised by the response. He says, I knew there was a gap in the market but didnt know that it was too much.

Pallav claims that Boldfit yoga mats last for at least three years.

Starting with just one product, Boldfit now has 30 SKUs across categories including fitness and yoga, nutrition, health and wellness. Out of 30, Pallav says that 17 SKUs were added only in November 2020. The price of Boldfit products starts from Rs 199.

After the successful launch of the yoga mats, Pallav expanded Boldfit to launch nutritional and wellness supplements, where he brought proteins, multivitamins, immunity boosters, detox tablets, and other supplements under WHO and GMP compliance.

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Boldfit products are available across ecommerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, MensXP, and it also sells products through its own portal.

Going digital has helped Boldfit maintain a lean approach and reach customers across the country. Pallav says the growth of the company would not have been possible without digital penetration and achieving their present scale would be unthinkable a decade ago in the non-digital era.

Boldfit has utilised the maximised potential of the digital ecosystem and has made its presence felt across India. According to the founder, Boldfit has fulfilled over 2,00,000 lakh orders so far, and today one Boldfit product is delivered somewhere in India every minute.

In a span of two years, the company claims to be having an annual turnover of Rs 30 crore.

Pallav says that India is among the fastest-growing fitness and healthcare market in the world, and is projected to be a $10 billion market by 2025.

For Boldfit, capital had been a constraint in the early days, but Pallav says it also gave them the discipline to make some hard choices and decisions and stay bootstrapped.

Competition with other leading and established brands in India, besides the vast set up of foreign brand Decathlon into the fitness space, was another challenge. But it didnt take long for Pallav to understand consumer dynamics and accept the competition.

Pallav says he aims to make Boldfit reach masses by playing on the pricing strategy and be the first name to hit the mind when it comes to fitness products. He says that his ultimate dream for the brand is to be on par with Decathlon in India.

The brand is also soon going to launch and include more SKUs in its portfolio.

This year, the company is also launching its ayurvedic product range called Boldveda. It is also in talks with Nykaa, NetMed, and other ecommerce companies to list its products.

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Global Fitness App Market is expected to register at a CAGR of 31.25% during the forecast period, 20192026.

A fitness app is a software application that can be downloaded on any mobile device, such as a smartphone or a tablet. These apps are designed specifically to assist users with exercise and other types of physical training, nutrition and diet, health tracking, or any other related fitness topics.

The market is driven by the increased use of mobile applications, rising adoption of sports and fitness applications for monitoring activities and heart rates, and the growing demand for wearable fitness devices. Smartphones have become an essential aspect of a humans social security and physiological wellbeing. A mobile application is a software application that is designed to run on mobile devices, such as smartphones, wearable devices, and tablet computers.

Such applications have emerged due to the convergence of media, the Internet, and advanced technologies. In recent years, people have changed the way of managing important elements of their life, including health by using various health and fitness applications on their mobiles. Mobile health apps are referred to as mHealth apps that operate on Android, Windows, and iPhone operating systems (iOS) There are thousands of health and fitness apps available for download on Google Play, some of them are RockMyRun, MyFitnessPal, Kidfit, and FitWell.

Nowadays, due to busy schedules, evolving health and fitness measures, and the ease of use, fitness apps can be downloaded and used either for a few dollars or for free. Such apps offer health benefits as they enable users to stay fit by maintaining their weight and guiding them through exercises as per their comfort and convenience. They also help users benefit from the range of diet plans to suit their body types. Hence, an increase in the use of mobile applications has led to a rise in the adoption of various fitness apps for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, the high cost of fitness app and tracker development is expected to hamper the market growth. The digitalization of the healthcare industry in developing countries creates growth opportunities for the global fitness app market during the forecast period.

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The Fitness App Market, by region, has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. North America held the largest share of the market in 2019, with a market value of USD 16.82 billion; the regional market is expected to register a CAGR of 28.35% during the forecast period. The growth of the fitness app market in the region can be attributed to the growing demand for wearable devices such as smart bands, smartwatches, and smart rings, the increasing awareness regarding the health conciseness, and the rising penetration of smartphones.

Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR of 33.46% during the forecast period. The growing consumer demand for a healthier lifestyle and the continuous growing interest in a balanced diet and the demand for improved healthcare across countries in the region is expected to make Asia-pacific the fastest-growing region in the market. Furthermore, the increased personal per capita disposable income is also driving the fitness app market growth in Asia-Pacific.

Companies Covered

The Key Players in the Global Fitness App Market are Google LLC (US), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (South Korea), TomTom International BV (The Netherlands), Lenovo Group Limited (China), Nike, Inc. (US), Adidas AG (Germany), Under Armour, Inc. (US), Wahoo Fitness (US), Azumio Inc. (US), Asics Corporation (Japan), and Grand Apps (US).

According to MarketDigits analysis, Google LLC is currently leading the global fitness app market in terms of market share. Google Fit by Google enables its users to track workout routines in real-time. The company is innovating its product offerings to serve a wide application area and consumer base. It has worked with the WHO to develop activity goals named Move Minutes and Heart Points, which are based on physical activity recommendations shown to impact health.

Furthermore, the company is also focused on strategic mergers and acquisitions, which broadens its product portfolio to serve a wide application area and consumer base. For instance, in 2019, Google acquired Fitbit, which helps the company strengthen its position in the fitness wearables and fitness app market. The company also emphasizes building and strengthening its relationship with channel partners, which enhances its distribution capabilities to boost its consumer base. Furthermore, its strong geographical footprint helps the company strengthen its position in the fitness app market.

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Table of Contents-Snapshot Executive Summary

Chapter 1 Industry Overview

Chapter 2 Industry Competition by Manufacturers

Chapter 3 Industry Production Market Share by Regions

Chapter 4 Industry Consumption by Regions

Chapter 5 Industry Production, Revenue, Price Trend by Type

Chapter 6 Industry Analysis by Applications

Chapter 7 Company Profiles and Key Figures in Industry Business

Chapter 8 Industry Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9 Marketing Channel, Distributors and Customers

Chapter 10 Market Dynamics

Chapter 11 Industry Forecast

Chapter 12 Research Findings and Conclusion

Chapter 13 Methodology and Data Source

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Market Drivers

Rise in awareness regarding the health of the individuals and benefits associated with continuous monitoring of their health is a factor positively affecting the growth of the market

Increasing prevalence of adoption of smart healthcare devices amid need for reduction of healthcare monitoring errors; this factor is expected to positively affect the growth of the market

Rising prevalence of chronic diseases globally resulting in requirement of monitoring of health in patients; this factor is expected to drive the growth of the market

Market Restraints

Lack in the presence of reimbursement policies regarding the implementation and adoption of these devices is expected to act as a restraint to the growth of the market

Large costs associated with the devices are expected to restrain the growth of the market

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On the basis of report- titled segments and sub-segment of the market are highlighted below:

By Type (Mobile, Watch, USB, Bluetooth, Sensors, Others)

By Product (Sports & Fitness Devices, Remote Health Monitoring Devices, Professional Healthcare Devices)

By Application (Monitoring, Diagnosis)

By End-Users (Hospitals, Sports & Fitness Institutes)

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IDEAL LIFE INC.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc

Google

BioTelemetry, Inc

Abbott

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

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Global Wireless Health and Fitness Devicess Market providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials and instrumentation and downstream demand analysis is additionally dispensed. The Global Wireless Health and Fitness Devicess market development trends and marketing channels are analyzed. Finally, the feasibility of latest investment projects is assessed and overall analysis conclusions offered.Wireless Health and Fitness Devices Market Scope

Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market on the basis of countries is segmented into U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, U.K., France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia- Pacific, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East & Africa

All country based analysis of the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is further analyzed based on maximum granularity into further segmentation. On the basis of component, the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is segmented into hardware and software. Software section is further sub segmented into standalone software, integrated software. On the basis of delivery mode, the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is segmented into on-premise solutions, cloud-based solutions, web based. On the basis of end user, the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is bifurcated into providers, payers, patients, others. On the basis of application, the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is fragmented into health management, home health management, social and behavioral management, financial health management. On the basis of therapeutic, the Wireless Health and Fitness Devices market is divided into chronic diseases, womens health, fitness, others.

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Europe:Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy

Asia-Pacific:China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia

South America:Brazil, Argentina, Colombia

Center East and Africa: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa

Years considered for this report:o Historical Years: 2015-2019o Base Year: 2019o Estimated Year: 2020o Wireless Health and Fitness Devicess Market Forecast Period: 2020-2027

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Va. health dept. to give updates on vaccine rollout on Wednesday – WAVY.com

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RICHMOND, VA. (WAVY) The Virginia Department of Health is holding a virtual briefing Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. to discuss vaccine distribution in the commonwealth.

The briefing should include updated numbers on how many doses the state will receive.

For the last two weeks, first responders and civilian and military health care workers have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. EMS and other frontline health workers are in the1a prioritization for vaccines, based on CDC guidance. Other health workers and long-term care residents and staff are also in this 1a group. Future phases 1b and 1c include essential workers and high-risk adults.

On Tuesday, WAVY reported Virginia Beach EMS and Fire crews received the Moderna shot. Long-term care residents and staff were supposed to start receiving vaccines this week through a partnership with CVS, but its unclear how many doses have been administered in those facilities.

More than 41,700 Virginians in total have been vaccinated so far.

This comes as NBC News reports that the overall vaccination distribution in the U.S. is off to a slow start.

Operation Warp Speed planned to have 20 million does to states by the end of the year. Its a goal it will miss by millions, as about 2 million Americans have received their initial doses.

Its only been 15 days since the first vaccine were given, so things will evolve, they will optimize over the next week or so, and you will see millions and millions more vaccines, explainedAdmiral Brett Giroir, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary.

Virginia missed out on about 100,000 expected doses early on due to logistical errors.

President-elect Joe Biden is criticizing the slow pace. The Trump administrations plan to distribute vaccines is falling behind, far behind, said Biden.But as I long feared and warned the effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should.

10 On Your Sides Stephanie Harris will attend the meeting and have updates on WAVY News 10 starting at 4 p.m.

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It decimated our staff: Covid ravages Black and brown health workers in US – The Guardian

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This spring, New Jersey emergency room nurse Maritza Beniquez saw wave after wave of sick patients, each wearing a look of fear that grew increasingly familiar as the weeks wore on.

Soon, it was her colleagues at Newarks University hospital the nurses, techs and doctors with whom she had been working side-by-sidewho turned up in the ER, themselves struggling to breath. So many of our own co-workers got sick, especially toward the beginning, it literally decimated our staff, she said.

By the end of June, 11 of Beniquezs colleagues were dead. Like the patients they had been treating, most were Black and Latino.

We were disproportionately affected because of the way that Blacks and Latinos in this country have been disproportionately affected across every [part of] our livesfrom schools to jobs to homes, she said.

Now Beniquez feels like a vanguard of another kind. On 14 December, she became the first person in New Jersey to receive the coronavirus vaccine and was one of many medical workers of color featured prominently next to headlines heralding the vaccines arrival at US hospitals.

It was a joyous occasion, one that kindled the possibility of seeing her parents and her 96-year-old grandmother, who live in Puerto Rico, again. But those nationally broadcast images were also a reminder of those for whom the vaccine came too late.

Covid-19 has taken an outsized toll on Black and Hispanic Americans. And those disparities extend to the medical workers who have intubated them, cleaned their bedsheets, and held their hands in their final days, a Guardian/Kaiser Health News investigation has found. People of color account for about 65% of fatalities in cases in which there is race and ethnicity data.

One recent study found healthcare workers of color were more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to test positive for the virus. They were more likely to treat patients with Covid-19, more likely to work in nursing homes major coronavirus hotbeds and more likely to cite an inadequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to the report.

In a national sample of 100 cases gathered by the Guardian/Kaiser Health News in which a healthcare worker expressed concerns over insufficient PPE before they died of Covid-19, three-quarters of the victims were identified as Black, Hispanic, Native or Asian.

Black healthcare workers are more likely to want to go into public-sector care where they know that they will disproportionately treat communities of color, said Adia Wingfield, a Washington University sociologist who has studied racial inequality in the healthcare industry. But they also are more likely to be attuned to the particular needs and challenges that communities of color may have, she said.

Not only do many Black healthcare staff work in lower-resourced health centers, she said, they are also more likely to suffer from many of the same co-morbidities found in the general Black population, a legacy of systemic inequities.

And they may fall victim to lower standards of care. Dr Susan Moore, a 52-year-old Black pediatrician in Indiana, was hospitalized with Covid-19 in November and, according to a video posted to her Facebook account, had to ask repeatedly for tests, Remdesevir and pain medication. She said her white doctor dismissed her complaints of pain and she was discharged, only to be admitted to another hospital 12 hours later.

Numerous studies have found Black Americans often receive worse medical care than their white counterparts: in March, a Boston biotech firm published an analysis showing physicians were less likely to refer Black patients for coronavirus tests when they showed symptoms of the illness. Doctors are also less likely to prescribe painkillers to Black patients.

If I was white, I wouldnt have to go through that, Moore said in the video posted from her hospital bed. This is how Black people get killed, when you send them home, and they dont know how to fight for themselves. She died on 20 December of complications from Covid-19, her son Henry Muhammad told news outlets.

Along with people of color, immigrant health workers have suffered disproportionate losses to Covid-19. More than one-third of healthcare workers to die of Covid-19 in the US were born abroad, from the Philippines to Haiti, Nigeria and Mexico, according to a Guardian/Kaiser Health News analysis of cases for which there is data. They account for 20% of healthcare workers in the US overall.

Dr Ramon Tallaj, a physician and chairman of Somos, a non-profit network of healthcare providers in New York, said immigrant doctors and nurses often see patients from their own communities and many working-class, immigrant communities have been devastated by Covid-19.

Our community is essential workers. They had to go to work at the beginning of the pandemic, and when they got sick, they would come and see the doctor in the community, he said. Twelve doctors and nurses in the Somos network have died of Covid-19, he said.

Dr Eriberto Lozada was an 83-year-old family physician in Long Island. He was still seeing patients out of his practice in New York when cases began to climb in the spring. Originally from the Philippines, a country with a long history of sending skilled medical workers to the United States, he was proud to be a doctor and proud to have been an immigrant who made good, his son James Lozada said.

Lozadas family remember him as strict and strong-willed they affectionately called him the king. He instilled in his children the importance of a good education. He died in April.

Two of his four sons, John and James Lozada, are doctors. Both were vaccinated this month. Considering all they had been through, John said, it was a bittersweet occasion. But he thought it was important for another reason to set an example to his patients.

The inequities in Covid infections and deaths risk fueling distrust in the vaccine. In a recent Pew study, around 42% of Black respondents said they would definitely or probably get the vaccine compared with 60% of the general population.

This makes sense to Patricia Gardner, a Black, Jamaica-born nursing manager at Hackensack University medical center in New Jersey whose family, colleagues, and she herself, have all been infected. A lot of what I hear is, How is it that we werent the first to get the care, but now were the first to get vaccinated? she said.

Like Beniquez, she was vaccinated on 14 December. For me to step up to say, I want to be in the first group Im hoping that sends a message, she said.

Beniquez, the nurse in Newark, said she felt the weight of that responsibility when she signed on to the first person to receive the vaccine in her state. Many of her patients have expressed skepticism over the vaccine, fueled, she said, by a health system that has failed them for years.

We remember the Tuskegee trials. We remember the appendectomies reports that women were forcibly sterilized in a Georgia Ice detention center. These are things that have happened to this community to the Black and Latino communities over the last century. As a healthcare worker, I have to recognize that their fears are legitimate and explain This is not that, she said.

Beniquez said her joy and relief over receiving the vaccine are tempered by the reality of rising cases in the ER. The adrenaline she and her colleagues felt in the spring is gone, replaced by fatigue and wariness of the months ahead.

Her hospital has placed 11 trees in the lobby, one for each employee who has died of Covid-19; they have been adorned with remembrances and gifts from their colleagues.

There is one for Kim King-Smith, 53, the friendly EKG technician, who visited friends of friends or family whenever they ended up in the hospital.

One for Danilo Bolima, 54, the nurse from the Philippines who became a professor and was the head of patient care services.

One for Obinna Chibueze Eke, 42, the Nigerian nursing assistant, who asked friends and family to pray for him when he was hospitalized with Covid-19.

Each day, we remember our fallen colleagues and friends as the heroes who helped keep us going throughout this pandemic and beyond, hospital president and CEO Dr Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. We can never forget their contributions and their collective passion for this community, and each other.

Just outside the building, stands a 12th tree. Its going to be for whoever else we lose in this battle, Beniquez said.

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18-year-old Illinois woman with no prior health conditions dies of COVID-19 – WFLA

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by: Brnagh Tumulty and WGN Web Desk

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (WGN) The mother of an 18-year-old woman who died of COVID-19 is speaking out, urging anyone who believes the virus is a hoax to think again.

Sarah Simental had abided by the guidelines, socially distanced, and had done everything right, yet still contracted the virus. Less than two weeks later, it took her life.

Simental had just turned 18 last month, and she was a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

Her family describes Sarah as a free spirit with a big heart, and someone whose life centered on her family, her friends, and her best buddy Bailey.

Less than two weeks ago, Simental developed a headache, before developing a sore throat and some congestion.

Following a positive COVID-19 test, Simentals condition quickly worsened.

It just continued and I took her to the ER early on the 23rd, Simentals mother said.

Christmas Day, Sarah was flown from Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox to University of Chicago Hospital.

24 hours later, Simental passed away from the virus.

Her parents, suited up in protective gear, were able to sit with her as she took her last breath.

We had all the gear on, N95s and gowns, but they did allow us to go into the room so I could hold her hand and tell her it was okay, Simentals mother said.

As many head into New Years celebrations, the Simental family hopes others dont let their guard down for the sake of having a good time.

People need to remember that theres going to be another Christmas, theres going to be another New Year, but my daughter doesnt get to have those anymore and we dont get to celebrate those with her anymore, Simentals mother said.

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Black Women’s Groups Find Health And Healing On Hikes, But Sometimes Racism, Too – NPR

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Members of Vibe Tribe Adventures, an organization founded in Colorado to encourage Black women to participate in outdoor excursions, hike through Bear Creek Regional Park on Oct. 24 in Colorado Springs. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

Members of Vibe Tribe Adventures, an organization founded in Colorado to encourage Black women to participate in outdoor excursions, hike through Bear Creek Regional Park on Oct. 24 in Colorado Springs.

It would be the last hike of the season, Jessica Newton posted on her social media platforms. With mild weather forecast and Colorado's breathtaking fall foliage as a backdrop, she was excited convinced an excursion at Beaver Ranch Park would be the quintessential way to close out months of warm-weather hikes with her "sister friends."

Still, when that Sunday morning arrived in 2018, Newton was shocked when her usual crew of about 15 had mushroomed to include about 70 Black women. There's a first time for everything, she thought as they broke into smaller groups and headed toward the nature trail. What a sight they were, she recalls, as the women in sneakers and hiking boots, a virtual sea of colorful headwraps, flowy braids and dreadlocks, poufy twists and long, flowy locks trekked peacefully across the craggy terrain in the crisp mountain air.

It. Was. Perfect. Exactly what Newton had envisioned when in 2017 she founded Black Girls Hike to connect with other Black women who share her affinity for outdoor activities. She also wanted to recruit others who had yet to experience the serenity of spending time with friends in nature, which she fell for as a child attending an affluent, predominately white private school.

Jessica Newton, who formed Vibe Tribe Adventures to encourage other Black women to enjoy the outdoors, listens during a first aid class at Bear Creek Regional Park. Her group offers Black women opportunities to try snowshoeing, fly-fishing, zip-lining and kayaking, as well as hikes. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

Jessica Newton, who formed Vibe Tribe Adventures to encourage other Black women to enjoy the outdoors, listens during a first aid class at Bear Creek Regional Park. Her group offers Black women opportunities to try snowshoeing, fly-fishing, zip-lining and kayaking, as well as hikes.

(Left) Joy Eloi, 14, and Jan Garduno (right) practice compressions on a CPR training mannequin during the first-aid class for hikers. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

(Left) Joy Eloi, 14, and Jan Garduno (right) practice compressions on a CPR training mannequin during the first-aid class for hikers.

But their peaceful exploration of nature and casual chatter about everything from food and family to hair care and child care was abruptly interrupted, she says, by the ugly face of racism.

"We had the sheriff called on us, park rangers called on us," recalls Newton, now 37, who owns a construction industry project development firm in Denver.

"This lady who was horseback riding was upset that we were hiking on her trail. She said that we'd spooked her horse," she says of a woman in a group of white horseback riders they encountered. "It just didn't make any sense. I felt like, it's a horse and you have an entire mountain that you can trot through, run through, gallop through or whatever. She was just upset that we were in her space."

Eventually, two Jefferson County sheriff's deputies, with guns on their hips, approached, asking, "What's going on here?" They had been contacted by rangers who'd received complaints about a large group of Black women being followed by camera drones in the park; the drones belonged to a national television news crew shooting a feature on the group. (The segment aired weeks later, but footage of the confrontation wasn't included.)

"'Move that mob!'" attendee Portia Prescott recalls one of the horseback riders barking.

"Why is it that a group of Black women hiking on a trail on a Sunday afternoon in Colorado is considered a 'mob?' " Prescott asks.

(Left to right) Theresa Odello, Jessica Newton, Jan Garduno, Ashanta Cyprian, Joy Eloi and Jewyl Newton follow Lynn Wilson on a hike in a Colorado Springs park. Studies show "if you are outdoors for at least five minutes, it literally brings your stress level down significantly," says Newton. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

(Left to right) Theresa Odello, Jessica Newton, Jan Garduno, Ashanta Cyprian, Joy Eloi and Jewyl Newton follow Lynn Wilson on a hike in a Colorado Springs park. Studies show "if you are outdoors for at least five minutes, it literally brings your stress level down significantly," says Newton.

A man soon arrived who identified himself as the husband of one of the white women on horseback and the manager of the park, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office incident report, and began arguing with the television producers in what one deputy described in the report as a "hostile" manner.

The leader of the horseback tour told the deputies that noise from the large group and the drones startled the horses and that when she complained to the news crew, they told her to deal with it herself, the written report said. The news crew told deputies that the group members felt insulted by the horseback riders use of the term "mob." The woman leading the horseback riders, identified in the incident report as Marie Elliott, said that she did not remember calling the group a mob, but she told the officers she "would have said the same thing if the group had been a large group of Girl Scouts."

In the end, Newton and her fellow hikers were warned for failing to secure a permit for their group. Newton says she regrets putting members in a distressing and potentially life-threatening situation by unknowingly breaking a park rule. However, she suspects that a similarly sized hiking group of white women would not have been confronted so aggressively.

"You should be excited that we are bringing more people to use your parks," added Newton. "Instead, we got slammed with [threats of] violations and 'Who are you?' and 'Please, get your people and get out of here.' It's just crazy."

Mike Taplin, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, confirms that no citations were issued. The deputies "positively engaged with everyone, with the goal of preserving the peace," he says.

Newton says the "frustrating" incident has reminded her why her group, which she revamped and renamed Vibe Tribe Adventures last year, is so needed in the white-dominated outdoor enthusiasts' arena.

Jan Garduno says becoming a member of Vibe Tribe has offered the camaraderie and safety that comes with hiking in a group. Another benefit, she says, is that she's lost about 40 pounds, and has been able to keep the weight off. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

Jan Garduno says becoming a member of Vibe Tribe has offered the camaraderie and safety that comes with hiking in a group. Another benefit, she says, is that she's lost about 40 pounds, and has been able to keep the weight off.

With the tagline "Find your tribe," the group aims to create a sisterhood for Black women "on the trails, on waterways and in our local communities across the globe." This summer, she secured nonprofit status and expanded Vibe Tribe's focus, adding snowshoeing, fly-fishing, zip lining and kayaking to its roster. Today, the Denver-based group has 11 chapters across the U.S. (even Guam) and Canada, with about 2,100 members.

Research suggests her work is needed. The most recent National Park Service survey found that 6% of visitors are Black, compared with 77% white. Newton says that must change especially given the opportunities parks provide and the health challenges that disproportionately plague Black women. Research shows they experience higher rates of chronic preventable health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. A 2020 study of more than 17,000 women found that racial discrimination also may increase stress, lead to health problems and reduce cognitive functioning in Black women. Newton says those findings underscore the need for stress-relieving activities, and the power of nature to deliver.

"It's been studied at several colleges that if you are outdoors for at least five minutes, it literally brings your stress level down significantly," says Newton. "Being around nature, it's like grounding yourself. That is vital."

Bear Creek Regional Park recreation coordinator Theresa Odello points out different types of plants to members of Vibe Tribe Adventures. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

Bear Creek Regional Park recreation coordinator Theresa Odello points out different types of plants to members of Vibe Tribe Adventures.

Newton says participation in her group generally tapers off in winter. She is hopeful, though, that cabin fever from the pandemic will inspire more Black women to try winter activities.

Atlanta member Stormy Bradley, 49, says the group has added value to her life. "I am a happier and healthier person because I get to do what I love," said the sixth grade teacher. "The most surprising thing is the sisterhood we experience on and off the trails."

Patricia Cameron, a Black woman living in Colorado Springs, drew headlines this summer when she hiked 486 miles from Denver to Durango and blogged about her experience to draw attention to diversity in the outdoors. She founded the Colorado nonprofit Blackpackers in 2019.

"One thing I caught people saying a lot of is 'Well, nature is free' and 'nature isn't racist' and there's two things wrong with that," says Cameron, a 37-year-old mother of a preteen.

"Nature and outside can be free, yes, but what about transportation? How do you get to certain outdoor environments? Do you have the gear to enjoy the outdoors, especially in Colorado, where we're very gear conscious and very label conscious?" she asks. "Nature isn't going to call me the N-word, but the people outside might."

Cameron applauds Newton's efforts and those of other groups nationwide, like Nature Gurlz, Outdoor Afro, Diversify Outdoors, Black Outdoors, Soul Trak Outdoors, Melanin Base Camp and Black Girls Run, that have a similar mission. Cameron says it also was encouraging that the Outdoor Industry Association, a trade group, pledged in the wake of the racial unrest sparked by George Floyd's death to help address a "long history of systemic racism and injustice" in the outdoors.

(Left to right) Jessica Newton, her 16-year-old cousin Jewyl Newton, and her 14-year-old daughter Joy Eloi, pause to take a selfie mid-hike. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

(Left to right) Jessica Newton, her 16-year-old cousin Jewyl Newton, and her 14-year-old daughter Joy Eloi, pause to take a selfie mid-hike.

Vibe Tribe Adventures is one of many groups nationwide seeking to address barriers that often keep Black women from exploring outdoor activities. Kevin Mohatt for KHN hide caption

Vibe Tribe Adventures is one of many groups nationwide seeking to address barriers that often keep Black women from exploring outdoor activities.

Efforts to draw more Black people, especially women, outdoors, Cameron says, must include addressing barriers, like cost. For example, Blackpackers provides a "gear locker" to help members use pricey outdoor gear free or at discounted rates. She has also partnered with businesses and organizations that subsidize and sponsor outdoor excursions. During the pandemic, Vibe Tribe has waived all membership fees through January.

Cameron says she dreams of a day when Black people are free from the pressures of carrying the nation's racial baggage when participating in outdoor activities.

Vibe Tribe member and longtime outdoor enthusiast Jan Garduno, 52, of Aurora, Colorado, agreed that fear and safety are pressing concerns. For example, leading up to the presidential election she changed out of her "Let My People Vote" T-shirt before heading out on a solo walk for fear of how other hikers might react.

Groups like Vibe Tribe, she says, provide camaraderie and an increased sense of safety. And another plus? The health benefits can also be transformative.

"I've been able to lose about 40 pounds and I've kept it off," says Garduno.

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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