24 Hour Fitness Celebrates Active Aging Week

24 Hour Fitness Celebrates Active Aging Week

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

24 Hour Fitness[1], a member of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), is proud to announce its support of Active Aging Week (Sept. 23-29) – an annual event sponsored by ICAA that promotes healthy lifestyles among older adults. Marking the second year 24 Hour Fitness has sponsored Active Aging Week, the company invites guests and the millions of Americans who are 50 years old or older to stop by any 24 Hour Fitness club across the country for complimentary workouts from Sept. 23-29.

No matter what your age or fitness level, a simple key to aging well is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, said Randy Drake, senior vice president of fitness and business development, 24 Hour Fitness. Active Aging Week is a great time for us to help older adults focus on overall wellness by welcoming them into our clubs and sharing the resources we offer.

24 Hour Fitness offers a variety of amenities and programs that are great for people of all ages and fitness levels including specialized programs for older adults. The companys partnerships with Silver&Fit and SilverSneakers also support the health and fitness goals of approx. 90,000 24 Hour Fitness members across the country. Both programs provide club access to eligible Medicare Advantage members and group retirees of participating health plans and insurance companies. 24 Hour Fitness also offers exciting group exercise classes at select clubs, including Zumba Gold, SilverSneakers Cardio, SilverSneakers Strength and more – which are specifically designed for the needs of older adults and provide a fun and social experience.

24 Hour Fitness inspires age 50-plus adults to live actively by providing a wide range of fitness opportunities targeted to this group, said Colin Milner, chief executive officer, ICAA. As a member of ICAA and sponsor of Active Aging Week, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to improved physical fitness and function for older adults, which are keys to healthier, more vital aging. We’re thrilled that our work together is helping to ensure people have the opportunities and support they need to live well at any age.

John Gropper, 74-year-old 24 Hour Fitness personal trainer and active aging expert, believes that mobility, weight, flexibility and longevity can all be improved by staying active. Gropper started his fitness career during his retirement after overcoming his own health and fitness struggles. Today, he helps older adults of all fitness levels and abilities to learn how to age actively. His tips to help older adults achieve a healthy lifestyle, include:

  • Start slowly. If you have not been active, start slow and progress. Walking on the treadmill for only 10 minutes or stretching a few minutes each day is an effective and safe way to start a fitness routine. As you gain energy and your body builds stamina, increase your activity levels and make it more challenging. If you have a pre-existing condition that limits physical activity, make sure to see your doctor before starting a new workout regimen.
  • Try something new. New activities are beneficial to your health and can also be enjoyable – especially when done with friends and family. Invite a companion to join you on a nature walk or try a group exercise class together at 24 Hour Fitness. Taking advantage of your time spent with loved ones can be rewarding for both your health and happiness.
  • Stay motivated. Start by focusing on realistic short-term health and fitness goals. Improve your mood and energy levels, reduce stress and avoid goals that can take longer to achieve and deter your motivation.
  • Find a gym that works for you. Finding a gym where you feel comfortable and your individual needs are met can be an important factor in sticking to your fitness goals. Look for a gym with welcoming and helpful staff, knowledgeable personal trainers and easy access to amenities, classes and resources that meet your needs.
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24 Hour Fitness members are encouraged to bring friends, parents and relatives who are 50 years old or older to any 24 Hour Fitness club during Active Aging Week for free workouts. Guests can also stop by for complimentary workouts by downloading a free pass at 24hourfitness.com[2], where they can also find membership information, nearby clubs, group exercise class schedules and more.

About 24 Hour Fitness

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving nearly four million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. Since the first club opened in 1979, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment – 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

Through its support of the United States Olympic Committee and many U.S. National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport, 24 Hour Fitness is one of the largest supporters of amateur athletics in the country and serves as the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. The company is committed to being a good neighbor in its communities via charitable and in-kind donations to groups focused on both helping Americans get healthy and improving youth fitness. The companys national accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, which includes A+ ratings for all club locations across the U.S., demonstrates the organizations ongoing commitment to member satisfaction. Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com[3] for more information and to find the club nearest you.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active agingan approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellnessand provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canadas Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport.

References

  1. ^ 24 Hour Fitness (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ 24hourfitness.com (cts.businesswire.com)
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8 Responses to “24 Hour Fitness Celebrates Active Aging Week”

  1. What Are Some Good Fitness Tips? I have been trying to lose weight for a couple months now and has been stuck at one weight. Do anyone have any fitness tips and also eating tips for me?

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    • HealthNut Reply

      80% of weight loss is diet.
      You can eat a healthy diet and lose weight.
      You can eat a healthy diet and exercise and lose more weight.
      You can exercise and eat a poor diet and not lose and even gain weight.
      A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
      You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
      Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
      First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
      Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
      Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
      Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup. Oatmeal with berries or a bit of fresh honey is also good.
      Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
      Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
      This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion.
      I know it goes against everything you’ve heard but eating lots of the right foods will actually help you lose weight!
      Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don’t look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
      You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
      Last, you need to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep patterns and weight gain. This includes going to bed as close to the same time every night including weekends. Most of us stay up late Friday and Saturday night and it throws us off.
      You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate healthy weight loss.

      I lost 30 pounds in 5 months by spending my money at the grocery and gym and have kept it off for over two years. Less than 3% of people that attempt weight loss lose it and keep it off for two years. It is not easy. It is a lifestyle change.
      Good luck and good health.

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  2. Fitness Tips To Prepare To Join The Army? I want to join the army, and I would like some fitness tips so I can whip my butt into shape. I’m almost 16 right now, and I’m not really in shape. Any advice from people who have any kind of military experience would be great, or if you just know some tips. Thanks!

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    • HealthNut Reply

      Hey man,

      You will need to build mental toughness more than anything, but you will learn that once you join.

      you should start out by doing 200-300 push-ups, 200-300 sit-ups, and 50-100 pull-ups everyday. It does not have to be all at once.

      You will need to get your general fitness levels up. The best way to do that is by doing this

      Jumping jacks-30 seconds
      shuffle splits- 30 seconds
      mountain climbers- 30 seconds
      burpess 30 seconds.

      repeat that 3-4 times. Before joining the army you should be doing that for 30 minutes a day.

      That should help you get started. If you have anymore questions, please ask.

      Good luck.

      Danny lupiani

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  3. Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )

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    • HealthNut Reply

      First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.

      Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.

      Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.

      The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.

      By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.

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  4. I Want To Lose A Few Kilos But Not A Heap, Dieting And Fitness Tips..? I weigh 58 kilos, and I don’t really want to lose too much weight, maybe 5 or 6 kilos, but I mostly just want to tone up. Do you know any dieting/fitness tips? I’m going to the gym 5 times a week, and on the days I’m not there I’m going for a run. Any tips on what to spend my time on at the gym? Thank you x

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    • HealthNut Reply

      Dear Isy,

      One thing you need to understand is that you have to work hard if you want to change the shape of your body. That means a balance of medium-high intensity cardio exercise along with challenging strength training workouts.

      For weight loss, you’ll need to get about 5 cardio workouts each week at a medium-high intensity for at least 30 minutes. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start slow and work your way up but, if you’re in good condition and have no restrictions, challenging yourself with harder workouts is the best way to burn more calories. Interval training is a good choice because studies show you continue to burn calories even after you’ve stopped exercising.

      In addition to your cardio workouts, you’ll need to lift weights for all your muscle groups at least 2 non-consecutive days a week. And, by lifting weights, that means using enough weight that you can ONLY complete the desired number of reps. For example, if you’re doing 12 bicep curls, you need to use enough weight that you can only do 12 bicep curls and not one more. Most people don’t lift enough weight to really challenge their muscles.

      What you need to engage in is a well balanced all rounded diet with considerable physical exertion over a prolonged time period. Food can be broken down into 5 major groups. These groups are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and water. The body needs varying amounts of these types of food so that the adequate amount of nutrients is supplied to the body. A well-balanced diet does not mean an equal amount of each type of food, as our body requires more of some nutrients than others.

      Each type of food plays a significant role in our body but excesses or deficiencies of certain types of food can also harm the body and produce a negative impact on our health.

      It is very important that we know how much of each type of food we are supposed to consume and that we eat in a sensible way. This means eating regular meals at “least” three times a day and drinking plenty of water, but what I would suggest is breaking it down to 5 smaller meals a day and having your last solid meal before 6pm after that you are only allowed to have pure low fat milk a mug or two would be a good idea to cut down on excessive cravings.

      Hope this answers your question.

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