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  1. Research reveals more than 3 million individuals eat takeaway meals twice a week

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    With news that takeaway joints are reaching their highest levels in over two decades, the team at MotivatePT has created an infographic designed to highlight the areas of the UK worst affected by the fast food fandom.

    Due to the current high obesity rates in the UK, this news is closely linked to the known risks of type 2 diabetes, with much being blamed on the need to get food as quickly and conveniently as possible. In the past 18 years, the volume of establishments per 10,000 has soared to 3.8, as well as a 45% increase in the number of takeaway restaurants in the same time period.

    The infographic illustrates cities such Edinburgh, Bury and Leicester, explaining the amount of fast food outlets and giving stark statistics fro

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  2. Kicking Cancer into Submission: new charity campaign exclusively for PTs

    Capitalising on the growing interest in Boxercise as a form of personal fitness, research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has launched a new fundraising campaign, Box 2 Beat Cancer, specifically for the Fitness industry.

    The campaign, which is endorsed by Apprentice finalist and award winning personal trainer - Katie Bulmer-Cooke, will see Personal Trainers and Boxercise instructors invited to become a Box 2 Beat Cancer Event Organiser and plan an event in their local area.

    The events, which are officially endorsed by partners Boxercise, will see participants partake in a gruelling 3 hour class by their Boxercise instructor, to raise much needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Action’s life-saving scientific research.

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  3. Is standing at your desk better than sitting?

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    You may not view your lifestyle as sedentary, however a combination of driving, sitting for periods of time at work or at home as well as sleeping, means that most people are off their feet for up to 21 hours each day.

    A recent study found that the world’s population could increase their life expectancy by two years if they reduce the amount of time spent sitting to less than three hours a day. Also another 1.38 years can be added by reducing television viewing to less than two hours a day. By sitting less you can live up to 3.38 years longer. The health benefits from sitting less are clear to see; those who sit for five or more hours in a working day have an increased risk of up to 34% for having heart failure than those who stand up more. Other risks inclu

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  4. 55% of gym going men reveal they watch what they eat

    Forget fast food and fast living, today’s men are working hard to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

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    According to research from natural supplement company Roar Ambition, 55% of those aged 18 to 24 are now actively watching what they eat in a bid to stay fit. As well as adopting a healthy diet, they’re turning to supplements for help too.

    The survey, which canvassed the views of 500 gym going males, concluded that men’s desire to look good is fuelling this new passion for healthy living. 55% of participants admitted to taking supplements regularly, with another 69% revealing they’d consider taking a natural option in future.

    31% of those surveyed said they hit the gym to help relieve stress, with

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  5. Have you ever taken a gym selfie?

    According to new research from The Gym Group, 38% of people aged 18-29 say they have taken a gym selfie, as social media accelerates an appetite for exercise. 

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    The Gym Group, one of the UK’s fastest growing gym chains, surveyed more than 1000 consumers and a sample of its membership base, to understand how people see fitness as part of their identity. The research emphasised the role that social media plays in getting us motivated about exercise, with more than one in three young Britons (37%) saying they follow health and fitness accounts and half (52%) revealing that posting their own sporting progress, or seeing their friends’ fitness updates (54%) motivates them to keep fit.

    The findings also showed an impressive appet

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  6. Matrix focuses on education with Lifetime link-up

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    Lifetime Training is partnering with Matrix Fitness to deliver its new Education Programme. The aim of the partnership is to provide Matrix customers with quality training and education so their fitness teams can provide an excellent member focused service to help improve client retention.

    Lifetime will provide a suite of REPs accredited courses. These will enable clubs and centres using Matrix equipment to ensure their team of trainers are fully educated in the delivery and execution of all major programmes, providing the best possible service to members and customers.

    With twenty years of experience in training, Matrix customers will benefit from Lifetime&rsq

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  7. AXA PPP healthcare offer better access to digital healthcare

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    AXA PPP healthcare announce the introduction of two new health and wellbeing digital platforms for consumers. Together, they form an integral part of the healthcare company’s bid to play a leading role in shaping the future of the consumer health technology arena. Designed to satisfy people’s desire for greater control of their health and wellbeing and drive to make the most of new technology, the platforms will be freely available to all.

    MyActive+ (www.myactiveplus.com) is an innovative healthcare retail platform providing customers with discounted health technology products, wellbeing services and individually targeted content – all with the intention of making a healthi

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  8. Places for People Leisure continue expansion into budget gym sector

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    Places for People Leisure ventured further into a new area of leisure provision last month, with the opening of their second budget gym in Corby. Following the success of the first Places Gym, a refresh of the Sam Jones gym in Sheffield, the second site that opened in May, has been warmly received by local residents.

    The award winning social enterprise, who partner with numerous local authorities to manage leisure facilities, were keen to branch out into the budget gym sector and offer a more cost effective alternative to bigger gym environments. The new Places Gym in Corby provides members with over 100 stations to accommodate their exercise needs. Top of the range Precor CV equipment, Matrix resistance equipment, Vplates and a free weights area are also available.

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  9. Retention Guru drafted in to support Anytime Fitness

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    Anytime Fitness North America has called in Retention Guru, Dr. Paul Bedford, to help develop the franchise brands digital retention strategy.

    The move will see Dr. Bedford, who is seen as one of the fitness industrys leading authorities on retention, attrition and member experience management, help to create an automated digital approach to membership marketing, which aims to provide consistency of message for the group, allowing owners and managers across the 2,200 franchise clubs in North America to focus on the day to day running of their health clubs.

    The four month project is part of a multi-staged approach and will be aligned

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  10. What are the top 7 dance inspired fitness workouts?

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    Dance fitness classes are more popular than ever, with thousands of people choosing dancing as their way of keeping fit. Dance fitness crazes come and go but the best thing about them is they welcome all levels – so whether you’re a trained dancer or a complete beginner, a dance fitness class is a fun way to work out. DancingClasses.biz has released its top seven dance workouts.

    Without a doubt, the top dance inspired workout class, which is now world famous, is Zumba. The cardio workout with an element of toning fuses many different styles of dance, mainly South American, including salsa, cumbia, merengue, hip hop and reggaeton. It is one of the most popular dance workouts worldwide with an array of merchandise including clothing, DVDs and video games.

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