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Most Members Are Just Big Kids – So Let ‘Em Play!

Have you ever been watching a sporting event and routing on your favorite team when suddenly the officials and the officiating become the story? Bad calls, missed fouls or penalties. It can be extremely frustrating to us as fans. We usually find ourselves screaming at the TV (like they can hear us) “Come on! Just let ‘em play!”

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I know you have been there. Any sports fan has been. But when it comes to the health and fitness industry, we are really starting to become the officials that everyone is screaming at. Think about it: we are trying More >

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Interactive Fitness Equipment

The word “Interactive” in the fitness industry has become so common that it could mean something as simple as walking on a treadmill and watching ESPN or a movie. True Interactive Fitness Equipment is much more. It is computer game technology to motivate, engage participation, and measure results, so that fitness training becomes a fun and entertaining experience.

What are the Benefits of Interactive Fitness Equipment?

Whether you are a school, park district / recreation center, YMCA, a private health club, or sports performance center, interactive fitness has a place sitting alongside conventional equipment. The reason for this is simple – interactive More >

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Case Study on Exergaming for Kids with Behavioral Issues – Preliminary Report

By Dan Lawler, Ph.D.

In schools today students who engage in antisocial behaviors are a real challenge for teachers and administrators.  Too often these behaviors diminish a student’s ability to learn and often interrupt the education of others.  Many times teachers and schools apply restrictions to privileges, more seat time, anger management strategies, and suspensions as a remedy for these behaviors.  A few months ago I assisted a middle school with initiating an alternative to these traditional approaches for serving kids with a history of emotional, behavioral, and compliance issues.  The strategy was based on recent research showing that targeted exercise and More >

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North Crawford School District Gets Their Group Dance Class On

North Crawford School District Gets Their Group Dance Class On

North Crawford School District in Wisconsin gets students moving in physical education classes with Exergaming.  Exergaming, or interactive gaming as some would call it, is technology, gamification, and fitness combined.   It is a better way to educate the importance of fitness because it makes the fitness experience fun, and keeps children engaged.  They have been playing videogames all their life, so shifting sedentary screen time into active game play, and reinforcing that within schools teaches the importance of activity and movement in health and wellness.

It is difficult for many school districts More >

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New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference

Yesterday marked the first day for the 75th annual New York State AHPERD conference. The NYS AHPERD event, which is an acronym for the Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, spans across four days and draws hundreds of physical education professionals from all across the state. The conference is designed to educate PE professionals with new models and methods of fitness to implement into their respective schools. As the world begins to turn their attention to the issues of obesity, innovation is occurring at the very same time. Innovation in the fitness industry will help tackle the problem. More >

7 Minutes of Physical Activity

7 minutes a day is all it takes, according to a new study published by University of Alberta medical researchers.   Children at a minimum need seven whole minutes of vigorous physical activity each and every day in order to stay healthy and fit.

With a sample size of over 600 children, researchers attached physical activity trackers to each child for a period of 7 days.  Monitoring activity, weight, and blood pressure, researchers found that 70% of the day children were in a sedentary state of physical activity.  23% of the day the children were in a period of light physical activity, More >

7 minutes a day is all it takes, according to a new study published by University of Alberta medical researchers.   Children at a minimum need seven whole minutes of vigorous physical activity each and every day in order to stay healthy and fit.

With a sample size of over 600 children, researchers attached physical activity trackers to each child for a period of 7 days.  Monitoring activity, weight, and blood pressure, researchers found that 70% of the day children were in a sedentary state of physical activity.  23% of the day the children were in a period of light physical More >