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Survey reveals worst gym pet peeves

- March 9th, 2012

A survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine shows what annoys gym-goers most.

Here’s the press release:

FitnessMagUnfortunately, there’s no Emily Post for Gym Etiquette, so it’s no surprise 88% of gym-goers polled for a new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine said they are steamed over bad behavior at the gym.

Forty-four percent of men and women agree that the biggest gym annoyance is people not wiping down machines when they are done using them.

The exclusive survey asked 2,000 women and men to reveal what bothers them most about “sweatiquette” at the gym.

The results appear in the March 2012 issue of FITNESS, on stands now and online at Yahoo! Shine, the leading site for women’s lifestyle content.

Highlights from the findings are below.

Biggest Gym Pet Peeves:

• People who don’t wipe down the machines — 44%

• People who talk loudly on their cell phones — 40%

• People who hog a machine — 32%

• Show-offs who walk around the locker room naked — 22%

• Getting hit on — 13%

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Half of adult Albertans active enough to boost health

- January 12th, 2011

1604098So roughly half of all adult Albertans are physically active enough to derive health benefits, according to a report.

But what about the other half?

Here’s the press release from the Alberta Centre for Active Living:

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, January 10, 2011 — The 2011 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity reports that 54% of adult Albertans are physically active enough to receive health benefits. This is down from 58.5% in 2009.

Dr. John Spence, a co-author of the survey and senior research associate at the Alberta Centre for Active Living, said: “Although the decrease in activity since 2009 is not statistically significant on its own, there is a downward trend over the last four years. The downward trend is not unique to Alberta; it’s also happening across Canada.”

Among other findings the survey also found that:

• 75% of Albertans would use a provincial adult fitness tax credit if one was available; with higher-income Albertans more likely to use the fitness tax credit than lower income Albertans.

• Albertans achieve a moderate amount of physical activity by walking. They do most of their walking during leisure time, followed by walking while at work, and then by walking as a form of transportation.

Dr. Tanya Berry, a survey co-author and a research associate at the Alberta Centre for Active Living said: “More Albertans need to be more physically active on a regular basis, especially in the face of current chronic disease statistics, and today’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles.”

Berry added: “Physical activity has considerable positive impact on a person’s health and quality of life. Even going for a half-hour walk on most days can make a difference for most people.”

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Half of us plan to spend more on fitness: poll

- January 12th, 2011

CanadianMoneyThe perennially popular New Year’s resolutions of “exercising more” and “losing weight” remain in the Top 5, according to a U.S. credit-card poll.

What’s different this year, however, is that 47% of consumers plan to spend more on health and fitness in 2011.

And 28% of consumers starting the year with a specific savings strategy say they would sacrifice a portion of their savings to achieve their goal weight.

That’s according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.

The survey also found:

• Consumers plan to spend an average of $131 per month in 2011 for a gym membership, with young professionals* (65%) more likely than the general population (28%) to have a health and wellness spending plan

• Other top areas for fitness spending include fitness equipment and personal trainers, with consumers expecting to spend an average of $127 per month on each.

• Fitness-related video games see the largest increase in spending in 2011. Over half of consumers say they will increase their spending on fitness-related video games as well as fitness equipment and a personal trainer

* Young professional – defined as less than 30 years of age, having a college degree, and a minimum annual household income of $50,000.

American Express Spending & Saving Tracker research was completed online among a random sample of 2,025 consumers aged 18+. Interviewing was conducted by Echo Research between December 10 and December 15, 2010. Overall, the results have a margin of error of +/- 2.2percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. For access to previous American Express Spending & Saving Tracker results, please visit www.americanexpress.com.