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We must all continue to innovate, improve, learn and develop.

We must all continue to innovate, improve, learn and develop.

Posted on: 23 November 2017

With the Active Training Conference and Awards under one week away, excitement is gathering. It’s always a privilege and honour to celebrate the best in our business and inspirational to meet the finalists at the Awards.

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An encouraging and supportive environment is crucial to encourage people to exercise

An encouraging and supportive environment is crucial to encourage people to exercise

Posted on: 22 November 2017

MINDBODY recently commissioned research that gave some fascinating insights into how and why people exercise or – perhaps more interestingly – don’t exercise.

The most alarming fact to come out of the research was probably that a quarter of adults (25%) surveyed said they never exercise at all or – if they do – it’s less than once a month.  (‘Exercise’ here being defined as the equivalent of just ten minutes brisk walking per day).

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Shaping the future of fitness education

Shaping the future of fitness education

Posted on: 14 November 2017

YMCA Awards is a leading brand in the fitness sector, having had years of delivering quality educational products. Our success is based not only on the partnerships and relationships we form, but most of all, on our ability to listen and bring about real change. By now you will likely have heard the news that fitness education is going through a period of change, but what you might not know is to what extent and why.

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Why pool-based fitness is the next big trend

Why pool-based fitness is the next big trend

Posted on: 06 November 2017

In recent years, there has been a tremendous uptake in water-based fitness like triathlon, stand-up paddle boarding, water polo or even pool-based yoga. However, many pools are underused and offer little innovation missing a major opportunity to capitalise on this trend. For the most part, pools are still offering the basics: aqua aerobics, lessons and lane swimming.  Because pools are often the most underused and expensive piece of real estate in a gym, ignoring the innovation potential in the pool is a missed opportunity.

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Congratulations to all Active Training Awards Finalists!

Congratulations to all Active Training Awards Finalists!

Posted on: 26 October 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

Active IQ is committed to ensuring world-class standards for workforce development in the sector, and the Active Training Awards is the pinnacle event to demonstrate best practice across all areas of learning and development. Congratulations to all the worthy finalists within each category, which clearly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of education opportunities available within the physical activity sector, whether offered by employers, training providers or suppliers. Each organisation that entered the awards process is clearly passionate about their team and the great work they do.

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How popular culture influences us to be more active

How popular culture influences us to be more active

Posted on: 26 October 2017 by Emma Giaretto Email: Emma Giaretto

Last month, Strictly Come Dancing returned on BBC1 for its 15th edition to the delight of the nation. The show features British celebrities – actors, singers, athletes, cooks, comedians – from all walks of life who pair up with professional dance partners to compete in a ballroom and Latin dance competition.

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Moving more, ageing well: how can physical activity help solve the social care crisis?

Moving more, ageing well: how can physical activity help solve the social care crisis?

Posted on: 25 October 2017 by Jon Hulks Email: Jon Hulks Twitter LinkedIn

The average life expectancy in the UK is now higher than it’s ever been.  As a consequence, living and ageing well has never been more important – not only for our own health and wellbeing, to maintain good health and independence as we age, but also to minimise our impact on an already stretched NHS and social care system.

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Letting employees take the lead on workplace wellness

Letting employees take the lead on workplace wellness

Posted on: 23 October 2017 by Kudzai Tamuka Email: Kudzai Tamuka

We are in the grips of a crisis of inactive employment. Sedentary working lifestyles cause a range of both physical and mental ailments, yet workers spend on average a third of their day sitting at their desk. This lack of physical activity at work can lead to employees that are less productive and more likely to be ill, having a harmful economic impact on the companies that employ them and negative impacts on workers long time wellbeing.

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Tackling inactivity: is it time to look abroad?

Tackling inactivity: is it time to look abroad?

Posted on: 20 October 2017 by Luke Holland Email: Luke Holland

A quick glance of physical inactivity headlines makes for grim reading in Britain - when it comes to sedentary living, we are very much a world leader. The first two articles I found on Google read - ‘British children are among the least active in the world’ and ’The UK has the third most inactive population in Europe.’

It’s not hard to see why. Modern life has stripped activity out of our lives. Britons have been among the first to embrace technological developments that have made our lives much easier, but also mean we barely need to leave the sofa to have our needs met. Hungry? There’s an app for that. Bored? Stick on Netflix. Need to get some groceries? Tesco will deliver them.

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Building the case for an active nation

Building the case for an active nation

Posted on: 19 October 2017 by Jak Phillips

“You can’t outrun a bad diet.” That’s what they say isn’t it? Since time began, or at least since Dr Aseem Malhotra acquired a Twitter feed, our sector has often been demeaned and dismissed by this glib platitude.

As a communications professional myself, I can doff my cap and appreciate a great line, but it’s certainly not a blueprint for an effective health strategy. This is an argument which has been regularly trotted out by academics to diminish the power of exercise and to frame public health debate around their focus on obesity.

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Setting the benchmark: wellness hubs

Setting the benchmark: wellness hubs

Posted on: 18 October 2017 by Jade Hall Email: Jade Hall

At ukactive’s 2016 National Summit, ukactive’s Chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, called for the Government’s Industrial Strategy to lead a £1bn regeneration scheme to transform the UK’s ageing fleet of leisure centres into new community wellness hubs. These wellness hubs combine swimming pools, gyms and sports halls with GP drop-in centres, libraries and police services, to create a one-stop-shop for public services.

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World Mental Health Day 2017: Time to Focus on an Active Future

World Mental Health Day 2017: Time to Focus on an Active Future

Posted on: 10 October 2017 by Jack Shakespeare Email: Jack Shakespeare

The health of children and young people in the UK is falling behind that of many other European countries, with today’s young people the least active generation ever. This is having a serious knock-on effect in terms of mental health issues. Mental health problems affect approximately one in 10 children and young people; this includes anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

The importance of this agenda is why we – not-for-profit health body ukactive and leading young people’s charity The Mix – are working together and make this joint call to all political parties to pledge greater focus on both the physical and mental wellbeing of our young people. It’s time to stop playing politics with the health of our nation’s children.

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How Sport & Physical Activity Turned My Life Around

How Sport & Physical Activity Turned My Life Around

Posted on: 29 September 2017

 

By Paralympic GB Athlete David Smith MBE

There is no doubt that physical activity has played a crucial role in my survival. After having three tumours and strokes, it has given me the strength to deal with some of the toughest fights I've ever had to face. Being involved in sport has given me opportunities beyond my wildest dreams.

 

 

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What Fitness Means to Me

What Fitness Means to Me

Posted on: 29 September 2017

By Participation Director at the Lawn Tennis Association, Alastair Marks 

Sport is an important part of my family life, work life and it encompasses all of my time in a really positive way. At the weekend I coach my children’s local football team, which gives me a huge sense of enjoyment and pride. 

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We look forward to continuing to work closely with CIMSPA

We look forward to continuing to work closely with CIMSPA

Posted on: 28 September 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

The recent news regarding Sport England’s funding support for CIMSPA is very positive and encouraging. CIMSPA has worked closely with its partners to develop a professional workforce strategy that provides clear career pathways for individuals to enter and progress within the physical activity sector and this funding commitment provides a significant opportunity for the chartered institute to gain momentum and further develop this essential activity.

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Get Yourself Active this European Week of Sport!

Get Yourself Active this European Week of Sport!

Posted on: 27 September 2017

By Disability Rights UK Project Manager Leanne Wightman 

Under 18% of disabled people are active compared to just under 40% of their non-disabled peers, so what stops people? Disabled people have told us that the main barrier to getting active is around knowledge. Not only knowledge of what activities are available in the local area but also whether they will be welcomed and supported by the people running the activity and other participants.

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Activity: a prescription for loneliness

Activity: a prescription for loneliness

Posted on: 07 September 2017 by Georgia Seabrook Email: Georgia Seabrook

To some, the events on 31st July at Hadleigh Park may have been a strange sight to behold; there were older adults taking part in egg and spoon races, team relays with some precarious bean bag balancing, and a few teary-eyed speeches. For the Let’s Get Moving participants involved, the party was a bittersweet farewell to a group that has given rise to far more than they could’ve expected.

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We are proud to be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards

We are proud to be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards

Posted on: 25 August 2017

We are proud to once again be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards. These awards were established to recognise and champion training and development opportunities provided by employers, training providers, suppliers and teams within the physical activity sector. 

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Are we doing enough to maximise revenue from the pool?

Are we doing enough to maximise revenue from the pool?

Posted on: 24 August 2017

When you’re in the business of fitness, you’ll know there are ebbs and flows when it comes to revenue. Many traditional exercise formats have marched on, changing with the times, trends and technologies. However, there is one revenue stream that is often overlooked – the swimming pool. The way in which water has been used to generate revenue has – until recently – remained largely unchanged. For this reason, many operators are not yet aware of the possibilities.

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Government needs to take physical activity seriously

Government needs to take physical activity seriously

Posted on: 21 August 2017 by Huw Edwards Email: Huw Edwards

Just before the General Election in June, Sky Sport News did a very effective investigation into the big sporting issues that were being debated, asking whether the political parties really cared about the agenda. Alongside a number of views from the general public that focused on the importance of physical activity amongst children and young people, there were a couple of vox pops from seasoned Westminster parliamentarians who commented that “it’s very difficult for sport to get a look in when you’ve got big issues such as the future the of the NHS, social care crisis, youth crime, mental health.”  Such a statement reinforced – for many – the fact that sport and physical activity remains placed in a box in Westminster entitled ‘DCMS’ from which it shouldn’t stray and look to influence other issues which aren’t its business. The grown up stuff.

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