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Dec 31

5 tips to get your fitness back on track in 2021 –

Life Time's Lindsay Ogden recommends easing back into a routine with consistency and accountability.

We all know that 2020 has been a challenging year on multiple fronts, but turning the page to a new year gives all of us a chance to review, tweak, and renew our health and fitness goals.

"This has been a tough year for a lot of people when it comes to staying in shape," said Lindsay Ogden, personal trainer and Small Group Training Program Experience Manager at Life Time. "Spending more time sitting while working from home or watching the kids has made us more sedentary. Recent studies have shown that theres been a 32% reduction in physical activity this year and another poll says 53% of people have struggled with their mental health due to the pandemic. At Life Time, were firm believers in the power of movement. Exercise can reduce stress, boost your immune system and benefit your mental health right now, which a lot of us need!"

Ogden offered five tips for getting back on track with your fitness goals in the new year:

1. Revisit your goals and determine your why

"If you made a goal at the beginning of the year to lose 15 pounds, why did you want to do that?" Ogden said. "Once you find that why, write it down on a post it note and put it somewhere where youll see it each day for motivation."

"Find a personal trainer or exercise with a friend. This makes it much more likely youll follow through. We find this is very true with our group fitness and small group training offerings at Life Time," Ogden said. "There are also groups and communities online on Facebook, or on apps like Strava."

3. Ease back into your routine

"If youve been out of your health club for weeks or months, you can risk injury if you go straight back into what you were doing," Ogden said. "Do this by focusing on your breathing, form, and control of movements you havent done in a while. If its been several weeks since youve done barbell movements, approach your first session with reduced loads and renewed attention to technique."

4. Let consistency reign over intensity

"Decide how many days per week youre going to exercise, and then do it even if its only 10 to 15 minutes or four to five sets," Ogden said. "Something is better than nothing. Were creatures of habit, so if you can get yourself into the routine first, you can then build the intensity over time."

5. Make one change at a time vs. doing too much at once

"Instead of big and vague goals, aim for something more specific. 'Work out three times a week' or 'meditate for five minutes a day' those are much more helpful and achievable," Ogden said.

Learn more about setting and maintaining fitness goals on Life Time's website.

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Dec 31

Health and Fitness: Exercise is one of the best ways to boost immunity – Albert Lea Tribune – Albert Lea Tribune

Health and Fitness by Mollee Tscholl

Theimmune systemis defined as a complex network of biological structures andprocesseswithin anorganismthat protects it againstdisease.As human beings, having a healthy immune system is critical to our ability to combat illness and fight off diseases. Right now, caught in the middle of a pandemic, in which our bodies are waging war against a brand new adversary COVID-19 the need for strong immune systems is more important than ever. The CDC and MDH continue to promote mask-wearing and social distancing as a means of warring off COVID-19, but while these things help protect us from exposure, they dont help strengthen the immune system. What, then, can we be doing to prepare our bodies to put up a good fight, should the virus or another illness or disease find us and want to do battle?

Mollee Tscholl

Believe it or not, one of the best things we can do is get regular exercise! As a gym owner, trainer and long-time exercise enthusiast, this is perhaps one of the biggest reasons it was hard to stomach Governor Walzs most recent executive order, again, closing down fitness centers in Minnesota, at the start of the winter season no less. Looking specifically at COVID-19, its estimated that 20% to 42% of hospitalized patients will develop Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS); for patients admitted to intensive care, this range increases to 67% to 85%. A recent review, however, by Zhen Yan of the University of Virginia School of Medicine found medical researchfindings to strongly support the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The production of an antioxidant called Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase (EcSoD), which is naturally produced in our muscles, and works by hunting down harmful free radicals, is known to increase with cardiovascular exercise. EcSoD, has been found to be deficient in patients who have not only acute lung disease, but also those who have ischemic heart disease, kidney failure and osteoarthritis. So, in short, regular exercise, can help our bodies fight off or at the least, reduce the severity of COVID-19 and other various illnesses and diseases.

Stress, a common cause of a weakened immune system, is high right now due to all of the changes and restrictions we are facing from this pandemic. The good news is stress can also be combated through exercise! Chemicals called endorphins, which are produced by the body to combat stress and pain, are released into the body during exercise. At the same time, cortisol, the bodys stress hormone, is lowered through exercise. So, remember, during stressful times, exercise can be a game-changer in keeping you physically and mentally strong. Get that sweat on! Move that body!

A few other things you can do to strengthen your immune system are getting an adequate nights sleep, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and/or taking a multi-vitamin, and maintaining social connection with others. So, in a time where social gatherings are discouraged, make those phone calls, schedule those Zoom meetings, write that long put-off letter youve been meaning to send!

We at SNAP Fitness wish you all a happy and healthy 2021, one in which we can soon get back to doing the things and seeing the people we love!

Mollee Tscholl is co-owner of Albert Leas SNAP Fitness and TMJ Elite Fitness.

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Dec 31

Offseason fitness will play a bigger role for Flyers this season | On the Fly – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Hockey in 2020 is a lot different from when the Broad Street Bullies were winning Stanley Cups in the 1970s.

Back then, players used training camp to get in shape after an offseason that wasnt known for conditioning drills unless you count lifting a beer as an arm curl.

Today, there is too much money at stake for players to come into training camp out of shape, especially this season, when teams will have just nine on-ice sessions (starting Jan. 4) before the opener is played.

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When camp sessions start Monday, teams are allowed to have 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goaltenders. During the season, which will begin Jan. 13, rosters can have a maximum of 23 players, and a four- to six-player taxi squad, created because the coronavirus can play havoc with teams.

A maximum of 29 players will travel and practice with the team during the 56-game season.

If you arrive at camp out of shape, theres a good chance you wont be on the 23-man roster.

General manager Chuck Fletcher has casually observed players who have arrived early to skate and work out at the teams Voorhees practice facility.

First thing is you have to hope everybodys put in the time and effort to come to into camp in great shape, he said. If players are behind the eight ball in conditioning, its going to be difficult to get them where you want them to be by the start of the season.

Thats the first part. At this stage, theres not much we can do about that, he added last week. Weve obviously been checking in with players and giving them detailed programs. The ones that Ive seen around here look like theyve put a lot of time and effort in. Well hope for the best in that regard. Well hope that were healthy.

Fitness and medical tests will be held Jan. 3, one day before drills begin.

The most important thing you can do is have as many game-like situations as possible in practice, whether thats scrimmaging or drills, working on the shootout, whatever that may be, Fletcher said. You want to make things as game-like as possible and get as ready as you can be without playing a game.

There will not be any exhibition games, which is why the Flyers will scrimmage at most training-camp sessions.

The fact the Flyers made few offseason moves and have their entire coaching staff back for their second year should help the team make a smooth transition into the season, center Sean Couturier said.

At the same time, I think every team is in the same situation, Couturier said. Its going to be up to each guy to show up to camp in great shape and go from there.

One of the biggest questions that will be answered in training camp: Who will replace retired Matt Niskanen and be Ivan Provorovs partner on the top pairing?

From here, Phil Myers makes the most sense. Hes right-handed, and he has the skills and size to complement Provorov nicely.

That said, its worth noting that Fletcher last week said he liked the chemistry Myers and Travis Sanheim developed on the second pairing last season. Maybe it was an innocent comment. Or maybe in discussions with head coach Alain Vigneault, they are against breaking up the No. 2 duo.

If the second-pairing defenders remain together, that would make Erik Gustafsson and Justin Braun the only defensemen who could be paired with Provorov if Vigneault decides he wants a right-hander on that unit.

These would be my pairings: Provorov-Myers; Sanheim-Gustafsson; and Robert Hagg or Shayne Gostisbehere and Braun.

Tuesday: USA, whose team includes Flyers prospects Cam York and Bobby Brink, vs. the Czech Republic in the World Juniors at 2 p.m. (NHL Network).

Thursday: USA vs. Sweden in the World Juniors at 9:30 p.m. on the NHL Network. Besides Brink and York, Flyers prospect Emil Andrae, a defenseman for Sweden, will compete in this matchup.

Saturday: World Juniors quarterfinals at noon, 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. all on the NHL Network.

Sunday: Flyers fitness and medical testing at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Of particular interest: How center Nolan Patrick fares in his medical exam. He missed all of last season because of a migraine disorder but has been skating in Voorhees and, from all reports, feeling better.

Monday: Flyers open training camp in Voorhees.

Monday: World Juniors semifinals at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., both on NHL Network.

Jan. 5: Championship game of the World Juniors at 9:30 p.m. on the NHL Network.

Jan. 13: Flyers host Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL opener for both teams.

Question: Which Flyer do you think will be the next to win an end-of-the-year trophy like our boy Coots as the Selke winner? Brian Wert, @brianwert13, on Twitter

Answer: Thanks for the question, Brian. I think unflappable Carter Hart will be the next one. He might not win the Vezina Trophy as the NHLs best goalie this season, but I believe there is one in his future. The last Flyer to win the award? Ron Hextall in 1987. Pelle Lindbergh (1985) and Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) were other Flyers goalies who were Vezina winners.

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Dec 31

Echelon Raises $65 Million, Furthering Goal to Put Innovative Connected Fitness Within Reach for More Consumers – PRNewswire

Echelon Fitness has completed a $65 million financing led by Goldman Sachs Growth

"Since our inception we have seen astounding growth in member community, retail partners and product offerings," says Lou Lentine, President and CEO of Echelon Fitness. "We are a connected fitness brand dedicated to changing the category through smart innovation at affordable prices, and with an investment from Goldman Sachs, we can propel our business even further."

In 2019, North Castle Partners, a top private equity firm that works with businesses promoting healthy, active and sustainable living, partnered with Echelon, bringing investment capital and decades of experience in the fitness and health industry. The company's extensive portfolio of prior and current companies includes recognizable and established brands such as Equinox, Barry's, SmartyPants Vitamins, Full Swing Golf,Octane Fitness, Atkins, Naked Juice and more.

"North Castle was excited by the opportunity at Echelon to offer a great product at competitive prices before the global pandemic set-in.We have experienced explosive growth and we are very excited to have Goldman Sachs invest in the business alongside us.We have complementary experience and I'm looking forward to working with the Goldman team." Jon Canarick, Managing Partner of North Castle Partners.

"We are incredibly impressed by what Echelon Fitness was able to accomplish with a very small amount of capital raised to date," said Stephen Kerns, a member of Goldman Sachs' growth equity platform, GS Growth, "and we are excited about their omnichannel and multi-product offering that enables a broader reach to retailers and consumers alike."

Since 2017, Echelon Fitness has brought to market over a dozen innovative connected products, including their fitness apps, Echelon United Membership and Fit App. Their portfolio includes Echelon connected bikes, rowers, fitness mirrors and a treadmill, as well as limited edition products for retail partners like the Echelon Connect Sport Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike. Echelon produces over 30 live classes daily and offers a library ofnearly 5,000 on-demand, led by their team of Echelon trainers streamed to their rapidly growing community of over 100,000 users. Echelon has studios in Chattanooga, TN and Miami, FL with a full schedule of classes.

Echelon has met an accelerated demand curve due to the COVID-19 pandemic with "ready to ship" guarantees on products sitewide.

ABOUT ECHELON FITNESSEchelon Fitness has been revolutionizing at-home connected fitness since debuting its first Connect Bike in 2017. What began as a mission to make healthy living attainable and accessible to all evolved into a line of innovative fitness solutionsas well as a thriving community. Ranging from sophisticated indoor cycling bikes, to touch-screen fitness mirrors and more, every product boasts thoughtful design and state-of-the-art technology, enabling people to exercise how they want, when they want and with who they want. By leveraging The Echelon Fit App and United Membership, members gain access to a variety of live and on-demand classes led by down-to-earth fitness instructors. Members can also use the app to track their performance against Echelon's live leaderboard and overall progress, all while enjoying some healthy competition. For more information, visit Echelon is a truly global connected fitness company with presence in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, UK, Germany, France, Iceland and Australia.

ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS GROWTHFounded in 1869, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (MBD) is the primary center for the firm's long-term principal investing activity. As part of MBD, Goldman Sachs Growth is the dedicated growth equity team within Goldman Sachs, with over 25 years of investing history, over $8 billion of assets under management, and 9 offices globally.

ABOUT NORTH CASTLE PARTNERSNorth Castle Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on investments in consumer driven product and service businesses that promote healthy, active, and sustainable living. North Castle is a hands-on, value-added investor in high-growth, middle-market companies in the (i) fitness, recreation & sports, (ii) nutrition sectors, (iii) consumer health, (iv) beauty & personal care, (v) home & leisure, among others. North Castle partners with management to bring a wide range of strategic and operational capabilities to build world-class companies by unlocking the exponential power of full potential partnerships. North Castle is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. For more information, visit

ABOUT PIPER SANDLERPiper Sandler is a leading investment bank driven to help clients Realize the Power of Partnership. Through a distinct combination of candid counsel, focused expertise and empowered employees, we deliver insight and impact to each and every relationship. Our proven advisory teams combine deep product and sector expertise with ready access to global capital. Founded in 1895, the firm is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the United States and in London, Aberdeen and Hong Kong. Learn more at

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Dec 31

Seeking fitness despite broken elastic and junk in the trunk – Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Experts say that fitness isnt about diet or exercise. It is about health. Our goal should not be a number on the scale or a certain size of jeans. We should seek a body and lifestyle that are healthy.

What experts dont say out loud is that diet and exercise are synonyms for healthy. You cant reach healthy without the D and E words. Life isnt fair, and the bathroom scale doesnt lie. I found this out the other day when I pulled my scale my dusty scale out from under the bathroom sink, climbed aboard and discovered that either the scale was broken or I no longer fit into my jeans. The correct answer was B.

So, it was with great remorse that I crawled kicking and screaming back onto the fitness bandwagon. I gleefully fell off it about a year ago. For the last 12 months Ive let things slide. Its been a great ride, but now its time for me to get back to business the business of health. And that, my friends, includes those two favorite four-letter words: diet and exercise.

In order to exercise, one must have the proper gear. I have gear; I just had a hard time remembering where I put it, since it hadnt been used in over a year. I reached into the far corners of my closet and there right next to a forgotten black leather miniskirt, a pair of zebra-print Zubaz and a fanny pack were my sweatpants. Like my scale, they were a little dusty, and perhaps smelled a bit of mildew from sitting on the shelf for so many months. When I went to put them on, the elastic waist gave a weak crumbling sound as the fibers disintegrated beneath my fingers; it was a waistband that wouldnt snap back into place ever again.

Lucky thing, too, because the pants had shrunk since the last time I wore them. They were much tighter along my backside, and I didnt really need any elastic to hold them in place anyway.

When I exercise, I try not to employ any real calisthenics or moves that actual athletes might attempt. My goal is to get the benefits of exercise without moving too quickly or breaking a sweat. My movement of choice involves walking nothing more. This can be a taxing activity, aerobic, even. Especially if your walk includes inclines or hills. Mine does, so it is very vigorous for a woman with broken elastic in her sweatpants.

The one good thing about exercise is that you only have to think about it once a day. The D word diet is on your mind constantly. That is because eating is one of the most basic and simple pleasures of life. I dont think I could live without eating.

When it comes to food, there are healthy choices and there is junk; hence the term junk food. You know when youve chosen junk because your mouth will be filled with something that tastes good. It may even be a little greasy, creamy or cheesy. In the world of healthy diets, words like greasy, creamy and cheesy all mean one thing: junk.

Fried, frittered, frosted, battered, buttered or breaded are all to be avoided (junk). Anything that crunches and is not a fruit or vegetable is junk. Cheese is not your friend.

Meat should be white, but without any sauce that is white. Most fish is okay as long as it is broiled, boiled, broasted or baked.

Eat as much celery as you want. Chewing it burns more calories than it contains. You must not dip it in peanut butter or ranch sauce, though. Turns it into junk.

The whole diet thing certainly provides its challenges. Junk is rampant in my pantry, and you know what they say about too much junk in the trunk. At this point, I have my fair share.

Health can be pretty daunting. Lots of things (like cheesecake and walking uphill) can get in the way of fitness. But I am determined. I crunch another stalk of naked celery and think about tomorrow. I will not let the inclines get the best of me. Thoughts of chocolate will be banished. I can do this. I will. My sweatpants may be broken, but I am not.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Dont miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Dec 31

Amber Johnston Reveals The Secret To Her Fitness Journey – The List

Johnston's 25-pound weight loss caught many of her fans' eyes. To that end, Johnston let everyone know exactly how she managed it in such a short amount of time by tagging her post"#optaviaworks."She was also quick to point out it definitely wasn't a sponsored post.

Additionally, according to US News &World Reports,Optavia ranked 27th out of 35 diets, as per their panel of experts. However, it came in second for weight loss overall.The magazine further noted that the diet is nutritionally sound and doesn't involve counting carbs, points, or calories, which is what worked for Johnston.

The Optavia diet is strict in general, though, which might prove difficult for certain people to adhere to, as the food is bars and powdered "just-add-water" products.Clearly, Johnston was determined to make a change, and theOptavia Dietsuited her lifestyle. They make their own range of products, similar to WW, which are also reasonably priced, comparatively speaking. Regular exercise is also required, with the main aim of the diet being to make users more confident and comfortable while making healthier choices overall.

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Dec 31

Healthy Living in the New Year in Champaign-Urbana –

Its hard to escape the talk of New Years resolutions related to health, fitness, and weight loss. This is going to be especially true as the calendar page turns from 2020 to 2021. People are eager to update the habits theyve picked up in 2020 with some new ones and move on to a new and exciting year.

The truth is that any year, any time, is a great time to commit to health and wellness goals. We have compiled a list of resources to get you started on your journey to overall wellness through mind and body activities.

Thankfully, here in Champaign-Urbana, as well as surrounding communities such as Savoy, Monticello, Rantoul and Mahomet, we are lucky to have plenty of fitness options for every need. And many of them have special offers for the New Year, from free fitness weeks to free passes and more.

While Illinois is following Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations, it is required that you wear a mask at all times while in a fitness facility. Fitness centers are operating at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. In-person group fitness exercise classes are not happening right now but you may work out on your own in many cases. Reservations are often required to exercise at a fitness facility during COVID-19.

Editors Note: The Y is open for in-person workouts on your own (reservations required) and they could really use your support; now is a great time to consider a membership if you want to experience more of what the Y has to offer than their free workouts.

Where: Champaign and Mahomet

Orange Theory FitnessWhere: South Neil Street in ChampaignWhat: Try your first class for free. Reserve online ahead of time.

Profile by SanfordWhere: Champaign location (near Meijer)What: Meet with a certified Profile coach for free to discuss programming. Schedule it ahead of time here.

KMC ActiveWhere: Kirby Medical Center, MonticelloWhat: Try out the one-mile wellness trail for an outdoor, safe experience. They also have group fitness classes (just not right now). Call 217-762-1520 or email for info.

Planet FitnessWhere: Champaign locationWhat: Click for a free day pass for use anytime.

Crunch FitnessWhere: Champaign location (former Toys R Us location)What: Click for a free day pass for use anytime.

Anytime FitnessWhere:Champaign, Danville locationsWhat: Click for a7-day trial passfor use anytime.

Refinery GymWhere:ChampaignWhat:Follow them on Facebook for any new year promotions they may offer.

Hatha Yoga and FitnessWhere: South Neil Street, ChampaignWhat: Intro Special two weeks for $28


Urbana Park District Free Fitness WeekUrbana Park District will not be offering free fitness weeks while Illinois is in tiers 1-4 of the Restore Illinois plan for COVID-19.

Champaign Public LibraryThe Champaign Public Library typically offers free classes, such as chair yoga and tai chi, but are not running classes at this time due to COVID-19.

Mahomet-Seymour FieldhouseWhere: MahometWhat: The Fieldhouse, which includes an indoor track, is typically open for walkers/joggers on various days each month. Fieldhouse hours have been limited during COVID-19. The Fieldhouse is open only to residents of the Mahomet-Seymour school district. Adult Mahomet-Seymour residents are allowed one guest who may reside outside of the district. Students in junior high and younger must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or by another adult.

U of I Armory and TrackWhere: Champaign, University of Illinois campusWhat: At this time the Armory is closed until further notice. More info HERE.

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Dec 31

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Make wearable fitness tech work for you – Charleston Post Courier

Wearable fitness technology is an important tool that many people use to monitor their activity, track their progress and stay motivated. From activity trackers and heart rate monitors to devices that do both and more, the newest wearables are sophisticated tools for recording your steps per day, distance you run and calories you burn. But using these devices to help you get fit, lose weight or otherwise improve your health requires that you use that information wisely.

This is especially true when it comes to losing weight. Thanks to a host of wearable devices and mobile apps, counting calories has never been easier. This matters because losing weight almost always means reducing the calories that you eat and increasing the calories that you burn. This concept of eat less, move more is the foundation of nearly every effective weight loss program and explains why some diets and exercise programs seem to work better than others, at least for some people.

Modern wearable devices and mobile apps allow you to track your weight, what you eat and your activity fairly accurately. Many apps can measure the intensity of exercise by using the GPS and accelerometer features of your phone itself and some include heart rate to make the estimates even more precise. Using this technology, you can count steps, measure how many miles you walk or run and estimate how many calories you burn.

Other apps can help you track what you eat. Whether you are counting calories or concerned about your protein intake, dietary analysis apps can show you what you are really eating. Most require you to enter the foods you eat and the app calculates calories, nutrients, sugar, salt and water intake based on standard databases. In order to get accurate results, it is important to estimate portion sizes accurately, something that is challenging even for experts. That said, these apps can be useful for tracking what you eat to help you learn about your eating patterns to develop healthier habits or meet specific goals, such as eliminating added sugar from your diet.

Activity trackers and exercise apps are especially popular for improving fitness and promoting weight loss. Both the physical activity that you do throughout the day and dedicated exercise are important for good health, physical fitness and weight control. This technology can help you know what to do, when to do it and how much you did at the end of the day.

While these tools can be helpful, it is important to emphasize the importance of developing healthy habits in order to improve fitness, lose weight or keep it off. A focus on micromanaging steps or calories may cause you to lose sight of the big picture changes you want to make. For example, you should strive to be as active as you can throughout the day, even if you have already met your step or calorie goal.

Keep in mind that there are very few people who fail to meet their fitness or weight loss goal because they didnt have the latest activity tracker or fitness app. Real success comes from making lifestyle changes to incorporate healthy eating and activity habits that you can maintain without constant reminders. While technology can help you make those changes, it does not replace the dedication needed to develop lasting eating and activity habits to promote good health. Finally, make sure to pick the device that meets your needs and your budget, as they can get expensive!

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Dec 31

The Best Fitness Trackers to Help You Get Healthy in 2021 – NBC4 Washington

It's been called "The COVID-19," not referring to the virus but weight gain during the pandemic. If that's happened to you, youre not alone. A recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey found that nearly a third of Americans have packed on some pounds over the past several months.

If it's time for you to get into shape, Consumer Reports recommends the best smartwatches and fitness trackers that can help.

The Apple Watch has long dominated CRs ratings, in part because its easy to pair with the iPhone and has a very accurate heart-rate monitor.

The new Apple Watch Series 6 Steel Case (GPS & Cellular) is no different, but its on the pricey side at $750. For a less expensive option, consider the Apple Watch SE (GPS) for $280, which is near the top of CRs ratings.

Are you an Android person? The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 (GPS) for $400 is a great option, but its also expensive.

If you don't need all those smart features, then a fitness tracker might be a good option to keep track of your step count and heart rate. CRs top-rated fitness tracker is the Garmin Forerunner 235 for $170.

Another option high in the ratings is the Fitbit Charge 3 for $100, which CRs tests found was easy to use with both iPhone and Android.

No matter which brand or type of wearable tech you choose, Consumer Reports has some important advice. A smartwatch or fitness tracker is a lot like a gym membership: Its only helpful if you actually use it.

Just in time for the new year, Apple has launched its new fitness streaming subscription, Apple Fitness Plus. The service is designed for people with an Apple Watch and offers guided workouts on demand that can be streamed across Apple devices.

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Dec 31

Global Fitness Equipment Industry Developments and Assessment 2020-2026 | Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., Brunswick Corporation, Johnson Health Tech…

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The report has covered the key players functioning in the global Fitness Equipment market along with their company profile, basic information like legal name, its market position, historical background competitors by market capitalization/revenue along with contact information. The report highlights restraints, restrictions, drivers, and change that affect the market. The study throws light on current patterns and noteworthy achievements. The report is prepared with a group of graphical representations, tables, and figures which displays a clear picture of the developments of the products and their market performance over the last few years. Moreover, the report sheds light on the growth potential, revenue growth, product range, and pricing factors related to the global Fitness Equipment market. The research analyzes the performance of some of the key players and analysis of major players in the industry, segments, applications, and regions. The report also covers the recent agreements including merger & acquisition, partnership or joint venture, and the latest developments of the manufacturers to sustain in the global competition of the market. The study contains innovative data thatll function as a helpful guide for competitions in this industry. Last, the feasibility of new projects can be evaluated with this report.

Global Fitness Equipment market report categorized the information and data according to the major geographical regions which are expected to impact the industry in the forecast period. The regions covered by the report are: North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.), Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Segmentation by Type: Strength Training Equipment, Cardiovascular Training Equipment, Others

Segmentation by Application: Gym/Health Clubs, Home, Others

The outlook of this report:* The report concentrates on the vital entities associated with the Fitness Equipment market. Industry characteristics, influencing aspects of the worldwide economy and other factors are featured in the report.* For making informed decisions in the businesses, it offers analytical data with strategic planning methodologies.* Researchers throw light on the dynamics of the market such as drivers, restraints, trends, and opportunities.* Market forecasts for a minimum of 9 years of all the mentioned segments, sub segments and the regional markets* Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)* Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations* It offers regional analysis of Fitness Equipment Market along with business profiles of several stakeholders.* Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments* It offers massive data about trending factors that will influence the progress of the Fitness Equipment Market.* Fitness Equipment market report offers you comprehensive analysis on the products of the market and help you to understand the future prospects on various segments.* The report includes latest advancements in the market and future trends that is going to influence the growth of the Fitness Equipment market.

Reasons to Buy this Report:*Industry Size & Forecast: Estimations on the global Fitness Equipment industry size on the basis of value and volume are provided in this part of the report*Study on Key Industry Trends: This section offers deep insights into the prevailing and upcoming Fitness Equipment trends*Segmental Analysis: Here, the report has examined the high-growth segments including product type, application, and end users, taking into account their CAGR, share, and size*Future Prospects: Current Fitness Equipment developments and future opportunities estimated to emerge in the Fitness Equipment industry are looked into in this portion of the study*Geography-wise Analysis: The authors of the report have studied the regions having growth potential to help companies plan their future investmentsStudy on Competitive Landscape: The industry experts have offered thorough information about the strategic tactics adopted by the industry participants to consolidate their position. This assessment will help the players to strategize their activities in future.

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