In the United States, the obesity crisis is unprecedented, and the percent of obese and overweight Americans is like nothing we have seen before. This calls of the question of whose responsibility it is to work to remedy this crisis, and how exactly to do that. The root of the problem is a combination of poor nutrition and the fact that many Americans do not have either the means or the opportunity to exercise regularly. Here are some ways in which the fitness industry can work to remedy the obesity crisis:

Create Private Workout Spaces

Often, it can be deterring…

The fitness industry, as any industry, is prone to change and evolution as the world around it changes. Factors contributing to change include development of consumerism, the increase of dependence on technology, and better understanding and improvement of the field. Here are some examples of how the fitness industry is changing in dynamic and exciting ways:

Live Online Fitness Instruction

Live communication via the internet and video, in particular, is set to have a profound impact on the way that people exercise and take online fitness classes. Now, with the accessibility of Youtube videos, the internet, and the ability to…

Summer heat can be exhausting and not particularly conducive to a good and motivated workout. Not only is it not fun, but in areas of extreme humidity and unceasing heat, it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips on how to combat that heat and have a successful workout while enjoying the fresh air.

Stay hydrated. Not just during your workout, but make sure you are thoroughly hydrated before you even begin. Then, hold yourself accountable to take a few sips every ten minutes to replenish your hydration throughout your exercise.

Staying hydrated, as well, helps maintain proper body…

Striving to overcome obstacles in the fitness world can look a variety of different ways. For some, this is striving to increase the deadlift weight that you have been stuck in for a long time. For others, it is working through the pain of injury recovery to once again be your best and healthiest self. Whatever your personal obstacles are, here a few quotes to help keep you in the right mentality to overcome them.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go…

5 Movies to Watch for Fitness Inspiration (That Aren’t Rocky)

Ali (2001)

Ali traces the story of the boxer, Muhammad Ali, as he changed what boxing meant to America. He challenged way more than the sport, impacting the law, conventions, and society with his genius and athletic dynamo. This movie is both a story of tremendous heart and incredible athleticism and rigor.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Million Dollar Baby–another boxing movie–tells the story of Frankie Dunn, who is a veteran and Los Angeles boxing trainer. …

Here are some short quotes, along with some explanations, that will help you push yourself to grow this summer. They are important to keep in mind not only when working toward fitness, but also when growing as a person.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle” -Napoleon Hill

This quote is important to keep reminding yourself when you are pushing yourself to the limit during a workout. Pain is temporary, and growth comes from it. You will need to struggle and put in effort past your normal comfort zone if you are going to truly grow. If…

As the seasons change from winter to spring, to summer, so comes the opportunity to take our workouts back outside! At last, after running the treadmill like a hamster on a wheel for months you can get some fresh air. There are some things you will want to keep in mind when making the transition- and the following tips are sure to come in handy when you decide to take your running outdoors.

1. Consider buying new shoes
If you’ve been wearing the same shoes on the treadmill all winter, it may be time to get fitted for some new…

Doug Hawxhurst originally published this blog on his company blog, JerseyStrong.com.

One of the easiest, and tastiest ways to get more nutrients in your day is with an at-home smoothie! Smoothies are more like a treat, but can be packed with protein so you can get all the nutrients you need with just a few ingredients and your blender. Mix up seasonal fruits and veggies to make endless flavors so you can fuel your workouts or just your morning with an easy to grab smoothie your taste buds will thank you for. …

Doug Hawxhurst originally published this blog on his website, DougHawxhurst.com.

Regardless of occupation, industry, or career path, negotiation will be necessary at some point for everyone. Whether fighting for a better raise or trying to come to a favorable compromise, it’ll be necessary to convince someone of the validity of your opinion.

Though many shudder at the thought of having to negotiate, the simple truth of it is that general communications skills go a long way. …

Doug Hawxhurst originally published this blog on his website, DougHawxhurst.com

The average modern office is hardly a hotbed of frenzied activity. The ease at which work can be accomplished on a computer leads to an environment in which employees are not particularly active, and with so much time dedicated to career and other life considerations, it can be difficult to find a time to be active and exercise.

However, it is starting to become common knowledge that inactivity can hurt the bottom linein addition to causing issues for employees themselves. In response to these concerns, many companies have explored possible…

Doug Hawxhurst

Doug Hawxhurst is Chief Operating Officer for Jersey Strong. He has 19+ years of experience in the fitness industry. http://doughawxhurst.net

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