Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA 

There is a saying that goes something like “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing itself stupid.” It resonates with so many because we know every person has different talents, experiences, preferences, and abilities, and not all can be judged by the same measure.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA 

The title question was addressed during IHRSA’s first twitter chat last week. During the chat, we discussed some of the barriers that keep people from making exercise a regular habit, some of the things society is doing right –and wrong – to help create a more active culture, and how health clubs specifically could help make their communities more active.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

Last week, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that twice as many early deaths may be caused by physical inactivity rather than from obesity. There is some bad news in terms of our physical activity habits as a nation, with just 5% of US adults and a third of US kids active on a daily basis according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA Today, as I was perusing Twitter to find inspiration for this week’s blog post, I came across an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Sherry Pagoto on the real reason we don’t exercise. According to Pagoto, the reason is that we avoid being uncomfortable in an increasingly comfortable world (at least in the US).…

Written by IHRSA

When it comes to promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Americans, we need to stop thinking in terms of “awareness.” Polls indicate that Americans have heard the message. And in a culture that feeds on controversy, the notion that exercise is good for health remains one of the last points of consensus, at least in broad strokes.…