Scientists in Sweden have made looks to be a significant breakthrough in the quest to establish exactly how exercise leads to better health and fitness. It’s an accepted principle that exercise helps us attain better levels of fitness and reduce the risk of many .... More>>
London mayor Boris Johnson has finally approved planning permission for Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge.
After planning was approved by both Lambeth Council and Westminster .... More>>
Swimming equipment supplier Zoggs has announced the appointment of renowned endurance athlete Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker as its open water / triathlon swimming ambassador.
Walker hit the headlines earlier this year when he .... More>>
Dubai developer of integrated communities, Emaar Properties, has opened The Burj Club – an exclusive fitness and wellness retreat in Downtown Dubai, adjacent to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
The 6,320sq .... More>>
Leisure Industry Week (LIW) organiser UBM Live has unveiled a new two-day format for the longstanding trade event, part of its ongoing repositioning strategy.
Having seen falling attendances in recent years, UBM teamed up with ukactive to survey more than more than 40,000 industry professionals for their feedback on the show. This information, together with focus .... More>>
Former Virgin Active UK managing director Martin Pugh has joined Casino and bingo entertainment provider The Rank Group as MD of Mecca Bingo. He replaces Mark Jones, who recently left the role to become MD of another Rank division – Grosvenor Casinos.
Pugh is tasked with driving profit growth through the company’s 93 .... More>>
Employers across Europe may be forced to make adjustments to work environments to accommodate overweight employees, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that obesity can constitute a disability within European law.
Intended to protect severely overweight .... More>>
Physical activity sector representative body ukactive has reported a strong set of annual financial figures, with turnover increasing by £2.3m and profits up 123 per cent.
At the organisation’s recent AGM, it was announced that the audited accounts for the year ending 31 March 2014 showed a .... More>>
Prior to its opening scheduled for early 2017, exhibits from the new V&A Dundee Museum of Design are to tour Scotland, visiting 78 venues across the country through 2015.
The travelling gallery will stop at schools, .... More>>
Despite generally being good at helping clients banish excess fat, a surprisingly high number of personal trainers and health professionals have little or no idea of where it actually goes. That is the finding of a new study from the University of New South Wales, which examined the biochemistry of .... More>>
The Football Foundation will distribute a further £1.5m to clubs which are committed to increasing the number of women and members of other under-represented groups playing football in England.
The Growing the Game project will help clubs meet the costs of expanding the range of teams they operate – in order to cater for .... More>>
Andrew Gibson, VP of spa and wellness for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, identified several key factors currently affecting the spa industry during a speech at Spameeting Middle East in Abu Dhabi last week.
During the twelfth .... More>>
The old War Office building in Whitehall, London, has been sold to investment conglomerate Hinduja Group, in partnership with Spanish group Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos, for £300m (US$472m, .... More>>
Hair and beauty apprenticeships that ensure trainees are ‘salon-ready’ when they qualify have been given government approval.
Statistics from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) indicate that in 2013, there were 12,922 apprentices in the UK sector. With this number set to increase over .... More>>
Physical activity may help counter the debilitating physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and delay the associated cognitive impairment, researchers have found.
The Lerner Research Institute .... More>>
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed it will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, with one of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C becoming the official bid city. .... More>>
A physical activity loyalty card (PAL), which rewards users with shopping vouchers, has been launched in Northern Ireland with the aim of combating inactivity.
The scheme has been developed by the .... More>>
Body weight training looks set to be the hottest exercise trend for the health and fitness sector in 2015, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends.
Now in .... More>>
A cuddling shop has opened in Oregon, US, charging US$60 (€48, £38) for an hour of hugging – highlighting the potential for the spa industry to cash in on physical contact.
The shop, called Cuddle .... More>>
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