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Ocala, Florida cardio, strength equipment, strength training, smoothie bar, 24 hour gym, 24/7 gym, personal training, sports performance training, kids club, kids health, sauna, tanning, corporate wellness programs,

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Next Step Fitness is proud to announce its soft opening September 2016. For more questions fill out a contact form or email us directly at Please stay posted as we will keep updating the site on the exact date for the soft opening and for the Grand opening. Please come out and celebrate with us! It's time to make Ocala healthy again.



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Strong companies make strong employees. The benefits of healthy lifestyles can and will impact your company. From boosting morale to increasing productivity to lowering healthcare premiums, a Stronger Company Partnership membership is the perfect way to strengthen your company by supporting your employees to achieve their individual potential through fitness. Knowing the health, fitness & activity levels of your employees will provide you the tools to strengthen your wellness opportunities, strengthen your healthcare program, reward healthy living and foster an environment of care for your entire company. This benefit is endless to the individual and doesn't stop at the end of the workday, it is a benefit you can extend to the whole family.

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Major Consequences of Physical Inactivity

(07/26/2016) by Galen A. Morton, MA and Len Kravitz, PhD on Jul 12, 2016In the fifth century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed, “All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly” (Kokkinos & Myers 2010).Scientists have proved Hippocrates right time and again in recent years. In a review of the latest science, Booth, Roberts & Laye (2012) point to 35 chronic diseases and health conditions (see the sidebar “Combating 35 Health Problems”) that regular exercise and physical activity do much to prevent. Booth and colleagues also indicate that 92% of adolescents and 95% of adults in the U.S. do not meet minimum guidelines for physical activity. This presents countless opportunities for personal trainers and other exercise professionals to make a difference in people’s lives.Franklin (2008) stresses that our ever-growing reliance on technology—including automobiles, elevators, remote controls and energy-saving devices—explains the prevailing lack of physical activity. Franklin also underscores that regular physical activity, not a drug or pill, is the best strategy to combat sedentary death syndrome (SeDS)—chronic, potentially life-threatening disease caused by an inactive lifestyle. Listed below are some consequences for lack of physical activity:Proneness to visceral obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndromeWeaker immune systemLess executive control of the central nervous system; memory declineSarcopenia and loss of strengthReduced skin-wound healingLower oxidative capacityHigher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and anxietyArtery stiffnessHigher risk of breast, endometrial and colon cancerElevated risk of osteoporosisLoss of coordination and balance (higher risk of fracture/falls)Decreased function of joints, ligaments and tendonsElevated risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral artery diseaseHypertension, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol, low HDL (good) cholesterolIncreased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver diseaseTo read more about how physical activity can reduce the risk of nearly three dozen harmful conditions and life-threatening diseases, please see "35 Ailments, One Prescription: MOVE!" in the online IDEA Library or in the February 2016 print issue of IDEA Fitness Journal. If you cannot access the full article and would like to, please contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team at (800) 999-4332, ext. 7.ReferencesBooth, F.W., Roberts, C.K., & Laye, M.J. 2012. Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. Comprehensive Physiology, 2 (2), 1143–1211.Franklin, B.A. 2008. Physical activity to combat chronic diseases and escalating health care costs: The unfilled prescription. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 7 (3), 122–25.Kokkinos, P., & Myers, J. 2010. Exercise and physical activity: Clinical outcomes and applications.Circulation, 122 (16), 1637–48.

Cycling May Help Lower Risk For Type 2...

(07/14/2016) Riding a bike to work or cycling for fun could help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers say it is not too late to pick up the habit.  (Joel Henner | Flickr )A two-wheel ride instead of four could help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among adults, a new study in Denmark revealed.People who rode a bike to work or cycled just for fun were less likely to get the illness, researchers found. This was true even for those who only began habitual cycling later in life.Routine CyclingThe cohort study, which was led by Martin Rasmussen from the University of Southern Denmark, involved about 24,000 males and 27,000 females from Denmark who were recruited at the age of 50 to 65 years old.Researchers examined the link between the study participants' self-reported commuter and recreational cycling habits and their type 2 diabetes incidence, which was already measured in the Danish National Diabetes Registry.In the end, Rasmussen and his team found that participants who biked habitually had lesser chances of developing type 2 diabetes.The more time these participants spent cycling, the lower their risk for the disease, researchers said.After five years, the biking habits of participants were re-evaluated. Those who began riding a bike on a regular basis faced a 20 percent reduced risk for type 2 diabetes than participants who did not practice it.Rasmussen and his colleagues took into account other factors that could have influenced participants' diabetes risk, including diet, waist circumference, history of smoking, alcohol consumption and other forms of exercise.They acknowledged that other factors could have affected the results of the study, which only discovered an association between risk for type 2 diabetes and bicycling habits, but not a cause-and-effect relationship.What they found most interesting is the fact that those who started the habit later in life had a lower of risk of type 2 diabetes as well, given that the participants were men and women of middle age and old age.The results underline that even when a person enters older age, it is not too late to go cycling to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.Why Cycling Is Good For Your HealthRasmussen says cycling can be added to a person's every day routine.The activity may also be appealing to a huge part of the population, including those who, due to a lack of time, would not have the resources to engage in other forms of physical activity.The research team concluded that programs that support cycling should be encouraged around the world.Details of the study were published in the journal PLOS Medicine.Photo: Joel Henner | Flickr© 2016 TECH TIMES, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION.

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