fitness, health, medicine

What Is Different About America?

Minneapolis-St. Paul is the healthiest American city. That’s according to the American College of Sport Medicine’s 2012 American Fitness Index. The index, which considers factors ranging from number of tennis courts to percentage of smokers, also ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul the healthiest city in 2011. This is attributed to the rapid increase of exercise studios and local government investing in parklands. Washington D.C. was ranked second followed by Boston, San Francisco and Hartford. Oklahoma City – due primarily to smoking and increased obesity – was ranked the unhealthiest city proceeded by Detroit, Louisville, Dallas and Birmingham. These are cities without a “healthy appetite for life”.

Overall, more than 33% of adult Americans are obese; but rates vary by state. A 2011 telephone survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked adults their height and weight. Although state rates of obesity remained about the same, the number of states with at least 30% of the adult population being obese increased from 9 states to 12. They were Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. Mississippi had the highest rate – 36% – and Colorado had the lowest – 21%. It seems America’s obesity problems come from “fatheadedness”.

Provo, Utah is the best American city for “successful aging”. That was the finding of a 2012 Milken Institute report. The report analyzed data for 78 indicators of success including health care, housing, transportation, education opportunities and cultural experiences. The indicators were then weighed based on survey information regarding what was most important to seniors, with health care and financial security being their top concerns. Madison, Wisconsin was ranked second followed by Omaha, Nebraska; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York, New York. However, the Milken Institute didn’t define successful aging because it couldn’t define the “u” in success.

Finally, what state is supposedly the clumsiest? A 2012 study by the warranty provider Square Trade was based on the number of damaged or broken iPhones and iPads. For iPhones Mississippi was ranked as the clumsiest followed by New Mexico, Rhode Island, North Dakota and South Carolina. When it came to iPads, South Carolina was ranked the clumsiest followed by Mississippi, Nebraska, Washington D.C. and Alaska. Unfortunately, Square Trade didn’t speculate on why these states had the most accidents with Apple products nor did they say why such a study was necessary. Nevertheless, I don’t think the findings will “upset the applecart”.…

fitness, health

Fitness Center: Layout Design and the Benefits of More Detailed Real Life (3D) Designs

Whether you’re opening a personal fitness studio or a state-of-the-art training facility, planning the layout of your health center is the key to its success. Various factors have to be considered while designing a fitness club – from architectural principles to electrical fittings, from plumbing fixtures to aesthetics, from planning the layout of equipment to incorporating safety measures.

The way you design and outfit your facility will have a huge influence on its ability to attract and retain clientele and therein lay its importance.

Designing your fitness club is a strategic exercise and can be an exhausting process vulnerable to mistakes that can cost you a fortune. But the widespread use of real time or 3D (three dimensional) computer-aided design software has made the process a lot more efficient.

Three dimensional or 3D in simple terms means images that provide a perception of depth. In designing, 3D models refer to the mathematical and geometrical representation of three-dimensional objects using specialized software. When these objects or images are made interactive, it provides a real time experience to the viewer often termed as virtual reality.

But how does implementing 3D design system help you, the owner of a fitness center? Well, there are several benefits of using 3D designs if you are starting a new fitness solutions facility or renovating an existing one.

Reduced Timelines: Computer aided 3D designing is a much faster process than the traditional paper-based design system. It leads to faster completion of a design cycle and you’ll have your end product ready in a much shorter timeframe. The sooner your design is ready, the quicker you’ll be able to start the implementation.

Cost Savings: No entrepreneur can deny the importance of cost savings to his business and using real time 3D design software can do that for you in ways more than one. First, it will eliminate the need for using costly physical prototypes. Second, it will reduce the cost of design development. Third, you can get more work done without the addition of extra resources. Finally, it will reduce costs associated with errors in project design.

Quality Control: Being more comprehensive than 2D designs, 3D modeling greatly improves the quality of the output. This method allows designers to create a lot more iterations of your facility’s design without too much of a time lag, leading to a quality end product while not compromising on efficiency.

Accuracy in Planning: This is an absolute no-brainer and one of the key benefits of using 3D modeling to design your fitness facility. If done correctly, 3D computer-aided designing can represent outputs with exact accuracy. Also, since errors can be fixed and client demands included at the planning stage itself, the finished product is as close to perfect as it can get.

Real Time Visualization: This is another important advantage of 3D modeling. By making use of 3D modeling software, designers are able to create real time, life-sized representation of your property. This makes it easier for you to visualize the final …