Want to win tickets for the Vitality Show?

The Register of Exercise Professionals has two free tickets for the Vitality Show at London’s Earl’s Court from Friday March 23rd to Sunday March 25th. To be entered into a draw to win them just visit https://www.facebook.com/REPsUK#!/REPsUK and share the link about REPs with your Facebook friends. Entrants will also need to email their REPs’ registration details to info@exerciseregister.org with the words Vitality Show Competition in the message box. Entrants will be picked at random on Thursday March 15th.

If you’re not successful don’t worry – tickets can be purchased through the Vitality Show website http://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Vit32Public.aspx at a discounted rate using the following code: ROPPROF (2 tickets for £24 saving £14). If you’re at the show don’t forget to come by to the REPs’ stand (F200) to come and say hello! See you there…………..

Over 60s more active than teenagers

UK healthcare charity Nuffield Health has found that its members reaching the pension age and above visit the gym on average more times per year than teenagers. The charity analysed usage figures of its 120,000 fitness and wellbeing centre members and found that gym visits peaked at 66-years-old, having increased by four times each decade.

People in their sixties and above make more than 20 additional trips on average compared to teenage members, while those in their seventies and eighties visit the gym 70 times a year. According to the charity, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of the total membership base are aged at least 50-years-old,

Nuffield Health managing director of consumer wellbeing Laura Kerby said: “Our fitness and wellbeing centres have a very solid number of older members wanting to maintain and improve their overall health and fitness. “The health MOT these members receive means they are reassured that their fitness activity has a positive impact on their health.” Nuffield Health medical director for consumer wellbeing Dr Sarah Dauncey added: “We are living and working longer than ever before, so it is essential that people are given the tools they need to take control of their own health.”

Industry relevance: Given that this group is probably newer to working out in the gym than their younger counterparts and may therefore need more support in the gym setting- this news should bode well for personal trainers.

Working together for Scottish health

Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch and REPs’ External Liaison Manager Rebecca Weissbort met with health professionals and representatives from leisure trusts during a meeting in Edinburgh late last month. At the meeting were Flora Jackson, Physical Activity Alliance Co-ordinator for NHS Scotland and members of Fife Leisure, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow Life and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.

The group discussed the Register and ways of improving the work it does to support these organisations, and others, in Scotland do to foster increased levels of activity and a more healthy lifestyle. Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “REPs is a UK wide register and as such it is vitally important we work with member countries like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to devise ways we can help them and their particular needs. “This meeting gave us a lot of food for thought and we’re looking forward to taking the points raised forward and working together for a healthier Scotland.”

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