Nearly two-thirds or 130 million adults in the United States are overweight, and nearly one-third, or 61 million, is obese. Approximately 15% of children and adolescents are overweight. An estimated 70% of overweight individuals face a greater risk of diabetes and related illnesses. Exercise helps to control type 2 diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance and burning excess glucose. Studies have shown that a healthy diet and regular exercise regiment are essential steps to not only lose weight, but also to reduce stress and lower cholesterol.
Today, there are 39.4 million health club members in the United States. Despite that seemingly high number, nearly 90% of the United States has yet to join a gym. In efforts to thwart this ongoing health epidemic, the Government has undertaken various initiatives to encourage Americans to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. But combating this health crisis is no small task and often those who have never exercised before are often unsure of where to begin.
Most people are not familiar with the locations of gym and health facilities in their neighborhood or the cost and services of local fitness professionals. Fearful of hurting themselves or losing interest too quickly, millions of Americans look to enlist the help of fitness professionals to direct them on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
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