Fitness rivals forced to get flexible after a boom in 24-hour gyms
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Aerobic fitness boosts memory and learning in children
Fitter children performed better on memory tests From the aerobic fitness test, the researchers found that half of the children were in the top 30% of fitness for their age group, while the other half scored in the lowest 30%. The results of the memory tests showed that the group who were in the top 30% for their level of fitness performed significantly better, compared with children who were in the lowest 30%. The study authors explain: “The current findings indicate that interspersed testing and study as well as higher levels of aerobic fitness benefits learning and memory. Interestingly, fitness differences interacted with initial learning strategy, with higher fit children outperforming lower fit children in recall of the regions learned using the study only condition, while higher and lower fit children performed similarly in recall of the regions learned using the test-study condition.” The researchers note that these findings may suggest that higher levels of fitness have the greatest impact in the most challenging situations.
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”I saw a significant drop in my new memberships and people dropping off because they like that flexibility of the 24-hour gym,” said Richard Kairouz, who has owned the gym since 2009 and has about 500 members. ”To compete for that dollar, you have to provide something more these days.” The 24-hour gym in the All Sorts fitness centre in Alexandria has gone so well the owners hope to extend the hours of their main gym to 24 hours by the end of the year. ”There’s definitely a market out there for people who are wanting to work out of hours,” co-manager Thomas Giatsios said. On the northern beaches, two 24-hour gyms have opened in Mona Vale within 18 months. Another will open soon.
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