America suffers from an inactivity pandemic which is resulting in an obesity crisis and one of the roots of this problem is that P.E. is not offered every day to American children.
This lack of national fitness is affecting national health care costs and our ability to recruit a fit military but things are beginning to change as Chicago Public Schools will institute daily PE beginning this fall and the Michigan legislature is considering upgrading PE for elementary and middle school students.Mike May, PHIT America introdices you to some new sports and fitness products that might INSPIRE people to PERSPIRE and get ACTIVE!
1.) The Burn Machine – It’s a handheld fitness accessory which combines hand weights with the speed bag workout that boxers use. It’s easy to demonstrate. It can be used for cardio-intensive workouts or building muscle.
2.) SportCount — A handy-dandy ring-sized lap counter which is good for walkers, runners, and swimmers…..it enables you to calculate (1) your total number of laps in the workout; (2) the average lap speed; (3) fastest lap; (4) and total time.
3.) Lotus Folding Yoga Mat – Most yoga mats are ones that are rolled. This one is foldable, which is perfect for travel….and a great compact home yoga accessory.
4.) Instinct 1.5 Running Shoes from ICON Health & Fitness – Runner’s World voted this shoe as Best Debut shoe for 2013. Key thing about these shoes is the zero drop from heel to forefoot. These shoes have no elevated heel that most running shoes have. Also, the shape of the toe box is foot shaped, not wedge-shaped like most running shoes, which allows your toes to spread naturally. It provides a more powerful toe-off and more stable landing. Roughly 40 million Americans are categorized as runners or joggers.
5.) 195 Ankle Brace and Rebound Compression Socks from McDavid – Injury prevention is a major theme in sports right now and ankle sprains are the most common injury. Wearing an ankle brace means you are three times less likely to injure your ankle. These are worn by athletes of all ages and abilities. This ankle brace is made to complement the natural movements of the body for any athlete…..and the Rebound Compression Socks help improve blood circulation to the calf muscles, ankles, and feet which enables the body to recover quicker following a practice, workout, or actual game.
6.) Xfinity Fitness Band – The only resistance band that you will ever need. It can fold in half to double-up for super resistance. It helps target specific muscle groups by looping it around your feet, hands, ankles, and wrists.
7.) Recovery Footwear (Sandles and Flip Flops) from Oofos – The perfect footwear to wear after a game, practice, or workout. Once you put them on your feet, you just want to say, “Ooowww.” This footwear helps rejuvenate your feet so you get ready for your next game or practice. They bring comfort to a different level, as if you are walking on foam!
8.) Kwik Golf – A perfect way to introduce a child to golf and fitness. The holes are above ground, roughly two feet in diameter. The game is played outdoors in the backyard or in a park. The purpose of the game is to run after each shot. Your score is based on how few strokes you take and how little time it takes to play! It’s fitness and golf……perfect for a PE class at school or a summer camp!