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Mike Alpert is COO of Smart Health Clubs.

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Exercise IS Medicine!
April 2019 - Each year, we provide scholarships to 150 financially disadvantaged children for our summer camp programs. For my article this month, I want to share a letter that was written to my Childcare Director, Cathleen Garner, from a PE teacher at Alta Loma Junior High School... Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
May 2019 - Exercise is a very powerful tool for both the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, for mitigating the harmful effects of obesity and for lowering mortality rates. In fact, there is a linear relationship between activity level and health status. People who maintain an active and fit way of life live longer, happier lives. In contrast, physical inactivity has an astonishing array of harmful health effects. People who are sedentary and unfit very predictably begin to suffer prematurely from chronic disease and die at a younger age. This association between disease and an inactive and unfit way of life exists in every age group: children, adults and the elderly. The results of studies consistently show that those who are active and fit are healthier. For this reason, many have suggested that physical inactivity is the major public health problem of our time. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
June 2019 - For my article this month, I want to write about our Living Well After Cancer Program, and specifically, the medical research study being conducted by the City of Hope. As you will see, the results are pretty phenomenal and certainly support the title: Exercise IS Medicine. Cancer treatment is becoming more effective, and the number of cancer survivors is increasing exponentially each and every year. There are currently 16.9 million cancer survivors currently living in the United States, which constitutes 5% of our total population. This number is expected to increase to 21.7 million people by 2029 and to 26.1 million by 2040. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
August 2019 - For my article this month, I want to write about how I got started on this Exercise IS Medicine journey and also recognize some amazing people that inspire me to keep going. Back in 1992, while I was serving as one of the Managing Partners of The Athletic Club of Bend, I was fortunate to be able to work with a little five-year-old boy who had Spina Bifida. His name is Gabe West, and today, he is 28 years old. Twice a week, his mother would bring him in to the club where I would take him into the warm water side of our 25-meter pool and work with him. The work was actually play time as I would help him do summersaults in the water and walk him around in the water where he felt buoyant and like he could move his hips. The happiness that this brought to him, and the way he would hold onto me, is something that I have never forgotten. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
October 2019 - For the past few years, I have been writing this monthly column for Club Insider, doing my best to promote and move forward a global initiative called Exercise IS Medicine. The intent has been three-fold... Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
November 2019 - Most everyone in our industry knows that Diabetes is a terrible chronic disease and that it is one of the most financially draining illnesses to treat. Let's take a look at what Diabetes is, the complications that are offshoots of this disease and how exercise can be used to treat it. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
January 2020 - Welcome to 2020: A New Year and a new decade! I hope that everyone reading my article this month had a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a joyous New Year. For my first article of this New Year, I want to share a story with you about an incident that I had near the end of 2019, an incident that had a profound effect on me. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
February 2020 - Many of you, like me, have known and respected Amy Bantham through her years of work at IHRSA. And, you may know that she has been an advocate of Exercise is Medicine and is now pursuing her Ph.D. at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Recently, I read an article she posted on LinkedIn: Health News Roundup - December 2019. I think it confirms what we have all known and what I have been writing about for many years. The following is a summary of her article... Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
March 2020 - When most people think of healthcare, their focus is most often on doctor visits, preventive care, blood and lab tests and physical check-ups. But, there are other factors such as better nutrition, reducing stress and doing things that bring happiness to our lives that are in our personal control. And, I believe that exercise is one of these controllable factors and is highly effective at improving overall health. In my past articles, I have discussed many of these health benefits, including the prevention of certain types of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even mortality. This month, I want to focus on the benefits of exercise on women. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
April 2020 - I want you to know that, as I watch and listen to news and business channels, I am incredibly proud of our country. How we are handling this terrible COVID-19 virus and the efforts being made by doctors, nurses, scientists, first responders, economists and too many others to mention in my article is inspiring and uplifting. I have felt for years that, if we could get the public and private sectors to work together, we would achieve things that no one ever thought possible. And, as it is showing as we battle this pandemic, it can work with our health care system if we can get the experts in fitness to begin working together with them to promote Exercise is Medicine. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
May 2020 - I am sure that all of you who are reading Club Insider this month cannot wait to get back to your clubs and out of your home office. I can never remember a more taxing and stressful time in my business life than these past seven weeks. It is one thing being isolated at home and having to watch COVID-19 news 24/7, seven days a week, but also having the responsibility of our wonderful staff and vendors is additionally taxing. Clubs around the world have seen cancellations rise due to members who have been furloughed or laid off, and in some cases, some are simply afraid to come back once we re-open. Read Article...

Exercise IS Medicine!
July 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has reeked havoc on the health and fitness club industry and has changed so many things that we were accustomed to. Many of those changes have affected businesses throughout the world, and certainly, here in the United States. As States and counties begin to reopen, businesses are being required to change the way they operated in the past to meet guidelines set up by their governing officials. And, it seems that some of the guidelines continue to change on a somewhat regular basis. Read Article...

How We Can Expand Our Learning By Giving
Part I

November 2018 - The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and I must say that it's my favorite time of the year. You might think it's because of gifts, parties and food and beverages, but it's really because of the giving spirit that seems to especially come out this time of year. I have been honored to be part of the REX Roundtables since 2002, and it has meant more to me both professionally and personally than anything I can think of. Our Roundtable is made up of some of the finest club operators and people I know. So, I want to let you know about the extraordinary giving that these clubs are doing in their communities to make life better for others in need... Read Article...

Inactivity, Sedentary Lifestyles and Overeating...
July 2018 - Inactivity, sedentary lifestyles and overeating, which are major causes of chronic illness, pose a very challenging and scary future for our country. I was recently at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and could not help but notice the huge number of adults and children who were overweight or obese. It was truly shocking. At the hotel pool, and at the parks, over two-thirds of the people I saw fit into this category. Whether we were eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, seeing the amount and types of food that was being consumed literally turned my stomach. Read Article...

Launch Your Own Augie's Quest Fundraising Effort!
February 2019 - As the month of March approaches, I look forward to two things: MLB Spring Training and our annual IHRSA convention, especially when it is in San Diego, one of my favorite cities in the United States. Like many of you, the opportunity to meet old friends and make new friends, as well, as to soak in all the education I can makes IHRSA a can't miss event. Importantly, it also allows me to attend and support Augie's Quest on the Friday evening of the convention. That is why I want to dedicate this article to my dear friend and industry icon, Augie Nieto. Read Article...

Nadia
January 2019 - The story I want to share with you this month is about a beautiful young girl by the name of Nadia. I met her two years ago after my Facility Director shared a link to her story that was on NBC News Los Angeles. I was absolutely mesmerized as I watched the segment unfold, and I could not stop thinking about how lucky I was to be living a healthy and independent life in the United States. Read Article...

Point - Counterpoint: Exercise IS Medicine
June 2021 - Although I do not know Cosmo Wollan, I want to thank him for reading my recent article and for taking the time to give his input and opinion on Exercise and Fitness. A counter-perspective is always a good thing, and we can certainly learn from them. After all, that is what makes our country so fantastic: people are encouraged to have different opinions on a subject or issue, and we should all be open to listening and considering their point of view. We can then come to our own conclusion. Read Article...

Technology Validates the Term "Exercise IS Medicine"
January 2022 - It would be hard to deny the important role that technology plays in the business world today, and our industry is no exception. One challenge can be the number of choices we have to consider, from club operating systems that manage billing and member management to mobile and web apps that give members the ability to purchase products and services or to book classes, view videos, reserve courts and many other functions beneficial to a club, such as digital marketing, hiring a service provider and running robust camps and tennis operations. Read Article...

The "Insider Speaks"
An Important Message for The Industry

June 2020 - Last month, my article focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect that it is having on our industry. We have all struggled with being isolated at home, and our clubs were closed for almost three months. Many have been struggling to keep their businesses going, and the financial and emotional stress has certainly taken a toll on everyone. But, this month, I am moved to focus my article on something that we all should feel strongly about as an industry: Diversity and Equality. Read Article...

The Pain of Closing a Club and How to Do It Properly
February 2021 - As I look back on 2020, many things go through my head, and many emotions come to the surface. At the Claremont Club in Claremont, California, we had come off the best year in our 46-year history with strong membership growth; extremely low membership and staff attrition; no aged payables and record net income. Our 2020 budget was a somewhat aggressive one, and yet, through February, we were nicely ahead of our projections. None of us had any idea of what was coming. Read Article...

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