Incorporating hiking and boxing into this year’s fall programming.
During the pandemic, many fitness enthusiasts turned to the outdoors while gyms and facilities were closed and social distancing was encouraged. And as the fall season approaches, this trend is predicted to continue – especially in the form of hiking.
A recent study conducted by RunRepeat with data from AllTrails – the largest hiking and trail-specific navigation app – explored the effect COVID-19 had on hiking by analyzing 7,927,354 activities logged on the app since January 1, 2016.
Here are the key findings:
The study concluded more app users are logging more hikes than ever and presuming new hikers started and continue to hit the trails throughout the pandemic, these new hikers are moving faster than seen over the past few years.
It is predicted members will be seeking programming this fall that supports being outside. Try organizing meet-ups for members at the head of a local trail, or set up a virtual hike through the free AllTrails app for members to participate on their own time.
To some members, boxing can appear more intimidating than beneficial. But the key to promoting your facility’s boxing program is marketing the benefits. And if your facility currently doesn’t have a boxing program, maybe it should.
While boxing has been viewed as an aggressive form of exercise, it has more recently been viewed as a fun way to challenge one’s mind and body – a perfect exercise for those seeking more whole-person health.
In a recent article by Healthline, the following science-backed benefits are outlined:
In conclusion, when promoting a boxing program to your members, be sure to market the benefits including improved heart health, body composition and strength, as well as lower blood pressure and weight loss.
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