Life Time has scrubbed all-news cable channels from the screens at its fitness centers, saying a growing number of customers think they don't fit a healthy lifestyle.
For some, particularly amid today's high-velocity news cycle, this daily routine may involve hitting a treadmill or elliptical machine while catching up on cable TV networks.
Life Time Fitness, a Minnesota-based gym chain, has chose to eliminate all national cable network news stations from the TV screens at its 128 fitness centers in the US and Canada. However, USA, A&E, Discovery, HGTV, the local over-the-air stations, and ESPN will remain available to interested gym members.
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Social media reaction to the decision was mixed, with some users thanking Life Time for a gym environment that helps them "escape from the news of the real world". These TVs can be seen throughout the fitness areas, but can only be heard through headphones.
Life Time health clubs have decided the news these days isn't exactly healthy for its clients. The club also said it would offer local news on the big TVs.
The decision, which she said was made after "an ongoing discussion for some time", kicked in at the start of 2018.
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"Negative news can affect your own personal worries", psychologist Dr.
"He said there was a new corporate policy", Miller said. One man who said he "enjoys consuming news and politics" was "disappointed" with the announcement. There are Life Time gyms in Rockville, Maryland; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Columbia, Maryland; Fairfax, Virginia; and Reston, Virginia.
The post on Twitter drew both supportive and negative comments.
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"For many of us it's the only time to watch the news!" tweeted Grant Napear, a sports radio host based in Sacramento.